Mount St. Helens 40 Years On

Discussion in 'Pho-togs untie' started by TonisToo, May 19, 2020.

  1. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    It's been 40 years since the eruption at Mount St. Helens. Thought you might enjoy some photos of the riding in that area. The Forest Roads there are just fantastic. A mix of asphalt and dirt. 40 years later the impact is still very obvious. The dead trees are flattened and grey in the outward direction of the blast and Spirit Lake still has the dead trees in it.

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  2. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    In 1981 I was flying from LAX to Sea-Tac and the pilot came on the intercom as he was over it to inform anyone who wanted the view to one side of the plane. He then tipped the wing and we cruised it. The Google earth of its day.
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Cool, thanks for putting those up Tony.
  4. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I still remember the ash cloud that made its way across the Country over the next several days.
    Even more eerie than the smoke from Forest Fires that we occasionally encounter these days.

    Nice photos, Tony! And a beautiful day it was.
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  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    How different did the ash cloud look from smoke?
  6. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    The smoke always seems to add a brown tint to the sky.
    It definitely adds a bit of haze to the atmosphere, but it’s nothing like the effects that the ash did.
    It was more like during a total eclipse of The Sun, where it actually starts getting dark outside. Given the density of the ash, it had a much more dramatic filtering effect on the daylight. Really eerie.

    Given that ash is so abrasive as well, I remember that the airlines selectively suspended flights as the ash cloud worked its way across the Country over fears of damage to the engine turbines.
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  7. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    I remember when it erupted too... hard to believe that ash travelled all the way across Canada to us here
  8. Gregg J.

    Gregg J. Member

    Murph, we almost crossed paths! You in the air, me on the slab. I drove right by it just two weeks before it blew up. I worked in Naramata, BC at the time and one of the kitchen crew I worked with, Becky actually was a 'post eruption' victim as she was returning back from Spokan, Wa, and was lost with her boyfriend after a bridge collapsed and several cars were lost in the resulting volcanic lahar.
    Talk about ash....When I drove down to Yakama, Wa the next summer, ash was still EVERYWHERE.

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