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Initial post: May 16, 2013 11:34:18 PM PDT
Lyn says:
♥.Good Morning ♥. Good Afternoon, ♥.or Good Evening


My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth,beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same,we are one.


I have so many places to go for one day trips and today is sort of one of them. Details later. Business first.


(Ɔ ˘⌣˘)♥(˘⌣˘ C)

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:34:43 PM PDT
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Posted on May 16, 2013 11:34:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:37:14 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Some moments in history sear their date and time into your memory. Yes, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when both John Glenn and Alan Shepard went into space. When we got the news Kennedy had been shot.

The other date I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing is May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m. I was in our first home in Federal Way and we were just starting to make breakfast.

Who here, outside of a true PNWer, knows where and what they were doing that day at that time?

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:35:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:37:34 PM PDT
Lyn says:
. . . . . .╰☆╮ Ponder of the Day╰☆╮ . . . . . .

"Ain't no g*dd@mn way in hell they're gonna move me from this mountain."
Harry Truman

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:35:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:37:54 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Most of us consider the Mt St Helens eruption of 1980, old news. If you're under 40, it was never news; it was history. Ancient history, maybe. That's normal. Time moves forward. Everything that happens today will be history before you know it.

Let's go back to a time before St Helens blew her top: before it was history; before it was even news. On the first day of spring, 1980, people were talking about hostages in Iran and the Sonics heading for the playoffs. No one was discussing volcanoes in Washington State. Few people around here expected to see an active volcano in their midst during their lifetimes - let alone a violent eruption within nine weeks! But that was before the pristine, symmetrical snow-clad peak northeast of Vancouver (WA) started spitting steam and ash.

If you only glanced at the front page, you might not have thought anything was amiss until March 25, 1980 when a small photo and headline appeared above the masthead in the Tuesday afternoon edition of the Seattle Times. A science reporter's article at the bottom of page B-1 talked about a swarm of earthquakes around the mountain. "Geologists aren't sure what the quakes portend," the reporter wrote. And the developing events didn't even hold the newspaper's interest for very long. After a flurry of prominent articles, the shaking and bulging volcano had become routine and dropped off the front page for almost three weeks (April 17 to May 5), before reappearing only four more times before May 18. On eruption Sunday, while local TV were broadcasting non-stop coverage, Seattle Times readers had to turn to page C-1 (the 49th page overall) for any mention of the mountain.

And Then..

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:35:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:38:15 PM PDT
Lyn says:
"Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" On May 18, 1980, U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist David Johnston had a clear view of Mount St. Helens north flank from his monitoring station 5.5 miles away. Just seconds after the 30-year-old radioed his final words to colleagues, the snow-capped volcano blew itself spectacularly apart.

The mountain had been tranquil until two months earlier, when an earthquake jolted the sleeping giant to life. Even as state police blocked access roads and evacuated homes within a 10-mile "red zone," throngs of tourists, television crews, rescue officials and geologists descended on the heavily forested region 50 miles north of Portland, Ore. A steady succession of more than 10,000 earthquakes, and hundreds of explosive blasts of steam, signaled the pressure building beneath the volcano's slopes. But by Saturday, May 17, the mountain seemed silent. The Red Cross had recalled its emergency cots, and many of the sightseers, having given up on a grand finale, had already gone home.

The next morning at 8:32, Mount St. Helens began to tremble. What Johnston then witnessed, as he called in his warning, was the largest landslide in recorded history. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake cut loose the volcano's north flank, which had bulged by 450 ft. A wave of earth and ice rushed down the mountain at 150 mph, pouring into Spirit Lake and coursing 13 miles down the North Fork of the Toutle River - simultaneously scouring it bare and smothering it with as much as 600 ft. of debris. By the time it petered out, the landslide had entombed 24 square miles of forest.

Without a cap of earth to keep it sealed under pressure, Mount St. Helens exploded. Sulfur dioxide gas in the freshly exposed magma, together with compressed water and steam, expanded and blew out the north side of the mountain. This "lateral blast" of ash, magma, rocks and sand reached 100 stories high and spread 10 miles wide as it plowed down valleys and over ridges at speeds near 700 mph.

It was this lateral blast, or surge, as some geologists prefer to call it, which claimed most of the 57 fatalities that day - including Johnston. Neither he nor his trailer was ever found, both presumably hurtled into the next valley and buried in debris.

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:35:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:38:38 PM PDT
Lyn says:
As far as 17 miles from the volcano, the surge flattened thousands of 100-ft. trees, some 6 ft. in diameter, and feathered them atop each other. State officials estimated that 4 billion board feet of timber was knocked over that day - enough to build at least 150,000 homes. Some 7000 elk, deer and bear were killed, along with millions of salmon fingerlings. Fish in rivers near the volcano literally jumped onto shore as the water temperature rocketed to 90 degrees. On the whole, the eruption turned 230 square miles of lush forest that lured 500,000 visitors a year for wilderness recreation into a lunar wasteland.

The lateral blast uncorked Mount St. Helens, opening a vent where, for the next 9 hours, a 3-mile-wide gusher of ash and magma spewed skyward. It reached 63,000 ft. into the stratosphere, twice the height that most commercial airliners fly. A group of climbers near the summit of Mount Adams, 30 miles to the west, reported that ash, pebbles and singed pine cones rained down on them.

The ash traveled east at 60 mph, and by 9:45 am had turned day into night in Yakima, Wash., dumping 600,000 tons of the fine powder on the city. Two hours later it did the same thing in Spokane. Six thousand miles of Washington's highways, city streets and logging roads were, for a time, impassable; no traffic got in or out of the town of Ritzville for three days. The fine ash clogged air filters and brought cars already on the road sputtering to a halt, stranding thousands of drivers. Regional air traffic was grounded. Up to 6 in. of ash rained down on states as far away as Oklahoma.

Even as the main eruption subsided, a series of mini disasters ensued. Water and mud began to seep out of the initial landslide and rumble down the North Fork of the Toutle River. The mud raised the Toutle 21 ft. above flood stage, destroying 200 homes, then swept into the Cowlitz River and finally into the Columbia. It shrank the Columbia River's 600-ft.-wide, 39-ft.-deep shipping channel to just a third of its size. More than 30 oceangoing freighters were stranded upstream in Portland and in Vancouver, Wash.

Four days after the eruption, President Carter flew over the disaster zone in a helicopter. "Somebody said it looked like a moonscape, but the moon looks like a golf course compared to what is up there," the president said. "It is a horrible-looking sight. There is no way to prepare oneself for the sight we beheld this morning."

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:35:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:39:44 PM PDT
Lyn says:
I was going to get some still pictures for you but this web site does such a good job of it, I am just going to use it. The last picture you need to give some time to because it shows Mt St Helens before and then switches to what it looks like today.

And of course some video. It was very interesting watching this on you tube. A lot of memories came flooding back especially the "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it! and then silence. All the videos are different. Yes many of the same pictures are used but each has it's own spin on things and uses other footage.

I am now so used to seeing St Helens as she is now that I forget how beautiful she was. I am so glad that I got to go hiking on her before she changed.

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May 18th 1980, Sunday morning in Portland Oregon boyerbl was driving a delivery truck when Mount Saint Helens blew. It took him 27 years to return to the mountain. Here is a short video for those of you who didn't witness the explosion (Turn up the volume).

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News story about the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, including original footage shot by Dave Crockett on the mountain, as he tries to escape from the eruption in progress. PS He made it.

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Reenactments, personal recollections and documentary narration, of one of the most awesome natural events in our nation's history. The film is highlighted by some spectacular footage and recordings made at the time of the Mount St. Helens explosion. 22 minutes and well worth it.

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A look at the people, history, and recovery of the mountain since the eruption 30 years ago. Produced by Compel Media.
41 minute 30th year documentary

Posted on May 16, 2013 11:36:07 PM PDT
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Lyn says:


Posted on May 16, 2013 11:40:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2013 11:45:46 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Happy Dance Time

Red posted this last night: 11:07:07 PM PDT

Update - I am jumping up and down with excitement

new GS has arrived in the middle of the night :-D (not sure whether natural or induced - but will find out)

Received a text while I was sleeping (typical - I didn't hear it)

I have no details except that he is small and beautiful and all looks good.

So am taking the day off work and will go to hospital, really, really need to see them all. They are not answering their phones, so guess they are all asleep after a hard night.

When I know more I will let you know.

Thank you all for caring ♥

Posted on May 17, 2013 12:06:49 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Night folks. See you in a few hours.

Posted on May 17, 2013 12:25:49 AM PDT
Robb- I remember it well even though I lived in the mountains of Colorado at the time oif the eruption. I had been using a borrowed car while mine was in the shop and got in to head to work. There was a think layer of what I thought was dust on the windshield that I tried to clear it with the wipers. BIG mistake~!! I ended up having to replace the windshield because it was scratched so badly from the ash. I can't even imagine what it must have been for everyone here in the area. I have friends that have told me horror stories of that time and sincerely hope that another of the many dormant volcanoes in the area don't "blow". It is always in the back of my mind. How did it affect you personally?


Posted on May 17, 2013 12:35:55 AM PDT
Welcome to the world redandwhite GS. Every baby is our renewed promise to hope for a better future.

Blessed be.

Posted on May 17, 2013 12:59:14 AM PDT
Good morning all, and hipp hipp hurra to the Norwegians, American-Norwegians and everybody else who want to help celebrate May 17th, Constitution Day in Norway. This year we celebrate 199 years of democracy and 100 years of women's right to vote, the weather is lovely and we have already done the marching band, nathional anthem, hot dogs and ice cream (including the traditional kid-dropping-ice-cream-on-mum's-national-costume part). Hope everybody celebrates with us:)

And of course this is all in celebration of redandwhite's new grandbaby, hipp, hipp, HURRA!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2013 1:00:51 AM PDT
Robb, I was only nine and a bit when Mt. St. Helens errupted, but I remember the news reports so well, the pictures of the post-apocalyptic landscape are seared on my brain! Thank you for giving me a time reference and all these details - I will look into the links when I have a chance.

Posted on May 17, 2013 1:22:43 AM PDT
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AnnieB says:
Doing the happy dance for R&W and her family! Welcome, little guy! ^^

Good morning, everyone :D Really great pics and info about Mt. St. Helens. I remember it very well. I was in high school near Pittsburgh PA and I distinctly remember getting into a pointless argument with a classmate who was of the 'whatEVERRRRR, it's ... like... on the other side of the WORRRRRLLDDD /eyeroll' mentality. I couldn't understand anyone not being appalled (and awed) by the incredible destruction.

Also yesterday in this thread we talked about 17th may.. Norway's national independence day. If anyone wants to see a live webcam of one of the main town squares in Bergen, here's a link the paper is in Norwegian, but you can see the webcam without any problems :) You'll be able to see all the people in the gorgeous bunader (local national traditional dress, for men and women :D )

Some freebies for today:
Lucky Stiff (The Lillian Byrd Crime Series)
Cafenova (Clairmont Series)
Chasing Amanda (Mystery/Suspense)
Truth Be Veiled: A Justin Steele Murder Case
Bloody Murdock (A Matt Murdock Murder Mystery)
The Five Minute Weight-Loss Method: The simple method that really works (Lose weight and belly fat fast without dieting)
Wrestling with Pigs : A Story of Bayou Drug Smuggling
Black Jasmine (Lei Crime Series) (other parts previously free)
Just Add Salt (Hetta Coffey Mystery Series (Book 2)) (other parts previously free)
CLOCKWISE (book one in the Clockwise series) (YA time travel)
Maid for Love, The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1 (Romance by Marie Force)
Treading Water, The Treading Water Series, Book 1 (another romance by Marie Force)

Have a good day everyone... I'm up making french toast and waffles (yes, with brunost and jordbær syltetøy) for a horde of hungry teenagers...
Edited to add.. very strange.. .the autolink error thingy says there's a max of 10 links per post, even though I knew that and only posted 10 links... and it cut off the last 2. If you go look for the title and Marie Force, they'll pop up. I know nothing about the author really, except that she's highly rated (I don't read many romance or 'chick lit' type books... Jane Austen and the Brontës suffice for my chick lit fix :)
Edited again to add... mea culpa. Ammy's robots 1: Annie 0. >< I didn't hit 'enter' after 2 of the books I linked :P Hoookay, obviously running back and forth from the kitchen to the dining room to post in between rounds of cooking wasn't the most efficient way to do it. :)

Posted on May 17, 2013 1:37:20 AM PDT
BubbaK says:
Robb- I remember watching it on the news. I was 20 and about 6 mths pregnant with oldest. I remember vaguely some scenes. I will have to check yours out after I try to get some sleep and see if my eyes will peel open in the morning. Well actually it is almost morning here. But we just got home and going to catch a few zzzzzz's. See what tomorrow brings.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2013 2:00:42 AM PDT
Dianna says:
I was in high school when Mt. St. Helens erupted, but I too recall the landscapes. Especially this a frame house all covered in white ash. It seemed so unreal.

Posted on May 17, 2013 2:18:04 AM PDT
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AnnieB says:
I remember seeing a nearly buried car, totally destroyed inside and out and the thing that struck me was that it was TOTALLY isolated and buried in lava and in the middle of a street... and I remember thinking 'oh heavens I hope whomever was in that car managed to get away'... I also remembered hearing about one old gaffer (can't remember his name) who was about 80?something.. and he refused to leave his cabin right on the side of the mountain and I think (not sure but I believe) he died there :(

Aah... I see now that Rob quoted him... it was indeed Harry R. Truman... feisty old gaffer :)

Posted on May 17, 2013 3:26:01 AM PDT
Susan says:
Good Morning all - great start Robb :)
May 18th, 1980 - I was out of college for the semester and working at a summer job...

Congrats Red, hope all is well :)

Posted on May 17, 2013 3:31:16 AM PDT
Susan says:
After The Ending (The Ending Series)
The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, "they" thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them-with the rest of the world-but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams...all that is me. I'm someone else now-broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing-we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong...we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.
And more than anything, we have to find each other.

Posted on May 17, 2013 3:53:28 AM PDT
@Robb Thanks for a great start! I was six when this happened so I don't remember a lot, but I was very interested in it by the time I was ten or twelve.

Today I am in Old Orchard Beach with my mother. We will be going to Portland for a lighthouse cruise and then to the Maine desert. That's right, Maine has a desert.
Mom says next year for my 40th we can get a REALLY nice room to stay in. Hope the beds are more comfy.
Everyone have a great day!

Posted on May 17, 2013 4:43:38 AM PDT
Suze says:
Good Morning everyone!

Great start Robb......being on the opposite side of the country my first recollection of the eruption was that dust and ash travelled all the way to Pittsburgh.....that was amazing to me.


I was so hoping there would be good news when I read through the thread this morning. Thank God everything seems ok at this point and we can't wait to hear ALL the details!


Praying for good results today. I hope things turn out better than they seemed yesterday, how shocking that must have been, especially for your son! Let us know what you find out!

Posted on May 17, 2013 4:51:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2013 4:53:00 AM PDT
I have had this one on my wish list for quite a while..........
The First Responders: The Untold Story of The New York City Police Department and September 11th, 2001
On the morning of September 11th 2001, two hijacked jetliners crashed into the Twin Towers. Within minutes of the attack, 36 Emergency Service Unit cops of the NYPD responded to the scene. They divided into six Teams. The first five Teams entered the Towers, and the sixth Team headed for the helicopters to attempt a daring air rescue.

14 of them would not survive.

For the first time, here are the details of what the Emergency Service Unit teams did and saw as they climbed the burning Towers. Burden down with heavy equipment they searched for terrorist "sleepers," and survivors. Then the first Tower collapsed. Fearing that a second collapse was imminent, the firefighters and the police were ordered to evacuate. Now, the countdown began. In the harrowing final minutes, the police teams encountered everything from the absurd--including, the arrest of a mysterious man in the North Tower--to terrifying close calls. As the second Tower fell, tensions flared, bonds are formed, friends are lost, and tough and street-wise cops learn the true meaning of duty and heroism.

In this book, other stories from the NYPD include the rescue of two Port Authority cops, P.O. Will Jimeno and Sgt. John McLoughlin, who were buried under the collapse of the South Tower; the first flag raising, and the nine-month search and rescue--and the recovery--at Ground Zero.

These important and powerful stories have never been told...until now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2013 5:53:18 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Maine has a Portland? :-)
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