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Mt. St. Helens, 30 Years Ago Today

In Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

Mt. St. Helens

30 years ago today I was in a bike race in Cheney, Washington. 2/3rds of the way through, on a hill through the brown velvet hills, I got a flat. As I bent over the thing, cursing that I hadn’t brought a patch kit, a hippy rode by. “Weird sky,” he said in that self-consciously mystical voice they all use. I was so upset at breaking down that I just ignored him, no idea what the hell he was talking about. Probably talking to his crack pipe, if there had been crack at the time. The sky was a little dark, so what? The pick-up van came by and I got in, surly among the losers who just decided it was too hard

I got back to the campus of Eastern Washington University several hours later. By that time the sky was quite dark. None of us had any idea why. I locked up my bike in the back of the truck and went into the union building to grab my brother.

“The volcano blew up!” he exclaimed when I found him. “They’re closing the roads.” Read the rest of this entry »