TBT: Mt. St. Helens

My #TBT photo today was taken in 1985, when I was four years old, during a visit to Smith Creek Trail near Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. I’m in the driver’s seat while my Mom is holding Jill next to me, waiting for Dad to finish taking photos. We were visiting relatives in Portland, Oregon when we made the trek to visit the site of the 1980 volcanic eruption. You can see some of the destruction outside our vehicle: that area was once a dense forest of trees. Five years later at the time, it still looked like a ghastly moonscape. I do remember the sight of all those trees, flat and scattered onto each other like ashy white toothpicks, made more ominous by the rain and fog that day. Quite an experience that left an impression!