How many of you stopped just for a moment this past Saturday and thought about where you were on May 18th 33 years ago? That moment didn’t occur for me until I was sitting out on the deck that evening.

May 18th 1980, we were living on the bench east of the Stevensville airport. We looked across the valley at St. Mary’s peak and thought, “we’d better get inside, there’s a storm coming.” Little did we know that we were about to experience several days of volcanic ash from Mt St Helens.  Its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m. PDT was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.

We were lucky enough here in Western Montana to get some rain after about a week to settle the dust but the rain didn’t quit and we had some flooding. What a series of natural occurrences.  Like I said, I’ll bet if you were around here then you’ve got a story to tell. I’d like to hear it.