Read a moving account of surviving (and dying on) Mount St. Helens

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8 Responses to “Read a moving account of surviving (and dying on) Mount St. Helens”

  1. Boundegar says:

    A new high? In Philadelphia, even the babies cuss that much.

  2. This was a very interesting and enjoyable read. The stuff about Harry R. Truman was especially interesting. Thank you for posting this Maggie.

  3. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Harry Truman knew himself well.  Have to respect him.

  4. anon0mouse says:

    Mr. Truman appeared to have a monumental lack of appreciation for his situation.  He seemed to believe he was going to survive.  He paid lip service to the possibility of dying, but expressed a sense of invulnerability. “I’m king of all I survey….I’m settin’ high on the @#* hog.” Lucky for him, he probably had no idea he was wrong before reality ended the debate.

  5. Bigus Dickus says:

    I watched the whole spectacle from my living room window. We had four or five inches of ash on the ground by the time it was finished. I was young then but to me Harry was an unmovable object facing what I think he knew was an irresistible force. He understood that we all die someday and that since the death of his wife I think he felt his best days were behind him. That mountain is a part of me as well. I have been exploring her lava tubes for many years and this friday I will be with my youngest daughter as she takes her first trip into the darkness of the Ape Cave on a school fieldtrip. I still have ash from that day and a few bits of the pyroclastic lava bombs that rained down much closer to the mountain. I am grateful to have been witness to the eruption and the rebirth of the area since.

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