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May 15, 2022


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Jenni Elyse

Reading about the Mount St. Helens eruption and Harry Truman who refused to leave because he didn't think the volcano would erupt made me think of Dante's Peak, lol. I, of course, knew about the eruption in 1980, but I was only 2 when it happened and I didn't know this Harry Truman person was famous for dying on the mountain because he didn't leave. I looked it up and Dante's Peak was based on the Mount St. Helens eruption.


What an emotional walk through memories with assists from cars. Have you ever tried to find your X on Facebook, just to look at current photos. I've checked out my old beau. He is married to a lovely woman so I hope he is happy.


I remember the eruption but I don’t remember HT.


My husband is friends with a scientist on the mountain when it erupted. He took one of the famous sequence of shots showing the side blowing out. Story is he was answering nature's call and everyone else in their group was scrambling into cars, which he did as well a few seconds later, snapping frames as he left.


What great photos! I never took enough pictures and the ones I had mysteriously disappeared from their storage place in an old chest my mom had- along with some other things. Seeing yours was like a trip back in time for me. The cars, the clothes, the hair, the mustaches...


I love trips down memory lane and this post was most enjoyable. The big hair. Riding wild in jeeps or motorcycles. Old boyfriends. Good times and mostly good memories.

Joanne Noragon

Not a downer, David Johnston excluded. Your brother was a handsome fellow, so was your ex. As for the jeep, I remember some frightening dirt bike rides.


Lovely pictures, especially of your parents. The past can be such a comforting place to visit, and only occasionally cringe inducing.


I had to do a google search to learn about Harry R Truman and not Harry S Truman whom I was pretty sure didn’t die on any mountain.

Arkansas Patti

Pictures really can take us on a memory trip. Can see why you aren't fond of Jeeps as they took you where you had no desire to go.
I think you do favor your Dad.
Harry Truman was a memory jog for me. I had almost forgotten about him and David Johnson. One a fool and one a hero.

Doug M

That's a great picture of your brother, Margaret. Very handsome and love that hair! I know it's difficult for you to talk about your brothers, but I'm glad you shared. 🙂

kayak woman

Late comment... We only had one Jeep Wrangler (1992 and lived for at least 17 years). I would not have enjoyed the winching or slippery high logging roads. We have plenty of logging roads in the Great Lake State and they get slippery but most of them are pretty flat. Our Jeep's claim to fame was teaching underage kids how to drive stick on an abandoned air base in the yoooperland.

Saw that you landed! Have a great time! No snow this time :-)

kayak woman

P.S. I soooo remember the St. Helen's eruption! And Harry Truman.


I remember the first time I read this post - was it only a week ago? - I immediately wanted to offer you a picture of my jeep and a bunny but then, as I read, realized that these jeeps were full of your memories. What a trip down memory lane, even back to Mt. St. Helens and the ash that probably was permanent on that car and the similarities of people not wanting to believe the science. Thank goodness science won out on that occasion and saved thousands of lives.

I think you look a lot like your mother but then, I'd need to have side by side pictures.

Tonya Watkins

I looked at the Jeep photos with a bit of PTSD. My first boyfriend had a (very nice) Jeep and I'd accompany him on his Jeep Club adventures. So much muck and mud. So much getting stuck (he did have a winch). There were aspects that were pretty fun, but I absolutely HATED the CB radios. Constant static, constant stupid talk, just eye-rolling. I have never missed it for a minute.

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