1980 was my first summer working at Mt. Rainier -- I was working on the maintenance crew for the concessionaire (GSI), and volunteer fire crew at P. Morning of May 18th a co-worker and I were walking to Paradise Inn from the dorms-- he bent over to pick something up in the parking lot-- a wad of dollars-- we were staring in shock when people started screaming on Alta Vista, turned around to see the billowing. It blew in our direction--booms, friction lightening, large glowing ash falling-- this photo was just before the last two vehicles left Paradise and park closed for several days.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe