Trojan Cooling Tower

Trojan Cooling Tower

The 499-foot cooling tower at Trojan Nuclear Power Project on May 16, 2006 prior to its demolition on May 21, 2006.

Sadly, I have no photos of the demolition. While set up on old highway 99 across the river in Washington, my only camera experienced a firmware failure two minutes before the demolition. Since that day, I carry two camera bodies with me.

I did capture the tower implosion on Hi-8 video.

Mt. St. Helens, Oct. 1, 2004

Mt. St. Helens Eruption 2004

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to October 1, 2004, at Mt. St. Helens. At 12:04 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 4, 2017, Mt. St. Helens awoke from her slumber while I was driving up Windy Ridge Road (below image).

Mt. St. Helens violently erupted at 8:32 a.m. PT on May 18, 1980, thirty seven years ago on this day, reducing the 9,677-foot peak down to 8,363. The massive pyroclastic blast flattened out vegetation over 200 square miles and sending a lahar down the Toutle River.

The eruption killed 57 people, including USGS volcanologist David Johnston and Spirit Lake lodge owner Harry Truman.

The eruption on October 1, 2004, was nothing more than a tiny belch. I remember the morning on May 18, 1980, standing along SE 10th St. overpass over I-205 and watching Mt. St. Helens shoot up a dark plume of ash.

The Cascade Park area had little development at the time, making the mountain more visible from the overpass. That was impressive stuff. I was probably a little too young to take photos at the time, though.

Old Thunderbird Inn Fire

Old Thunderbird Hotel Fire

On September 2, 2012, a fire destroyed half of the the abandoned Thunderbird Inn on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon. Today, much of the hotel no longer exists except for a few hotel room clusters.

Update June 11, 2017: Rodeway Inn renovated the rooms and added a new lobby to one of the clusters. The remaining hotel clusters was then open for business.