30 years ago, the mountain hiding in all this mist exploded causing the earth to shudder, massive landslides, the midday sky to go dark, and ash to touch ground as far west as North Dakota. They predicted it would take decades for the landscape to recover, that the slopes would be as barren as the surface of the moon for 30 years or more. With a little help from scientists and Weyerhaeuser in her recovery, the slopes of Mount St Helens have bloomed back to life and are far from barren today. New ecosystems have formed in lakes formed by landslides. An awareness, and even awe, of the power under your feet can be felt.