This mountain is the youngest and most explosive of the Cascade Mountain volcanoes. Thirty-five hundred years ago she exploded producing thirteen times more ash and rock than on May 18,1980. The mountain is about 100 miles northeast from where we are parked here in Portland. We drove there on Friday, which turned out to be a long trip as it involved a lot of mountainous driving over narrow winding roads which have been damaged by frost heaves. Unfortunately we never did get a good view of St.Helens because of the heavy cloud cover over her on the day we were there.