I have very vivid memories of the day and the weeks that followed. The Tri Cities got a dusting of a sandy ash, but Yakima and Spokane
had huge amounts of chalky ash that really messed up everything. Everyone was wearing/carrying filtration masks for quite a while.
One of those days you never forget. I was living in Olympia at the time, you could see it plain as day. I remember going to the Capital Mall and everyone was wearing masks, ash was in the air, creepy. The 2nd huge eruption was nuts, I was in Tacoma and we stood on top of our house and watched that huge mushroom cloud, wow.
Living in the biggest city next to it (Vancouver) It was a daily spectacle. We drove up in the Yacolt area for a better view on some of the bigger eruptions. I can still remember vividly the lightning bolts that came out of the the Plume. It was surrealistic and kind of hellish. Had a couple bad dreams about it as I was 11. But also had my "where were you when the mountain blew" T-Shirt.
I grew up in what's now Lakewood. We were right next to Fort Lewis, so we'd hear explosions from their maneuvers all the time. So the Sunday morning when I heard just one loud BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM, I thought that was some weird set of maneuvers. I'm pretty sure that wasn't what it was, actually.
I was a senior in HS at Coos Bay at the time. I drove a Vega, and because I was constantly working on it and, being a HS student, didn't have much money to spend, I was running it without an air filter. We didn't get much ash, but we got enough to cover everything with a light "dusting"....and enough to "sand down" the rings in a Vega without an air filter.