I chose to stay on the ground as the occupancy would only allow four passengers in the helicopter. We did not plan on this. We were on our way to St Helens after a coffee stop in Olympia. When we got to the I-5 onramp there were two girls with a sign for Portland. I think Ted, Mike and I all looked at each other, realized we were in a 1961 Volkswagen Bus and felt partial obligation along with a sense of adventure. So we pulled over and asked them if it was okay if we stopped by a mountain first. Being fresh from the Rainbow Gathering they were quick to agree to some sightseeing on the way. We eventually got them to the Rose City, but not after an impromptu helicopter flight into the volcano. Our driver, Mike "Griz" Phillips, thought it would be fitting to throw everyone on a helicopter tour, along with the hitchhikers. The only problem was that there were five of us, and only 4 could go. If I would have gone, one of them would've had to stay behind, and that didn't seem right to me. I figured the best thing would be for both of them to go and make this the best trip possible. I can only imagine what they were thinking, but it was fun even without the flight for me. It was still a pretty great weekend.
The sky was thick with clouds and rain all day. They broke just before the flight boarded. And the sunset on the way back down was as good as you'll ever see.
Those girls may never catch a more awesome ride from any stranger again.
I finally got to developing this roll a couple days ago. It only had 12 shots on a 36exp roll, so it was waiting for another roll of tri-x to make it worthwhile. I forgot about these shots, since I didn't take them. I have my friend Mike "Griz" Phillips to thank for these. It makes it a little easier to imagine being there with them now.