Lloyd Anderson, far right, takes home-schooled children on a tour of the land around Mount St.
Helens, which rises behind Anderson and his joyous grin.
The snow-capped volcano dazzles against a crystal blue sky, its peak obliterated 25 years ago in an eruption that left it looking like a dish of vanilla ice cream whose top has been scooped off by an eager child.
Lloyd Anderson still gets revved up by the mountain.
He is 69 and hard of hearing, but when he gets rolling in the booming cadences of the nondenominational minister he was until 1999, the years fall away and the words tumble out with the message he has committed his retirement to bringing forth.
Which is: The Earth is only a few thousand years old, and what happened here in 1980 proves it. Anderson and his wife, Doris, are the founders of the Mount St.