Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour to Palouse Falls, which includes two separate sections of the Snake River canyon. One of the sections features giant current ripples near Windust Park before entering the mysterious Devils Canyon chasm. From there the route passes through Washtucna Coulee and flood-streamlined Palouse hills to infamous Palouse Falls. On the return trip will be an optional, easy 2-mile (RT) hike along the level Columbia Plateau Trail to witness the giant 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar that towers over the Snake River.
Snake River-Palouse Falls Bus Tour
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8AM-5PM, Cost: $78 Confirm by 9/21
Includes: bus transport, lunch and water.
Location: The Reach, Richland, WA
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108
Join us for a bus tour that explores one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.
Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. See how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.
The tour will take us north of Washtucna to the feature known as the Staircase Rapids; from there we will explore the first of two spillways, the first includes the Palouse Canyon and HU Canyon, Palouse Falls and Lyons Ferry. The tour will then visit the second spillway, now known as Devil’s Canyon, further downstream.
Bretz studied this area in depth and concluded that the features here could only be explained by a huge flood. Not only is this
area packed with geologic wonders, it is also rich in human history. Stops will include views of three early historic roads which passed through the area – The Mullan Road, the Colville Military Road, and the “Washtukna” Road. At Lyons Ferry, you will also hear about the region’s early history that was unearthed with the Marmes Man; we will also present some of the history of the Palouse Indians, early trappers and more.
Included: Hot lunch; snacks and drinks; guidebook.
Prices are as follows:
$60 for IAFI Members, with first priority;
$75 for non-IAFI members;
$35 for students and teachers.
Registration forms are available for download. Deadline is September 28, 2016.
For your convenience, Wheatland Express will have pick-up and drop-off sites in Colfax and LaCrosse. You will need to indicate that you request this option on the registration form. Buses will leave Washtucna promptly at 8:30a.
A pre-trip traveling lecture series will be announced when locations are secured.
IAFI, Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers you an opportunity to hike one day or two days in the Upper Grand Coulee Area. The Northup Canyon hike is on Saturday, October 8 and the Candy Point hike is on Sunday, October 9 (refer to separate Event listing). Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad are hike leaders. Physical Requirement: You should be in good physical shape and be capable of hiking up to 6 miles, sometimes over rugged terrain. You should not have serious heart or vertigo problems. Age Limitation: Young adult’s ages 12-16 year of age must be accompanied by an adult during the hike. No children under the age of 12 are permitted. Items to bring with you: good shoes, water, snacks, lunch, appropriate clothing for variable weather and other conditions,protection from the sun, emergency items, cameras, and binoculars are strongly recommended. Walking poles might be helpful.
Description of the Northup Canyon Hike, Saturday, October 8: You will hike 7.2 miles, round trip, and 480 feet above the trail head and through a hidden canyon located along the east wall of the Upper Grand Coulee. You will follow the path of retreating waterfall to Northup Lake and to the plateau surface above. The hike is moderately difficult because of the mileage. This is one of the hikes in “On The Trail of The Ice Age Floods, the Northern Reaches”. (Keokee Books). Hikers will meet at the Northup Canyon trail head at 9:30 a.m. sharp. A Discover Pass is required on all vehicles. Camping: Overnight camping is available at Sun Lakes or Steamboat Rock state parks for those wishing to participate in both hikes. Motels are also available in nearby Grand Coulee and Soap Lake. Pets are not allowed on the hike (s).
Refer to the registration form for fees of $20, $30, or $50 and options for reduced fee if you participate in both hikes. Also bios for Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad also are available on the registration form. Hike is limited to 30 participants; register early.
IAFI, Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers you an opportunity to hike one day or two days in the Upper Grand Coulee area. The Northup Canyon hike is on Saturday, October 8 and the Candy Point hike is scheduled for Sunday, October 8. Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad are hike leaders. Physical Requirements: you should be in good physical shape and be capable of hiking up to 6 miles, sometimes over rugged terrain. A hiker should not have serious heart or vertigo problems. Age Limitation: Young adult’s ages 12-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult during the hike. No children under the age of 112 are permitted. Items to Bring With You: Good shoes, water, snacks, lunch, appropriate clothing for variable weather and other conditions, protection from the sun, emergency items, and binoculars are strongly recommended. Walking poles might be helpful. Pets are not allowed on the hike.
Description of Candy Point Hike, Sunday, October 9: You will hike a short, steep trail constructed by the CCC during the depression years leading through a side canyon near the town of Coulee Dam to a spectacular overview of Grand Coulee Dan and surrounding environs. The geologic story here includes visible evidence of glacier, Missoula Flood, Glacial Lake Columbia and the engineering of one of the largest dams in the world. Meet at the trail head in Coulee Dan at 9:30 a.m. sharp. This hike is moderately strenuous because of the steep, rough trail. This trail is described in the “On The Trail” book. MOre detailed directions will be provided to hike participants. Refer to the Registration Form for fees of $20, $30, or $50 and options for reduced fees if you participate in the two hikes. Also short bios are of the leaders appear on the registration form. Hikes are limited to 30 participants; register early!
Jack Nisbet is the speaker for this lecture at The Lair Auditorium, Bldg 6 at Spokane Community College. You will hear him discuss how in the fall of 1902, a Welch farmer happened upon one odd rock perched on a slope above the Willamette River. It turned out to be a meteorite, and, the slow unfolding of its story revealed links to Northwest mining, museum politics, human nature and the deep history of the universe. Part of its appeal rests in the realization that it is also an ice-rafted erratic that was probably washed downstream through Glacial Lake Missoula. Nisbet is a Spokane-based teach and naturalist. He is author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Northwest, including biographics of mapmaker David Thompson and naturalist David Douglas. Nisbet’s most recent book, Ancient Places, is a cycle of stories about people and phenomena that helped to shape the landscape of ourregion. The Ice Age Floods play a key role in several of these essays. For more information, visit www.jacknisbet.com.
Members of the IAFI Cheney Spokane Chapter will gather at 6 p.m. near The Lair for the Annual Membership Meeting. President Gary Ford will share activities of the year and also plans for the future of the chapter.
For more information, contact Melanie Bell, Media Manager at 509.954.4242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the dPalouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.
Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon and Devil’s Canyon.
A free and open to the public lecture is offered by the IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter on the EWU campus. You will hear Dr. John Buchanan, EWU Geology Professor, talk about the catastrophic outburst flooding by various mechanisms that have been occurring on Earth and Mars through geologic time. Dr. Buchanan will examine how the “Ice Age Floods” in eastern Washington compare with the filling of the Mediterranean (Pliocene), the Altai and Black/Caspian Sea floods in Russia (Pleistocene), floods in the English Channel (Pleistocene), the dumping of Lake Bonneville (Pleistocene), the recent failure of the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska (2002), and ancient floods on the red planet, Mars.
Dr. Buchanan has been a member of the EWU faculty of the Department of Geology for 32 years. While his academic focus includes sedimentology, hydrogeology, and geomorphology, he is easily excited about all things geological. Dr. Buchanan is also a world traveler, an avid photographer, and a passionate amateur astronomer.
The semi-annual meeting of the Board of Directors will be April 22, 2017.
More information will be forthcoming.