Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht as you go “upstream” from the Tri-Cities into the Quincy Basin. Participants will see evidence of the erosive power of the floods at the Othello and Drunheller Channels and Frenchman Coulee. We will also get a fantastic view of the Columbia River and the giant current ripples of West Bar as well as a visit to Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. This tour is organized by the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI. Bus, water and lunch are provided. Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
We will be partnering with Whitman County libraries to bring you a talk by author John Soennichsen, who has literally written the book on J Harlen Bretz, the “rebel geologist” who answered the riddle of how the dramatic coulees, gullies, and deserts between Idaho and the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington came to be.
Our guest lecturer received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and went on to Eastern Washington University to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing. He has authored six books, including “Bretz’s Flood” and “Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide,” which is a comprehensive guide to explore Washington’s Ice Age canyons of wonder, great trails, stunning scenery, and amazing history.
Join us as we cover a brief history of J Harlen Bretz and his scabland research, followed by an audiovisual presentation offering a photographic tour of Washington’s scablands.