Want to learn more about the geology of the Gorge? Join a Gorge geology field trip led by retired geologist Lloyd DeKay on Saturday, April 7, or repeated on Saturday, May 5.
These trips will begin at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 7:30 a.m. and return before 6 p.m. The 24-passenger bus will stop at geological features on both sides of the Gorge between The Dalles and White Salmon. A fee of $40 for Discovery Center members ($50 non-members) includes transportation with narration by experts, printed guidebook, delicious box lunches, snacks and beverages.
Besides features of the Missoula Floods, the hike will include erratics, gravel bars, kolk ponds, and erosional features. Stops will be made at ancient flood deposits, pillow basalts, synclines and anticlines, folded lava beds, ancient river channels, and Mt. Hood lahar deposits on the Washington side of the river.
Other features of the trip will include a ranger-guided hike to see the Native American rock art at Horsethief Lake State Park and a drive-through of Schreiner Farms to see exotic animals.
Wildflowers will be blooming in the Gorge, and wildflower expert, Barbara Robinson, will join the May 5 tour. Hurry to sign up; space is limited. For additional information, and registration forms, contact local Ice Age Floods Institute chapter president Terry Hurd by phone, 509-493-4288, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.