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The Great Ice Age Floods: Nature's Power and Beauty in Northwestern Landscapes

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Program #9695RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion River Inn is a quiet urban hideaway nestled along the beautiful north bank of the Spokane River. Just steps from Riverfront Park and the Centennial Trail, guests have easy access to Gonzaga University, the Convention Center, and the INB Performing Arts Center as well as Spokane’s best shopping, entertainment, restaurants and the downtown business district.

Contact info:
700 N Division Street
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
phone: 509-326-5577
web: spokaneriverinn.redlion.com/

Room amenities: Guestrooms feature plush pillowtop beds, free wireless Internet access, work desk and chair, alarm clock/radio, coffee maker, iron with ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerator, microwave, premium TV and eco-friendly bath amenities.

Facility amenities: The Red Lion River Inn features complimentary wi-fi Internet, two seasonal outdoor pools, fitness center, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, laundry facilities, restaurant, lounge, business center, and a complimentary airport shuttle.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly
Call hotel directly for best available rate. Mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 13 - Welcome, Introductions and Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration is from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Welcome, orientation and introductions

Lodging: Red Lion River Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion River Inn is a quiet urban hideaway nestled along the beautiful north bank of the Spokane River. Just steps from Riverfront Park and the Centennial Trail, guests have easy access to Gonzaga University, the Convention Center, and the INB Performing Arts Center as well as Spokane’s best shopping, entertainment, restaurants and the downtown business district.

Contact info:
700 N Division Street
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
phone: 509-326-5577
web: spokaneriverinn.redlion.com/

Room amenities: Guestrooms feature plush pillowtop beds, free wireless Internet access, work desk and chair, alarm clock/radio, coffee maker, iron with ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerator, microwave, premium TV and eco-friendly bath amenities.

Facility amenities: The Red Lion River Inn features complimentary wi-fi Internet, two seasonal outdoor pools, fitness center, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, laundry facilities, restaurant, lounge, business center, and a complimentary airport shuttle.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly
Call hotel directly for best available rate. Mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 14 - Pot Holes, Coulees, Lava Flows Galore!
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: We begin our exploration shortly after breakfast studying the channeled scablands, coulees and pot holes of the Spokane area. The unflattering term “scabland” sometimes is applied to rough or barren regions with little or no economic potential. J Harlen Bretz established the term “channeled scablands “ during his studies that led to his theory that these unusual landscapes had been created by Ice Age Floods. The scablands in this area have gouged channels which distinguishes the Columbia Basin from tracts of scablands found elsewhere. Scablands topography normally results from the effects of massive long-term erosion. This area is different in that there is evidence that other forces were involved. These floods gouged the scablands creating the coulees, channels and pot holes which add interest and unusual beauty to the landscape.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: On our way back to Spokane your instructor will help you identify within the landscape the remains of massive lava flows, potholes, pillow basalt, and spectacular coulees carved out by Ice Age rivers - truly wonderful terrain created 15,000 to 12,500 years ago by Glacial Lake Missoula.

Dinner: Dinner at Red Lion Inn

Evening: Optional walking tour along the Spokane River following dinner

Lodging: Red Lion River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
1819 East Kittleson
Moses Lake, WA 98837 USA
phone: 509-765-9317
web: www.shiloinns.com/search_results.asp?PI=EMLWA

Facility amenities: Facility offers: indoor pool, sauna, fitness center and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, July 15 - Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls and Ancient Ripples
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Explore a part of the 'scablands' west of Spokane - giant raw scars that speak of a massive ripping away of the earth's surface - as we travel to the Grand Coulee Dam and on to Summer Falls and Soap Lake and finally to Dry Falls. During the Floods this was a waterfall ten times the size of Niagara Falls, the largest waterfall ever in existence on earth. Now this stark 400' high, 3.5 mile wide dry cliff overlooks a desert oasis filled with lakes and abundant wildlife.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the falls area. Time to either explore the Visitor's Center, or meander on trails.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the Coulees, falls and the Lenore Caves as we head to Moses Lake for our night's stay. The Lenore Caves situated at the northern end of Lake Lenore are a series of overhangs along the cliffs at the lake. They are part of one of the largest volcanic regions on earth.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near our hotel

Lodging: Shilo Inn - Moses Lake

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Conveniently located close to historic downtown Walla Walla, the Best Western Walla Walla Suites Inn offers friendly, hospitable guest service and comfortable accommodations. Historic downtown Walla Walla, named one of America's Great Main Streets by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers a variety of shops, galleries, historic homes and tasting rooms. Wine enthusiasts will be thrilled by the more than 90 wineries and over 1,000 acres of vineyards in wine country. If outdoor recreation is what you are looking for, the rivers, woods, mountains and canyons of the Walla Walla Valley will provide the landscape for any outdoor adventure.

Contact info:
7 E Oak St
Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA
phone: 509-525-4700
web: www.bestwesternwashington.com/hotels/best-western-walla-walla-suites-inn

Room amenities: Each of the 78 well appointed guest room features cable satellite television with HBO, free high-speed Internet access, free local calls under 30 minutes, wake-up calls, voice mail, AM / FM alarm clock, coffee / tea maker, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, microwave and refrigerator. Accessible rooms include: raised toilet with grab bars, bathtub seat, safety bar in shower, bathroom rails, wheelchair accessibility, closed-caption television, visual alarm and knock lights. One room has a roll-in shower.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include fresh baked cookies served nightly, heated indoor pool, hot tub, whirlpool, exercise facility (with weight machines, treadmill, cross-trainer, and bicycle), coin operated laundry, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour Business Center (with computer, Internet, fax, and photocopy services), and free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, July 16 - Other signs of the Great Floods, Basalt Cliffs, H...
Other signs of the Great Floods, Basalt Cliffs, Hanford nuclear site and Historic Walla Walla

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Visit West Bar and other sites formed by the massive flood. Learn about the giant ripple marks left by the flood and plainly visible on aerial photographs. They went unnoticed for many years simply because their immense size makes their pattern and symmetry almost indistinguishable from the ground. Vist Pothole reservoir whose "Potholes" were created by the flood waters and the subsequent addition of Sullivan Dam by the Columbia Basin Project which raised the water table high enough to allow these topographical depressions to become lakes.

Lunch: Sack lunch at historic wayside

Afternoon: Travel to Quincy Basin where the flood waters carried huge boulders of basalt and granite from the bedrock along the flood's course and scattered them across the basin as the waters slowed. Fields are now filled with thousands of boulders, some the size of a small house.

Continue to the Hanford nuclear site which was a producer of plutonium from 1944 through 1991 as part of the Manhattan Project with as many as 9 reactors running in the late 50's and early 60's. From 1964 - 1971 eight reactors were slowly shutdown and prepared for decontamination and decommissioning. The remaining reactor was converted to produce electricity, as well as plutonium and continued to operate until 1991.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in historic Walla Walla.

Evening: Optional walking tour of historic downtown Walla Walla

Lodging: Best Western Walla Walla Suites Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Inn

Description: The Red Lion River Inn is a quiet urban hideaway nestled along the beautiful north bank of the Spokane River. Just steps from Riverfront Park and the Centennial Trail, guests have easy access to Gonzaga University, the Convention Center, and the INB Performing Arts Center as well as Spokane’s best shopping, entertainment, restaurants and the downtown business district.

Contact info:
700 N Division Street
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
phone: 509-326-5577
web: spokaneriverinn.redlion.com/

Room amenities: Guestrooms feature plush pillowtop beds, free wireless Internet access, work desk and chair, alarm clock/radio, coffee maker, iron with ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerator, microwave, premium TV and eco-friendly bath amenities.

Facility amenities: The Red Lion River Inn features complimentary wi-fi Internet, two seasonal outdoor pools, fitness center, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, laundry facilities, restaurant, lounge, business center, and a complimentary airport shuttle.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel directly
Call hotel directly for best available rate. Mention you are part of the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 17 - Wallula Gap, Native Cultures and Closing Words
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Travel to Twin Sisters at Wallula Gap. Twin Sisters are two pillars of basalt that jut from the cliffs along Wallula Gap overlooking the Columbia River. Geologists say the rock formation is the result of erosion from the great flood. A Cayuse legend states that the natural monument was formed when Coyote, an animal spirit, fell in love with three sisters, then became jealous of them and turned two into stone. The third was turned into a cave, says the legend. A trail here is short and provides some amazing views of the Wallula Gap on the Columbia River.

Wallula Gap restricted the outflow from the floods creating massive Lake Lewis which covered the entire Pasco Basin, most of the Quincy Basin, and Yakima Valley, much of the Ahtanum Valley, and the valley of the Walla Walla River and its main tributaries. Floodwaters also backed up the Snake River well beyond present-day Lewiston, Idaho. An estimated 3,000 square miles of land were under water.

Lunch: Lunch in Dayton

Afternoon: After lunch, we will continue to Palouse Falls for a dramatic view of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Washington. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 198 feet. After this amazing falls travel through Snake River/Palouse country, where you'll see the rich farmland that thrives from rich soils deposited by the Floods.

Dinner: Closing Dinner at our hotel celebrates the amazing terrain we have traversed, the powerful forces of nature and the people of the Northwest who have adapted to this, including our own group of intrepid explorers!

Lodging: Red Lion River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, July 18 - Goodbyes and Program End
Breakfast: At hotel. Departures after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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