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BEGINS IN: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

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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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Rugged scablands, rippling loess hills, high basalt plateaus, and plunging river canyons make up the Northwest’s dramatic landscapes. Only recently have scientists accepted what was once thought to be an outrageous tale of how they came to be. Follow the path of The Great Ice Age Floods across Washington to Oregon's Columbia Gorge and learn why the National Park Service is establishing a Geological Trail here. Touch the land yourself and step back to wonder at nature’s force.


Highlights

• Discover how the glacial dam that burst from Lake Missoula, located over what is now western Montana, scoured the Northwest as it plunged seaward.
• Follow the path of these Great Ice Age Floods across Washington to the 10 million year old basalt cliffs of Wallula Gap.
• Study J Harlen Bretz's 1923 floods theory and learn why he was banished from geological circles — only to be vindicated some 30 years later.

Activity Notes

Walking one-half mile a day; one hike is one mile over uneven terrain. Optional longer hikes.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Spokane, 2 nights; coach to Moses Lake, 1 night; coach to Walla Walla, 1 night; coach to Spokane, 1 night; departure.

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Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014 waitlist only  

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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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