Drive is about 240 miles (5 hours) throughout the day with frequent stops that will extend the time. Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to half a mile on varied surfaces including a hike at Wallula Gap for scenic views/vistas. Participants who do not wish to hike can stay on the ground level or rest on the motor coach.
In the hotel breakfast room, our daily breakfast buffet includes eggs, omelets, ham, sausage, cereals, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea.
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 and turned two of them into stone. The third was turned into a cave, says the legend. The 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. This area covered the entire Pasco Basin, most of the Quincy Basin, Yakima Valley, much of the Ahtanum Valley and the valley of the Walla Walla River (with 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.
At a local's favorite restaurant in Dayton, WA, we’ll have our pre-ordered entrée, soft drinks, and cookie or brownie for dessert.
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 these amazing falls, travel through Snake River/Palouse country, where you'll see farmland that thrives from rich soils deposited by the Floods.
In our hotel meeting room, the catered buffet dinner is an entrée plus soup or salad, a dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Celebrate 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! Share stories of your travels as you say goodbye to new Road Scholar friends.