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Creation Encounter
2015 Tour Schedule

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East Gorge Nature Hike

March 28, 2015

Led by Creation Encounter guides Marianne Pike, Verity Grant and Arthur Dunn this is a full day hike in the beautiful Pine-Oak woodland of the Syncline/Coyote Wall area east of White Salmon, WA. Besides enjoying the fellowship and fantastic scenery, we will see loads of spring wildflowers and find a variety of wildlife including interesting woodpeckers and birds of prey. We will also observe endemic plants (i.e. found only in the Gorge), discover three different kinds of erratic boulders that came from hundreds of miles away, and examine the mysterious mima mounds. Come and explore and ponder creation explanations for all these and more.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 4:00 pm. The suggested donation for the trip is $25 for families and $15 for individuals. Each registrant will receive an interesting and helpful creation fieldbook of the Gorge. Please register below and more details will be sent upon registration.



Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge

April 11, 2015

Taking several short hikes, we will collect cobbles transported 400 miles by Noah's Flood and find petrified wood. In some places the wood is only charcoaled and is still burnable, though it is said to be 15-16 million years old! On this popular family trip students will handle "rock solid" evidence for a young earth and a global Flood and we will discuss why this is important for our trust in the accuracy of the Bible. We will also encounter amazing plants and animals that speak of the hand of our Creator.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Rowena Plateau Wildflower Trip

April 25, 2015

This outing led by Steve Hayley is tailored for those especially interested in an introduction to the abundant spring wildflowers of the East Columbia River Gorge. With a few short hikes, our focus will be on identification, using Jolley's "Wildflowers of The Columbia Gorge" (1988), and photography, for those interested. Inexpensive digital cameras have been used with great success for these pictures! We can expect 30-40 species, if past experience proves true.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful wildflower ID key and other creation information. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Catastrophic Floods in the Columbia River Gorge

May 2, 2015

Led by Dennis Bokovoy, we will explore hands-on evidence for 3 catastrophic floods in the Gorge, the Global Flood, Flood Basalt, and the Lake Missoula Flood. As we caravan with our cars, we will examine evidence for the Global Flood including pillow lava, petrified wood and burnable charcoalized wood trapped between basalt layers. Following the path of the Missoula Flood waters that over flowed the south rim of the Columbia River we drive through Fairbanks Gap to see huge gravel ripples and a large delta left there. You will find and collect beautiful quartzite rocks transported over 300 miles from the Rocky Mountains by the Global Flood.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Columbia River Gorge Wahkeena to Angels Rest Hike

May 9, 2015

Due to requests for longer, more vigorous hikes, our team of adventurous field guides Marianne Pike, Verity Grant and Arthur Dunn are putting together a one-day hike from the Wahkeena Trail to Angel's Rest. As we trek along this spectacular trail, we will enjoy Christian fellowship and learn about Christ's design in the flora and fauna of the Columbia River Gorge from a creation perspective. This particular trail is unique in that is has a broad range of scenery. We will be hiking along steep talus slopes, trekking through open forest, viewing several waterfalls and being stunned by the wide open, rocky vistas of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge at Angel's Rest viewpoint. This is about an 8-9 mile long hike with much steep, uphill trekking and an elevation change of up to 2,550 ft. Good physical fitness required. We will have a limit of 10 people. Recommended ages: 14 years and up.

We will meet at Angel's Rest Parking Lot off the Historic Columbia River Highway at 8:30 am. This will be at least a 6-7 hour hiking day. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Dog Mountain Gorge Hike

May 30, 2015

Lead by Ruth Hazen and Marianne Pike, this phenomenal hike provides one of the best overviews of the whole Columbia River Gorge. The view near the top of the trail must be seen to be believed! We will see a lavish display of wildflowers and the view to the west tells quite a story about a historic landslide and the "Bridge of the Gods." Good physical fitness is required for this moderately strenuous day hike.

Meet at the Dog Mountain Trail parking lot at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes several interesting handouts and plant ID key. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge

June 13, 2015

This second Gorge trip is essentially a repeat of the April 11 trip. This popular family trip is offered three times this year: April 11, June 13, and October 10. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook of Gorge information from a biblical creationist perspective. Register below; further details will be sent upon registration.



Peak 7 One Day Deschutes River Raft Adventure

July 13, 2015

This exciting day on the Deschutes River with our expert Peak 7 raft guides will include first-hand teaching about the geology and biology of this picturesque section of the river by Creation Encounter Guides. Famous rapids like Box Car and Oak Springs will provide a real taste of whitewater rafting at its best. Safety on the river is a major emphasis of the peak 7 ministry, with detailed instructions for participants. The cost of $65 per person will include a great lunch, all permits and first-class equipment for a great all-day adventure! Limited space available for this trip; please register below. More details will be sent upon registration.

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Pastors Trip of the Gorge Bus Tour

July 22, 2015

Led by DSA officers Keith Swenson, Professor of Natural Sciences, and Rick Thompson, Lake Missoula Floods specialist, this is a chance for pastors and other Christian leaders to experience, at no cost to them, a great creation field trip. This is also an opportunity for DSA members to invite leaders who may be uncertain about the importance of the origins debate. This has been a very significant experience for leaders when they see the evidence first hand and realize how it affects our view of scripture. It is exciting when we can help Pastors and congregations address this issue in a more informed way. We encourage you to partner with us in this mission by inviting your Christian leader friends. Also consider covering their expenses and coming along with them or by donating to our scholarship fund. If you would like to donate for this, please write on your check "Pastor's trip" and send it to the DSA address: PMB 218, 465 NE 181st. Ave., Portland, OR 97230. If you have someone to register or have any questions, please call (503) 257-0144. Thanks.



Mount St. Helens Day Trip - Loowit and Step Canyon Hike

July 25, 2015

This strenuous day hike will visit the most devastated part of the blast zone, including loowit and Step Canyons and the Pumice Plain. Teaching will be based on a biblical creation worldview and include discussion of both catastrophic geologic processes and rapid biological recovery. Leaders will be DSA President Keith Swenson and Ruth Hazen. Please note that a high degree of physical fitness is required for this trip. We will hike a total of about 11 miles, the last 2 of which are continuously uphill at a moderate grade. The trails cross creeks and may in places be unstable due to loose volcanic debris. Also, there is no shade so ample fluids must be carried by each person.

We will meet at 7:00 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the mountain. Return time will be about 7:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families and $15 for individuals. Please register below. Details will be sent prior to the trip.

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Mount St. Helens Day Trip - Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake

July 29, 2015

This day trip will provide a good introduction to Mount St. Helens. The highlight will be a 2 mile (round trip) hike on the Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake and the floating log mat. In addition, we will visit an old growth forest, historic Bear Meadow, Meta Lake, and Windy Ridge. Teaching will be based on a biblical creation worldview. DSA president Keith Swenson and Ruth Hazen will lead the trip. Please note that moderate physical fitness is required as we will be hiking a total of about three miles and there will be a 600 foot uphill climb coming out from Spirit Lake.

We plan to meet at 7:00 am in the Science House on the Multnomah University campus and carpool to the mountain. Return time will be about 7:00 pm. The suggested donation for the trip is $25 for families and $15 for individuals. Please register below. More details will be sent prior to the trip.

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Discovering Central Washington's Creation Evidences

August 2-5, 2015

Central Washington's dramatic scenery showcases three great geologic catastrophes that shaped the Pacific Northwest: the Genesis Flood, the great Columbia Basin basalt flows, and the glacial Lake Missoula Flood at the end of the Ice Age. Trip highlights will include climbing into the cave (an actual cast) of a pre-Flood Rhinoceros, examining many Ice Age and Missoula Flood evidences, exploring startling evidence for the Biblical Flood at Ginkgo Petrified Forest, enjoying the light show on the Grand Coulee Dam and much more. We will also enjoy great fellowship in some beautiful campground settings.

Most participants will camp in tents or their RVs. However, nearby motel rooms can be reserved as well. Tents sites are average $15 per night and RV sites are up to $37. Please let us know what your preference is by the end of May, as we will be making the final reservations then. You can pay for your space or room upon arrival in August. The suggested donation is $138 per family and $69 per individual. This includes all planning, guiding and instruction, and a fieldbook with helpful info on the area from a biblical creation perspective. This family fun camping adventure will begin Sunday morning in Hood River, Oregon and return on Wednesday afternoon. More details and information will be sent upon registration.

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Custom Creation Trips for School Groups

September - October, 2015

There are still dates available this fall for a creation adventure for your group. These experiences are a great way to start off the school year! They provide a valuable way to build relationships and to impact lives for the Kingdom of God. In the past Creation Encounter has partnered with groups for custom day-trips as well as multi-day trips like the ones scheduled below. Contact John or Steve at John@CreationEncounter.com to discuss possibilities for your group.



Damascus Christian School Senior Retreat
The Tetons and Yellowstone

August 28 - September 5, 2015

This is a custom trip conducted in cooperation with the teachers at Damascus Christian School and Creation Encounter leaders. During the Biblical Flood, northwest Wyoming seemed to receive more than its share of destruction. The Tetons dramatically showcase several stages of Noah's Flood. We marvel that today this is an area of unparalleled beauty. This reminds us of His handiwork in our own lives; He has "redeemed our life from destruction" and given us "beauty for ashes."



Discovering Creation Mysteries in the Gorge
Portland Church of Christ Youth Group

September 26, 2015

This is a custom day trip arranged with the leaders of the Portland Church of Christ Youth Group. Taking several short hikes, we will collect cobbles transported 400 miles by Noah's Flood and find petrified wood. Students will find abundant hands-on evidence for a young earth and a global Flood and we will discuss why this is important for our trust in the accuracy of the Bible. We will also encounter amazing plants and animals that speak of the genius of our Creator.



Discovering Creation Evidence at Mt. St. Helens -
A 3-day Retreat for Horizon Christian School 7th and 8th Graders

September 28-30, 2015

Students will study geologic features that formed in a very short time; formations which geologists have assumed took thousands of years to produce. We will also study the rapid recovery of plants and animals since the devastation of 1980. We will discuss these observations in the context of the Biblical Flood. Our home base will be Cispus Learning Center, which will provide lodging, meals and meeting places for our evening programs.



Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge

October 10, 2015

Because of its popularity, we are offering this trip again which is the same as the April 11 description. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook.

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