2012 Tour Schedule
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Catherine Creek Day Hike
Catherine Creek is an excellent place to study flowers, birds, and the general ecology of this beautiful pine-oak woodland east of Bingen. The interesting geology includes mima mounds, evidences for Noah's Flood, and a granite boulder carried here by the Ice Age Missoula flood.
Meet near the Hood River Bridge, then caravan with our vehicles to Catherine Creek. The charge for the seven hour day trip is $35 per vehicle, which includes several useful handouts and a 10 page field guide for each family. More information and details will be emailed to participants a few weeks before departure.
To register online please see below.
Central Gorge Day Trip #1
There are several spots between Hood River and Lyle where we take short hikes, find petrified wood, and collect quartzite cobbles transported over 400 miles by Noah's Flood. We see first-hand that a recent catastrophic Flood laid down most of the rocks and the fossils, and not millions of years of natural processes. We also discuss petrification, wildflowers and other marvelous biology that reveals the hand of our Creator.
Participants meet at 9:30 am at the WA State Park and Ride just west of the Hood River Bridge. The cost for the six hour trip is $35 per vehicle, which includes a useful 10 page field guide. More details will be sent prior to departure. We have much to ponder and enjoy on this trip.
Deschutes Wildlife Day Hike
We will find plentiful wildlife and interesting geology in this (usually) sunny area. We will also discover some petrified wood and portions of the old Oregon Trail, but the emphasis will be on the abundant bird life. The 4-5 mile hike passes through beautiful streamside and sagebrush habitats and amidst exposures of the Columbia River basalt which contain erratic boulders. Bring binoculars. Meet at 8:30 am (return by 3:30 pm) at the south end of the Deschutes River Campground which is 16 miles east of The Dalles. Cost of the trip is $35 for families and $15 for individuals and includes several useful handouts and a small fieldbook. To register online please see below.
Central Gorge Day Trip #2
Same trip as #1 April 7, with the possibility of seeing a few more birds and wildflowers.
Seven Wonders of the Columbia Gorge Bus Tour
The Seven Wonders Tour, so popular the last two years, will be repeated again this year on-board a comfortable 24 passenger tour bus. We will explore Seven Wonders of the Columbia Gorge : (1) petrified trees in basalt rock layers, (2) Celilo Falls overlook, (3) Fairbanks Gap flood spillway, (4) giant current ripples on a huge "stranded" delta, (5) collect colorful polished quartzite cobbles, (6) "Mystery Mima Mounds", (7) Mosier Archeological Site and more. We will discuss how the evidence we see in the field compares with both the evolution theory and the creation theory.
Cost of this tour is $40 per person. We will meet at Starbucks by the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 5:00 pm. More details will be sent upon registration. To register, please see below. Your completed registration with check will hold your place on the tour. Register early, as this tour will fill quickly.
Wonders of South-Central Washington Bus Tour
On this one day sightseeing bus tour we will explore the wonders and beauty of the Klickitat River and nearby Glenwood Valley. Bring binoculars for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge where elk and sandhill cranes are often seen. Explore a pioneer homestead and logging railroad history, ponder a huge dry waterfall near the Klickitat River, collect quartzites transported from the Rocky Mountains, and discuss other mysteries of this scenic area.
We will discuss how the evidence we see in the field compares with both the evolution theory and the creation theory. Cost of this tour is $40 per person. We will meet at Starbucks by the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 5:00 pm. More details will be sent upon registration. To register, please see below. Your completed registration with check will hold your place on the tour. Register early, as this tour usually fills fast.
West Gorge Day Trip
With Steve Haley, we will investigate the fascinating Creation/Flood evidence between Troutdade and Cascade Locks. Collect quartzites in the Troutdale Formation and discuss them from the standpoint of Biblical history. Next, drive on to Women's Forum Park and on to Crown Point discussing the unique Gorge biology and geology. Taking the old highway to Eagle Creek Campground, we will hike up the trail to examine petrified wood and charcoal remains of some 40+ types of tropical/semi-tropical trees and plants found in the Eagle Creek Formation. Next, head to the Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery and discuss worldview issues in the interpretive signs for the huge petrified logs found there. End at the Cascade Locks viewing geological evidence that probably created the legendary "Bridge of the Gods."
We will meet at the Lewis & Clark State Park in Troutdale at 8:30 am and caravan together, returning at 3:30 pm. The cost is $35 per vehicle. More details will be sent upon registration.
John Day Fossil Hunting 4-Day Camping Trip
On this four-day camping adventure we will find fossils in three special areas and have plenty of time for fun and fellowship, especially during the evening programs. Learn creation explanations for the fossil beds and the famous "horse series." Swim and ponder Indian pictographs in Picture Gorge. Our base-camp will be at the very nice Fish House Camping and RV Park in Dayville, OR reserved entirely for our group.
Participants pay for their own camping or lodging fees. RV sites or Inn rooms must be reserved at least a month ahead by participants themselves (www.fishhouseinn.com, (541) 987-2124). Tent campers need no reservations. The cost of $145 per family ($100 per individual) includes four days of guiding and instruction, plus educational field books useful for kids, and a guidebook co-authored by your guides John Hergenrather and Dennis Bokovoy. To register online, please see below. Upon registration, an itinerary, what to bring list, and more details will be provided. Register soon, as this trip usually fills early.
TBA: Joint Camping Adventure with FIGI (Foundations in Genesis in Idaho)
Central Oregon 3-Day Camping Adventure
This is a great time of year to camp at Tumalo State Park and it is usually not crowded on these days of the week. Steve Hayley will help us appreciate the unique wildlife in this area (which is in one of the largest juniper ecosystems in the world). Dennis Bokovoy will “bring to life” the geological history from a biblical perspective. John and Steve will help us discover and interpret the excellent star gazing opportunity at this location.
Monday we'll explore Lava Butte, the Lava Cast Forest, Newberry Craters and recent obsidian flows. Tuesday we'll break camp in the morning, head out east and explore evidence for a huge Ice Age Lake that catastrophically breached through Horse Ridge. We'll trace the previous lake shoreline and look for evidence of Ice Age Native Americans who camped on the edge of the lake. Our tour will "officially" end late Tuesday afternoon; some folks may choose to stay and explore for another day or two.
The cost of this trip per family is $155. This includes three days of guiding and instruction including a full educational fieldbook also containing puzzles and pages for kids.
The cost also includes two nights tent camping fees at the comfortable Tumalo State Park (with solar showers).
We've reserved group sites for our convenience and evening programs.
If you wish to have a yurt or an RV hookup, please arrange you own reservations ASAP at
John Day Fossil Beds 2-Day Bus Tour
On this 2 day tour we will travel comfortably in a 24 passenger sightseeing bus. Rich fossil deposits and fascinating geology and scenery make the John Day area an excellent outdoor classroom. Take a few short walks to examine John Day plants and geology. Find & collect fossils, examine pictographs, the beautiful Painted Hills, and the new visitor center at Sheep Rock. Our discussions will compare two different models of earth history, the evolution theory and the creation theory. We will consider how the evidence we are observing in the field fits with these two theories.
This tour will make use of and include the guidebook co-authored by your guides John Hergenrather and Dennis Bokovoy. Trip cost also includes all transportation from and to Hood River, two days of guiding and interpretation, Saturday night and Sunday morning buffet style meals and a sack lunch for Sunday, a nice room (double occupancy) at the quaint Fish House Inn, Dayville, OR – all for $199! (option to lodging: For $30 less, you can pitch a tent with John and Dennis at the Fish House Inn campground instead of taking a room.)
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2012
Depart: Saturday at 7:30 am from the Hood River Inn parking lot
Return: Sunday, 6:30 pm to the Hood River Inn
Tour Fee: $199 per person. Registration after September 7 is $215.
Registration: Online. See below.
For questions or more information please call Dennis Bokovoy at (541) 386-2223. Itinerary and what to bring list will be provided upon registration.