After going to Baker Lake for several years for our February outing, we tried a new location for 1998: Ancient Lakes. This became a standard Winter-Spring destination (including the next coulee over, Dusty Lake) for the troop until its demise.
The Ancient Lakes are a number of small lakes at the head of a coulee draining into the Columbia. The lakes were formed when during the last ice age, the waters of huge lakes dammed by ice from the continental ice sheet were unleased onto the Columbia Plateau when the ice dams repeatedly broke. These tremendous floods poured over the walls at the head of the coulee where a huge twin waterfall dug out the lakes at the base of the cliffs.
Even today you can still see the high water mark left by those flood waters long ago. It is apparent that the whole coulee was filled by water at one time. It must have been an awesome sight, had anyone been there to see it. It is still beautiful today, as a small waterfall flows into the upper lake.
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Adults on this trip:
Bill Mooseker, Bill Peckinpaugh, Steve Goodwin, Greg Phillips, Gary Shively, Carl Douglass (sr)
Scouts on this trip:
Carl Douglass, Rob Douglass, Peter Goodwin, David Hoff, Mark McAfee, Kyle Meissner,
Andrew Mooseker, Austin Peckinpaugh, Brian Sisk, Adam Phillips, Roger Shively, Jason Smith,
Ben Spencer, Danny Stallings, Shelby Stong, Chip Walker, Eric Walkingshaw, Jon Younger
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