Fond Memories of Our Recent Camp Hancock and John Day Basin Field Trip

Fond Memories of Our Recent Camp Hancock and John Day Basin Field Trip

This past President’s field trip organized by GSOC President Paul Edison-Lahm was representative of the best that GSOC has to offer its members – world class geology, knowledgeable speakers, activities for active and less robust participants, fellowship within our group and other science-oriented society members, ground-breaking club history (past and present), breathtaking scenery, great weather, and just plain fun! Special thanks to Paul for his hard work!

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Helicopter Trip to Mt. St. Helens

Helicopter Trip to Mt. St. Helens

A small party of GSOC members braved the iffy weather on September 9, 2017, to take a new view of Mt. St. Helens, aboard a helicopter owned and piloted by Hillsboro Aviation Company, on a trip of geologic discovery organized by Sheila Alfsen. The flight was launched from North Fork Survivors tourist complex on Spirit Lake Highway east of Toutle, Washington.

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Mt. Hood field trip

Mt. Hood field trip

Larry Purchase writes about our recent amazing GSOC Mt. Hood field trip "My thanks to all who contributed, especially..."

  • Janet for her firm Presidential direction: "No Matter What! Don't Cancel!"
  • Ellen for naming the flowers and appreciating the hydrology of the White River stream flow.
  • The Smoody Family for reconnoitering the area for years.
  • Julia for taking such great photos. Wrecking yard junk at the bottom of the Parkdale Lave Flow?
  • The park rangers for warmly welcoming us and giving us a wonderful tour of the Cloud Cap Inn.
  • Eric & Paul for organizing a last minute car load of participants.
  • Most of all to Bo! — for devoting so much time and energy in researching the geology and preparing such a concise, to the point, field trip guide.
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Jan and Janet Discover Mima Mounds from Google Earth Image

Jan and Janet Discover Mima Mounds from Google Earth Image

President Janet's SE Oregon Scouting Trip (Take Two)

On Monday, June 1, Jan Kessler and I headed down to SE Oregon to scout my field trip stops for the September GSOC trip. My husband Doug and I did a preliminary trip last August.

We had Marli Miller's new Roadside Geology of Oregon with us so the navigator could read aloud from it as we travelled. It was very helpful. We stopped at Glass Buttes off Hwy 20 between Bend and Burns. Neither of us had been there before. The turnoff is on the south side of the highway, just west of milepost 77. Look for a cattle guard. I was disappointed that it wasn't a sparkling glass mountain as I had imagined.

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GSOC 50 Years Ago, 1964 Annual Campout

GSOC 50 Years Ago, 1964 Annual Campout

Friday, September 4th, 1964, GeeSockers began to gather at the Rujada Forest Camp. As shadows vanished in the twilight, the dancing council fire drew everyone to exchange views with the stars and each other. Trip Chairman Truman Murphy wore out his thumb with his guitar accompaniment of the songfest from “Barney Google" to 'Goodnight Ladies", while Echo II sailed overhead. 

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Spring Field Trip to Lewiston Basin & Snake River

Spring Field Trip to Lewiston Basin & Snake River

Dave Olcott led this Spring's field trip to Lewiston Basin during the week of April 30th, 2014. Keegan Schmidt gave the orientation on Wednesday April 30th at Lewis & Clark State College. Dean Garwood, and Roy Breckenridge of the Idaho Geological Survey at University of Idaho have documented the trip in their beautifully illustrated Lewiston Basin Field Trip Guide.

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