Flight Down the Columbia Gorge – An Explosive Situation!


Before the flight

Before the flight

Touch down!!!!  That is what I REALLY wanted on my latest adventure!  And it was not a touch down in football…

A dream come true is what started this adventure!  Some awesome friends with Creation Encounters offered to take me up in a small plane for a flight over the “Columbia River Gorge.”  Wow!  I could barely catch my breath I was so excited!

Just a small catch — The only small “catch” in this flight plan was that we had to be sure to fly around the rain storm headed our way.  This also meant that the flight would be “a little bumpy.”

Spectacular Views — The plane soared over the river.   We flew over Crown Point and multiple waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.  The views were spectacular and breath taking.

Meanwhile, to top off this awesome adventure — I had a fantastic tour guide – Marianne Pike of Creation Encounters.   She taught me about the geology of the gorge as we flew by the steep cliffs that towered above us — we were flying at 1,600 feet above the river – yet these cliffs were even higher than that!  You just couldn’t ask for a better adventure!!

A little roller coaster –  The ride over the river was not very turbulent.  However, we needed a closer look at the towering cliffs around us.  As the plan approached the cliffs, the plane went on what I could describe as a mini-roller coaster ride.  There were no tremendous drops — but there was a LOT of turbulence.  The cliffs were generating their own weather system.  What a ride!

An Explosive Situation — Even though the flight was turbulent,  it was super fun.  In fact, the turbulence added to the adventure.  I was enjoying the flight tremendously — however — one part of me disagreed with this super adventure…  My stomach developed a mind of its own, and well — I won’t describe the next events on the flight — except to say that it was a rather “explosive situation.”

Super Heroes!  Much to Marianne Pike’s credit — she comforted me – while my stomach was protesting… She and her family are my new Super Heroes!

I learned a few things from this adventure –

1. Don’t eat at least a day before you go flying…

2. I want to go flying again…

3. Next time I will  just strap the air sick bag to my face to start with ….

Thanks for the adventure Creation Encounters!  It was a fantastic one that I will not forget — and ummm — I guess you won’t either….

Get in on this action!  Check out  this Creation Explorers: Tracking the Flood  video trailer for a new movie produced by Pike Pictures.

Stay tuned for more adventures… :)

plane before


About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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