Sundays on the Gorge Presents – Geology of the Gorge with Les Hastings

We will be hosting a talk on the geology of the gorge Sunday, June 22. The presentation is part of the museum’s “Sundays on the Gorge” speakers series.


June’s headliner is retired math and science teacher Les Hastings. His talk will be: A personal journey into the geology of the gorge. “When I first moved to the gorge in 1970, it was my goal to learn everything about the gorge,” said Hastings. “Extension agent Dick Adlard took me under his wing and it has been a fascinating journey. It gave me insight as to how this beautiful work of nature came to be, and how it was modified through the years to become the treasure it is today.”

Hastings said his talk will common questions people frequently have about local geology. Where is the oldest rock in the gorge and how old is it? Where did Beacon Rock come from and just what is it geologically? What is a lava tube or cave and how is one formed? Is Wind Mountain, with its conical shape, a volcano and how does Shellrock Mountain (opposite side of the river) fit into the story?

Hastings taught high school math and science for 32 years, and his teaching days continue. He writes a column on astronomy for the Skamania County Pioneer. He is a NASA volunteer Solar System Ambassador, and he gives monthly science talks at Skamania Lodge. He continues a life-long love of tennis as both a coach and player.

“We are delighted that Les has agreed to give a talk at the museum,” said Director Jim Price. “A former board member, he is a frequent volunteer here so we know his talk will be lively, informative and educational.” Hastings’ presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the museum’s DeGroote Theater. Attendance is free with paid admission to the museum.