From the National Geographic Sea Bird in the Pacific Northwest
Oct 5, 2012 - National Geographic Sea Bird
Lower Monumental Dam and Palouse River and Falls
It was a little nippy outside, but we saw a beautiful sunrise from the National Geographic Sea Bird. Stretch class was started off with an exuberant crowd ready to warm up their blood and stretch out their bodies and minds. Sipping on their smoothies, they headed off to breakfast!
The morning started with an excitement-packed schedule for adventure seekers. Some went on Zodiac cruises; others visited the spectacular Palouse River Falls, while the rest enjoyed kayaking surrounded by the gorgeous basalt cliffs. They paddled with confidence in the section of the Palouse River that hosted us for our time in both rounds. The kayakers and tours viewed many birds, an eagle, and the highlight—a coyote!!
The decadent lunch, nicely presented on the aft 100 level deck, satisfied all our needs preparing us for our relaxing afternoon in the sunshine. Cruising was on the agenda on our way to the Snake River and the Lower Monumental Dam. As we approached the dam and lock, the Zodiacs we lowered for a surprise trip, as passengers sunk the 100 feet with a close up view! Many others watched from the decks and cheered on the hard working crew who secured the ship to the wall during the process.
Then the global marketplace stole the show in the lounge with gifts and treats for all. Fulfilled with downtime, we all gathered in the lounge for cocktail hour and recap with an inspiring film showing of a youth who kayaked over the Palouse Falls and survived. Grace taught us about Coots and other birds of the area, while Don gave us some interesting facts also. Dinner proved to be glorious, and we all retired to our cabins for a well-deserved rest.