Astoria, Oregon

Oct 13, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird

On an early morning approach to Astoria, clean, gentle rain greeted guests aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird.  The great Pacific Ocean, Astoria’s western door, releases precipitation eastward. That wet greeting contributes to shades of green, lush ground cover, and surviving giant Sitka spruce trees. Ironically, guests experienced the recorded description of the Corps of Discovery from 1805-1806 (wet, wet, wet). The city, by the way, was named to honor John Jacob Astor who sent two expeditions westward in 1811, five years after Lewis & Clark returned home.

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Junius Rochester


Junius Rochester was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  He graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High School; Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington; took graduate courses in history at the University of Washington, Seattle, and attended Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Jeff Phillippe

Expedition Leader

Jeff was raised in upstate New York and completed his B.A. in geography at Middlebury College in Vermont. He attained his master’s degree in water resource science at Oregon State University where his research focused on glacier hydrology in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. He spent most of his 20's teaching Earth sciences and geography at the secondary and university level, while taking his summers off to lead wilderness and climbing expeditions throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada.

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