The Columbia and Snake River Locks

Sep 21, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


In the rosy pink dawn, National Geographic Quest cruised upstream on the Columbia, the great river of the west. The intense pink in the clouds reflected off the calm surface of the wide river. Today we relaxed and enjoyed passing through several locks on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We took pleasure in leisurely time cruising up the Columbia and onto its largest tributary, the Snake River, which we will follow to our destination in Clarkston, Washington. Over the course of the day, we watched for wildlife, marveled at the ever-changing scenic views, and also enjoyed special treats from our bartenders and galley crew as well as educational presentations from our expedition staff.

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About the Author

Grace Winer

Naturalist

Geologist and naturalist, Grace is a native of Montana and received her degrees in geology (B.S. and M.Sc.) from Montana State University.  Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, she pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands.  Here she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption.  Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.

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