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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Grace Winer


Geologist and naturalist Grace grew up among woods, rivers, and mountains, loving the outdoors, nature and rocks. After high school she became a Registered Nurse and was soon studying midwifery at Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital in London, England. Back in the United States she served as an officer in the USAF Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. In a major career change, Grace turned to the Earth Sciences and received degrees in geology (BS and MSc) from Montana State University. Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, Grace pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands. In her study of basaltic volcanism in the Bering Sea region, 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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David Pickar

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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