Snake River

Oct 03, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


After 50-knot gusts and a wind-bound afternoon in The Dalles, Oregon, we had to make up for lost time today, traveling 270 river miles and transiting through 4 locks to our destination of Clarkston.  With no time for side-excursions, the day was dedicated to cruising, and expedition leader Sheri Bluestein craftily improvised a schedule to keep us entertained.  In addition to the thrill of passing through the locks, we saw presentations by our National Geographic photographer, Smithsonian historian, expedition geologist, and even our expedition chef!  The evening cheerfully concluded with beer tastings and trivia night.

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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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