Oct 08, 2018 - National Geographic Quest
Our expedition continued today with a wonderful morning spent on the ship exploring and learning about the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition on the Columbia River and
This afternoon, we excitedly started our exploration with a drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway, the oldest scenic highway in the United States. Our first stop was a visit to Rowena Crest, an iconic viewpoint on the Oregon side of the Rowena Gap and part of Oregon’s Mayor State Park. Our drive up the Historic Highway was filled with spectacles of yellow, green and orange leaves, the signs of changing fall colors on big leaf maple and quaking aspen. Even
After visiting Rowena Crest, we returned riverside to experience the wonderful displays at the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center (CGDC). It was here that we were able to learn more about the incredible significance of The Dalles, in Oregon Trail history. It was specifically in this area that in the 1840s, American settlers began to arrive overland on the Oregon Trail. Due to the steep cliffs of the Gorge, it was impossible to take wagons further west on the Oregon Trail without rafting down the river from The Dalles. Before construction of the Barlow Road in 1846, reaching Willamette Valley and Fort Vancouver was beyond a treacherous task and required risking losing everything to continue
In addition to the fascinating historical
The afternoon was completed with optional excursions in The Dalles, including a botany and nature walk with naturalists exploring Lewis and Clark
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