Hood River

Oct 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

This morning we arrived at Hood River, Oregon to explore the area just on the north side of Mount Hood, located only 30 miles from the legendary volcano. The area just to the south, called Hood Valley, is an important area for growing fruit. A lot of tree fruit comes from the area, especially pears, and the orchards are loaded at this time of year. Rich volcanic soil leads to very productive farming land, with plenty of rain and sunny summers.

Today we crossed officially into western Washington and the ecosystem is very different. Large and lush forests carpet the hillside and mist clings to the cliff edges. We spent our day visiting the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and going hiking at a local park that was formerly a railroad line. Everyone got to visit the Draper Girls farm out in Hood Valley and taste some of their fabulous fruit and cider. In the afternoon we sailed under the picturesque Bridge of the Gods and continued downriver towards the Pacific Ocean.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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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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