The Dalles, Cruising

Oct 14, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Overnight National Geographic Quest was tied-up at the downtown dock in the city of The Dalles, located in the state of Oregon. So, as the sun came up, and we finished our breakfast, it was an easy exit of the ship to our coaches, and then rolling toward the morning’s activities! This included a short stop on the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway to a magnificent scenic viewing area called Rowena Crest. After a short twenty minute stop to take photos and enjoy the view, we re-entered our coaches and headed for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, where we were treated to a raptor presentation, as well as wonderful interpretive displays of the Gorge area, and Wasco County. There were several options for guests to enjoy: a bike trip to the ship, “photo” or naturalist walk around the Center’s ground, or a bus ride to see the town of The Dalles while learning more about Lewis & Clark’s Journey. The rest of the day we cruised the river, transiting through several more locks!  

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Svalbard, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland, along with other destinations. His 33 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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