Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Oct 16, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


From the river, the canyon walls surrounding our expedition party soar over 8,000 feet, creating the deepest gorge in North America. Stunning basalt and limestone formations dominate this multi-lithological landscape, which was created millions of years ago during tumultuous tectonic activity. From the river, we peer into the edge of a wilderness; we sense an aura of wildness. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, turkeys, golden eagles, and other raptors captivate our attention. Wild and scenic, stoic yet fragile, we marvel at this slice of earth – from the river.

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Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

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