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


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s 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 Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate watching birds and what they could teach us about patience, integrity, and hope.

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