Hood River, Oregon

Oct 21, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


“Look at all these different kinds of apples!” exclaims a guest from aboard National Geographic Quest. We are at Draper Girls Family Farm, where apples and pears fill our senses. Glancing around, I am amused and intrigued by the names bestowed upon this autumn harvest: Tokyo Rose, Pink Pearl, Winter Banana, Spice, Ambrosia, Newton Pippin, Winesap, and Black Twig… to name a few! Later we mosey along the Mosier Tunnels trail, basking in the fall colors and mild breezes. On the other side of Hood River, our shipmates are regaled with tales of automotive and aeronautical adventure at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Reunited at last, our final lock passage is commemorated with a visit from King Neptune himself, and his entourage. 

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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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