Walla Walla, Washington

May 04, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Early in the morning National Geographic Quest whirled and stirred, and then came alive with activity as guests, staff, and crew awoke from a very peaceful night’s rest at anchor, just off the town of Pasco, Washington. Right in front of the ship was a very active train bridge over the Columbia River, with seven large freight trains passing over it before breakfast was finished! Once we got to shore, about 9 a.m., it was off in two bus groups toward the city of Walla Walla, Washington for our full day of activities! The two groups took turns going to the Fort Walla Walla Museum, the Whitman Mission and tour of the Tree Rivers Winery. We also joined up at the winery for a group lunch. Late afternoon it was back to the ship, cocktail hour and recap, dinner, and a post dinner lecture. Another full day on the Mighty Columbia!

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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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