Multnomah Falls

Sep 17, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Our expedition spirits thrived today as we explored the lower reaches of the mighty Columbia River. Photo opportunities abounded during our early morning visit to spectacular Multnomah Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in North America. Some of us hiked across the graceful Benson Footbridge to get a closer look, while others lingered at the base of the falls to drink it the spectacle.

We also paid our respects to Herman the Sturgeon, the star attraction of the nearby Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Weighing in at some 500 pounds and stretching a full ten feet in length, Herman is happily retired from his annual appearances at the Oregon State Fair. He now resides contently as the patriarch of one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest.

Lunch was a treat at the farm-to-table Mountain View Orchards, owned and operated by three generations of family farmers in the Hood River Valley. We were fortunate to be among the first visitors to the newly opened wine tasting room and adjacent “cidery.” Having seen up-close-and-personal the operations of the orchards and vineyard, we heartily concurred with the sentiments of Wendell Berry: “A significant part of the pleasure of eating is one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and world in which the food comes from.”

In the afternoon, we hiked the trails atop monumental Rowena Crest and toured the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, an extraordinary Smithsonian-quality collection of technological innovation from earlier eras.

It was a day of adventure and discovery, all accomplished in a most expeditious way!

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About the Author

Jim Rawls


Jim Rawls, a native of Washington D.C., received his B.A. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in Washington State where he developed an early interest in the land and peoples of the Pacific Northwest. A Fellow of the California Historical Society and a recipient of the National Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, Jim has taught at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Diablo Valley College. Since 1995 he has served as a historian with Lindblad Expeditions on voyages along the inland waterways of Alta California, the coastal waters of Baja California, and the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Adam Maire

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Naturalist, underwater videographer, captain, and historian, Adam Maire is dedicated to exploring around the globe with a goal of researching, documenting, and teaching others about the beauty, the power and the importance of the earth’s wild places. With degrees in animal science, history and a Scuba Diving Instructor certification, he is passionate about finding extraordinary ways to help others understand the links between the worlds that exist both above and below the surface of the ocean. As a temperate and cold-water diver, he is able to capture video and images of rarely seen marine life to create real connections with the underwater world.

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