Snake River and Hells Canyon

Sep 20, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Our final day of our expedition on the Columbia River was more exciting than any of us had imagined it could be. Early in the day, we traveled to Clarkston, Washington where we boarded small jet boats on the Snake River. Our time on the jet boats was spent winding up the spectacular river through extreme and rugged parts of Hells Canyon. Over the course of the day we were able to observe beautiful wildflowers, long horn sheep, mule deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and even a black bear! Our lunch stop was especially delicious as we were able to pick fresh plums, apples and pears from the trees and devour them right on the spot! It was an adventurous ride and excellent end to our week in the Pacific Northwest.

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Christine West

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Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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