We started early this morning on the National Geographic Sea Lion. As there was a full day ahead of us, the extra fifteen minutes this morning would help us to accomplish all the activities on the schedule. After the usual morning exercise with the wellness specialist, we disembarked for Rowena Point. At this is a beautiful overlook just off the old Columbia Highway, the first paved highway in the country, we were afforded incredible views of the Gorge, brilliant fall colors and a brisk breeze to jump start our morning. From the overlook, we traveled to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center where we first had the opportunity to learn about various raptors that cannot be released to the wild and serve as a wonderful means for educating visitors about these birds of prey, their life history and some of the challenges they face. Following this short presentation, we all had a chance to explore the diverse exhibits before either walking back to the ship, joining Grace on a nature walk, or sharing time with Bob and learning about the murals of The Dalles on a city tour.