Columbia and Snake Rivers: History and Harvest by Small Ship

Learn about history, nature, photography and sustainable cuisine alongside experts as you travel through the picturesque Columbia River Gorge.
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Program No. 20445RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Embark on an exceptional adventure learning about the history, landscapes and culinary delights of the Columbia Gorge aboard the intimate, 62-guest expedition ship, the National Geographic Sea Bird. This voyage will be led by a Road Scholar Group Leader, as well as onboard experts specializing in nature, geology and local history. Delve into themes including the mountain crossing by the Corps of Discovery, the evolution of river navigation and the cataclysmic origins of the Columbia River Gorge. Plus, an onboard photo instructor offers photography tips that last a lifetime.
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On Your Feet
Please note that the ship's lounge and dining room are on the lower floor of the ship that is accessed by a steep staircase and there is no elevator available. Hikes of various distance offered to accommodate a range of fitness levels. Uneven and potentially slippery terrain. Climbing in and out of expedition landing craft or kayaks.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, stopping at sites where they made camp, while enjoying locally sourced, sustainable food on board.
  • Travel through eight different locks that lift us some 700 feet in all – nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails.
  • Explore the Palouse River on a hike along the bluffs overlooking the river.

General Notes

All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting. The program is limited to 38 participants and the National Geographic Sea Bird holds 62 passengers.
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Don Popejoy
Don was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Eastern Washington State University. His first career was with Edison Brothers, Inc. as a fashion designer for women's accessories in Spokane, Las Vegas, and New York City. In 2004, he began a teaching career at the Spokane Community College in the Act Two department, covering American and European history, music, Shakespeare, geology and climate change. Don is also an author of several history books. He has been teaching for Road Scholar programs since 1999.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Don Popejoy
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