Trip: LEGACY OF DISCOVERY: AN UNCRUISE ADVENTURE CRUISE

Corey Montgomery > Trips > LEGACY OF DISCOVERY: AN UNCRUISE ADVENTURE CRUISE
7/7/2017 To 7/14/2017
I spent a fantastic week on a river cruise highlighting the Columbia River National Scenic Area, Lewis & Clark history, and wine! We embarked in Portland on the Willamette River on the Uncruise Adventures ship, the S.S. Legacy, built to emulate an early turn-of-the-century coastal steamer with décor to match. It holds a maximum of 88 passengers and for our cruise we were about 80% of capacity. The cruise was all-inclusive meaning that all food and beverages, to include high quality alcohol, were included in the price. Additionally, all of the shore excursions were included at no additional cost. On the 1st day we cruised out of the Willamette and onto the Columbia eastbound, being blessed with some spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens. We docked overnight in Cascade Locks. On the 2nd day, we toured Bonneville Dam and saw the massive electricity-generating turbines and the fish ladder. We also took a short excursion to Multnomah Falls. We left Cascade Locks and cruised through the Columbia River National Scenic Area for the duration of the 3rd day, continuing eastbound on the Columbia until we met the Snake River in the Tri-Cities in Washington and continued to Clarkston across the Snake from Lewiston, Idaho. On the 4th day, we went on an exciting and exhilarating yet not scary jet boat excursion up the Snake River into Hell’s Canyon. We observed many bighorn sheep (which actually looked more like goats to us), bald and golden eagles, and over 7,000 year old Nez Perce Indian petroglyphs (paintings/etchings) on the vertical cliffs. We were also served a great homestyle lunch at a farm right at the intersection of the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho on the Snake River before returning to the S.S. Legacy. We cruised overnight to Richland in the Tri-Cities. On the 5th day we visited the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center where we learned the history of the Manhattan Project (WWII atomic bombs) and the Hanford Nuclear Engineering Works. We continued on to the award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard where we received an informative tour of the vineyards and winery. We also were served a fantastic eclectic lunch at Terra Blanca. We cruised back westbound along the Columbia overnight and woke up docked in The Dalles. On the 6th day we toured the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Maryhill Museum. We cruised back westbound on the Columbia through the ever beautiful Columbia River National Scenic Area again all the way to its mouth and docked in Astoria. On the 7th day in Astoria, we visited historic Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark encampment for the winteri of 1805-06. We also visited the Victorian streets of Astoria to include the Astoria Column, an 125 foot tower built in the mid-1920s which provides an amazing view of the mouth of the Columbia and the city. We cruised back to Portland and disembarked on the morning of the 8th day. During the cruise, we passed through 8 locks, twice each, on the 8 dams along the Columbia, which was truly amazing. I had no idea even though I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life that there were locks that allowed ship passage most of the entire length of the Columbia.
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