Greetings from Clarkston, Washington! Today marked the first full day of our adventure aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, and what an exhilarating day it was as we ventured into the depths of Hells Canyon.

Our journey began with a thrilling ride on jet boats, winding our way up the powerful Snake River. The grandeur of Hells Canyon slowly revealed itself as we navigated the landscape; towering cliffs, rugged canyons, and the rushing river created an awe-inspiring backdrop for our adventure. The jet boats allowed us to venture into this remote wilderness, taking us closer to the untamed beauty and natural wonders that define Hells Canyon. We witnessed lush flora, dramatic rock formations, and glimpses of the diverse wildlife that inhabits this region.

Returning to National Geographic Sea Lion, we were met with a special treat: a guest speaker who shared their expertise on the history and ecology of this remarkable region. Their insights added depth to our understanding of Hells Canyon and the forces that have shaped it over time. In the evening, we gathered for a delightful tasting experience from a local winery. The rich flavors and aromas of the region's wines added a touch of elegance to our day of wilderness exploration. As the sun dipped below the horizon, we raised our glasses to the day's adventures.

Our time in Clarkston, Washington, was a beautiful blend of rugged adventure and refined indulgence, a testament to the diverse experiences that await us on this journey aboard National Geographic Sea Lion. Tomorrow holds new discoveries — stay tuned for more exciting explorations and unforgettable moments!