National Geographic Sea Bird docked at the charming city of Hood River, which is overlooked by the impressive stratovolcano, Mount Hood. After breakfast, guests boarded coaches to visit the Rowena Crest Viewpoint, which overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. Mark Mayer donated the overlook to the Hood River Valley in 1924. At the viewpoint, guests learned how the Missoula Floods raged through the area, rising to over 1000-feet deep.
Leaving Rowena Crest, we journeyed to the Mosier Tunnels along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Built in 1922, the 75-mile-long scenic highway was promoted by Sam Hill and engineer Samuel C. Lancaster. Guests hiked 4.5 miles along the highway, seeing a variety of wildflowers, sumptuous views, and several birds such as turkey vultures, ospreys, American robins, and northern flickers.
After returning for lunch aboard National Geographic Sea Bird, guests ventured to the popular Draper Girls Farm where they met owner Theresa Draper. This farm is a treat for all who visit. The farm offers cider-tastings, fresh fruits and jams, a beautiful garden with spectacular views of Mount Hood, and an Instagram sensation, a pygmy goat affectionately known as “Flash.”
Leaving Draper Girls, guests visited the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, or WAAAM. The museum contains one of the largest collections of functioning antique airplanes and automobiles in the region, providing fascinating displays tailored for all.
The day finished with exciting recaps from the expedition team followed by dinner and a fascinating talk on Forest Ecology by naturalist Rob Edwards. A wonderful day concluded in the wonderful and windy area of Hood River, Oregon.