At the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers, the Joso Bridge cut across the stark landscape formed by geologic upheaval in the distant past. Blue skies, gorgeous sunshine, and still, reflective water offered beautiful views from National Geographic Sea Bird. After breakfast and a few logistics, Rob offered a talk explaining the complex geological past of this area.

Expedition landing crafts brought us to the shore, where we boarded coaches and made our way to Palouse Falls. Washington State designates Palouse Falls as their ‘state waterfall,’ and the falls are certainly worthy of this honor and designation. At the falls, we observed a kestrel harass a red-tailed hawk, and we enjoyed watching the yellow-bellied marmots.

After a delightful lunch, various activities were available, including kayaking, birdwatching, and storytelling in Lyons Ferry State Park.

In the late afternoon, most guests chose to go out with naturalists in our expedition landing crafts. On the Palouse River, we observed basalt cliffs, spring grasses, and wildlife during our pleasant journey. All rafts saw a squadron of white pelicans, a few rafts were treated to a view of a golden eagle, and one particularly lucky raft had the chance observe a pair of river otters.

We passed through the Little Goose Dam during the evening meal. After dinner, Patrick finished the story of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.