National Geographic Sea Bird awoke to a glorious day in the Columbia Gorge. The sun beamed while guests sprang out to buses toward the 620-ft Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the most popular destination for most Oregonians. Some guests climbed the 848-ft Beacon Rock where Lewis and Clark noted tidal influence in 1805, while others visited Bonneville Hatchery and the friendly and photogenic 86-year-old, Herman. Herman is a white sturgeon held in captivity since the 1990s who loves to be photographed and likely set the record of appearances in the guest slide show!

Some guests proceeded to beer and wine tasting at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center before having lunch on National Geographic Sea Bird and transiting the final lock, Bonneville Dam and Lock, highlighted with river tracks.

The afternoon featured a presentation on Lewis and Clark by River Historian and Naturalist Patrick MacQuarrie while cruising through Vancouver, Washington. The evening began with cocktail hour, recap, and dinner, followed by the presentation, ‘Geology of the Columbia Basin’, by Naturalist Jeff Campbell.

Photos by Patrick MacQuarrie, Eric Degerman, and Joan Papp