Road Scholar Lewis & Clark Expedition
on the Snake and Columbia Rivers


Day 1, Page 1 -- Quick Tour of Spokane, WA, Our Arrival City


October 26, 2013
Posted February 20, 2014
2014, Herbert E. Lindberg

This page is part of the following multi-day Expedition. The page numbers are links to jump to the page. Also,  when you are marching through all the pages you can use links at the bottom of each page to jump to the logically following page to view the entire trip in chronological order.

1. Downtown Spokane, Bus to Clarkston and Lewiston Page 1    Page 2
2. Snake River into Hell's Canyon Page 1
3. Palouse River -- Too Windy Page 1 
4. The Dalles, Maryhill Museum, Bike Ride Page 1
5. Columbia River Gorge, Rasmussan's Farm, Multnomah Falls Page 1    Page 2    Page 3
6. Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Maritime Museum Page 1 

We had heard nothing but good things about Road Scholar tours (expeditions) and I finally signed up for a trip on the Snake and Columbia rivers near and on the Oregon-Washington border. My criteria were that it was a short flight from and to Sacramento airport, there wasn't any strenuous hiking (Mary and I are both 83), but yet we would see a lot from a ship on a river. It turned out to be an excellent choice, except perhaps for the windy wet weather on a couple of days this late in the year.

Before I go further into this multi-page summary of the fun we had, I must give the link to a summary of the trip produced by Road Scholar: Voyage Portfolio.  Heather Taylor (heather.taylor@roadscholar.org) is Program Coordinator for their "Adventures Afloat." and supplied this link to all participants.

I also recommend that you take a few minutes to trace our entire adventure on a detailed Google Map and return here to begin the story of our adventure. Without this you will have only a vague idea of where this story takes place.

Most of the expedition was on the National Geographic ship Sea Bird, a perfect three-deck 64-passenger ship with a crew of 26 plus 5 professional leaders/teachers selected by Road Scholar.  We flew from Sacramento airport into SeaTac airport and then to Spokane on a smaller turbojet.


This is the garden behind the Red Lion River Inn on the Spokane River.  We spent our first night, October 25, here.


The next morning we boarded two motor coaches for a quick tour of Spokane, a nice little city.
We paused here at Gonzaga University.
The home of Bing Crosby, an illustrious alumnus, is preserved about a block away.


They were having an alumni reunion during our short stay -- we met a few at the Red Lion River Inn.

The motor coach continued on toward Riverfront Park, which had metal-plate
statues of 50 to 100 runners at the southwest corner of the park.

We entered the park at the northeast corner where this "you are here" map is displayed.
(Right click on the map to open a larger version in a separate tab.)


All 59 of us headed toward the Post Street bridge over the Upper Falls of the Spokane River.


The falls, facing up river from the bridge.
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Another view from the center of the bridge.
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Chet Caskey, one of six guides on the tour but the only one on this short motor coach trip.


Proceeding along Post Street bridge, power station on right.


Another view of the falls from just off the bridge.
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I snapped as many of our group as I could as we walked back to our motor coaches.


 


These are just representative pictures from what I took that day.


We got to know everyone in the expedition before the week was out, but not all by name.

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1. Downtown Spokane, Bus to Clarkston and Lewiston Page 1    Page 2
2. Snake River into Hell's Canyon Page 1
3. Palouse River -- Too Windy Page 1 
4. The Dalles, Maryhill Museum, Bike Ride Page 1
5. Columbia River Gorge, Rasmussan's Farm, Multnomah Falls Page 1    Page 2    Page 3
6. Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Maritime Museum Page 1