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


Part 3 -- Palouse River Bypassed - Too Windy

October 28, 2013
Posted February 20, 2014
2014, Herbert E. Lindberg

This page is part of a multi-day Expedition:

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    You are here
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  

The next day, October 28, we were supposed to "Explore the Palouse River. The still waters of the Palouse River are the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off on Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. You'll visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into pools below."  This would have been the high point of the cruise for me but the weather had other plans. Early in the morning our cruise director, Lee Fleischer, bundled up in rain gear and took out a Zodiac to test the weather. He came back soaked and "looked like something the cat dragged in" (one of my mother's expressions from the 1930's). He concluded this was not the day for a ship full of octogenarians to set off down a river in bouncing Zodiacs.  Instead we'll have to settle for a movie from a previous rendition of this cruise.

With plenty of time available I took this shot of two Road Scholar lecturers, historian Don Popejoy and naturalist
Grace Winer.  Don told us many interesting stories about Lewis and Clark and Grace filled us in on basalt geology.
Don Lovejoy

I also enjoyed using the time to wander around the ship.
This shot is facing aft on the second deck, with a man standing at our room.

Ship scene

I continued walking to the aft deck with its flag whipping in the wind.

wind

This is where wellness specialist Michelle Brugiere held an exercise class at 6 a.m. every morning.
I stayed in bed to catch a few extra winks. Just keeping up with the schedule was enough exercise for me.
exercise machines

Don Popejoy with Mary J. Mullany. Mary asked me to take this for her. I hope she can get to this post.
Right click on the picture to open a larger version in a separate tab.


Whitecaps as we continued west on the Columbia River, taken through a window of the ship's lounge.


Those are some big waves for a river.


We are approaching the John Day lock and dam, the deepest lock on the Columbia River.


We are dropping 100 feet in the lock.


View back as we exit the lock.


On the far left are the spillways above the power station.


Mary and I relax after lunch with new friends.


 Our videographer, Jim Napoli, captures gems for the expedition video during our final minutes on the Snake River.


We are at the intersection of the Snake and Columbia Rivers at 5:00 p.m.


Continue to The Dalles   |   Home


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    You are here
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