Walla Walla, Washington

Apr 28, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest anchored overnight on the Columbia River, just off the city of Pasco, Washington. We awoke to a beautiful morning, with massive freight trains chugging their way east to west and back over the Columbia River via the railroad bridge just ahead of our vessel. After breakfast, it was Zodiac to shore, board our luxury coaches, and spend the day exploring the Walla Walla area! Guests had the choice between visiting the Fort Walla Walla Museum and the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, then switching in the afternoon. But both groups got to go Three Rivers Winery, where we met for lunch, and had a wine tasting and tour before leaving for the other site that they did not see in the morning! Finally, back to the ship, got underway, and headed up the Snake River for our next stop!

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Svalbard, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland, along with other destinations. His 33 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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Dave Katz

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As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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