It took Lewis and Clark ‘a little longer’ than it took my family to cover 1000 miles of river during our 7 day multi-sport adventure cruise on the 87 passenger Wilderness Discoverer shown here anchored at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers in Eastern Washington.

Our small ship adventure cruise began in Portland, OR where we headed east transiting 8 locks to Clarkston, WA, and from there, up the Snake River into the Hell’s Canyon Wilderness Area. From there we headed west through the Columbia Gorge National Scenic area all the way to the mouth of the Columbia nearby Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1805-1806. After reaching the Pacific Ocean, we turned around and headed east and back to Portland.

On day two double kayaks and floating docks are lowered into position on the Columbia for some outstanding desert paddling at Miller Island. For thousands of years, the Yakima, Warm Springs, Umatilla and Nez Perce tribal nations lived and fished along the river’s banks. Before the dams arrived, tribes from all over came to the area formerly known as Celilo Falls to trade for dried, smoked salmon.

Floating docks make it simple to launch and land from the Mother Ship.

Our paddling guides and naturalists discuss the points of interest in store for us during the day’s paddle.

My wife Barb and 11-year old daughter Kelly pause to marvel at ancient Native American petroglyphs and pictograms in the Miller Island area.

Barb and Kelly paddle along side our ride, the 169-foot “Sport Utility Vessel” Wilderness Discoverer.