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A River Full of Adventures

03-13-2018

Nathan Krohn, UnCruise Adventures

You may have already heard that the S.S. Legacy has a new partner in crime. The Sea Dragon is completed and already having great adventures in Alaska, but in August it'll be heading to the Columbia and Snake Rivers for the brand new Rivers of Adventure itinerary.

Previously a trip focused on history, the new Rivers of Adventure itinerary will feature a large dose of, you guessed it, adventure. We even mixed in a little wine for good measure.

S.S. Legacy

So what’s so adventurous about this new itinerary? Let’s look at some of the highlights.

At the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll visit Rowena Overlook and decide between a 2-mile roundtrip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve or a 3.6-mile round trip hike with 1,000 feet of elevation up Tom McCall Point trail.

On a clear day, views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge will fill your camera’s memory card.

After lunch there will still be time to stroll or bicycle along the Twin Tunnels Trail, a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway. And if that’s not your thing, you can always tour the Hood River orchard working farm and try their delicious cider.

What’s a trip down the rivers without a rafting adventure? Whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River features Class II and III+ rapids with names like Elevator and Surf City. If you prefer staying dry, a hike or bike trip in the canyon of Deschutes River State Recreation Area is also an option.

Rafting down the rivers

A full day of activities await at Palouse Falls State Park. At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature.

Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River.

Kayaking in Palouse State Park

At Hells Canyon, a Nez Perce tribal member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation before heading out on a jet boat ride through the canyon. It’s not uncommon to see bighorn sheep, golden eagles and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs.

For those looking to mix in a little wine with your adventures, we have good news! You’ll visit Terra Blanca Winery & Estate for a private tour that takes you through the vineyards and into the wine caves.

After lunch you have the option of guided yoga in Richland Park or opt to run, walk or bike along the Columbia River Trail.

The Columbia and Snake River system has been referred to as an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca and we’re ready to explore everything this off-the-beaten-path area has to offer.



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