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Columbia Gorge lifesaver

The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse
took a cruise on the
Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
In Oregon
July 28, 2013

the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Karen, Lee and Ilse experienced the history of the Columbia River Gorge and learned about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on a cruise aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

They boarded from Marine Park at Cascade Locks, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to enjoy the riverboat cruise on an authentic triple-deck paddle wheeler, providing 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas, a 2 hour cruise, bountiful buffet featuring locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dessert items prepared fresh on board, champagne, ever changing views and a narration of the sights.

the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Karen, Lee, and Ilse ready to board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

chart of the Columbia River Gorge

the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
Oregon flag
Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak
Karen's sister on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
Karen Duquette on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
Karen and Ilse in the wind

Lee Duquette enjoyed the wind on deck - not so sure about Ilse.

Lee Duquette enjoying the wind on deck

Lee Duquette on deck and heading for the stairs to go inside - yes, he went down the stairs backwards!

Lee Duquette on deck
Lee Duquette going down the stairs backwards
view of the river and the bow of the boat
view of the Columbia river

Karen and Ilse met the Captain of the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

 

Karen and Ilse meet the Captain of the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

the Captain of the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Ilse and Karen each got a brief turn at steering the boat.

Ilse steering the boat

Karen Duquette preparing to steer the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Karen Duquette thought the paddlewheel, the wake, and the rainbow were wonderful to watch as the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler made its way down the Columbia River.

the paddlewheel and wake
the paddlewheel sprirting up the river water
the paddlewheel sprirting up the river water
the paddlewheel and a rainbow
the Columbia River

Steering into the sun and different views of the Columbia River and surroundings.

the Columbia River
the Columbia River
panorama of the Columbia River

It was cold, choppy and windy, and the sailboats were having a race.

cold and choppy water
sailboats in a race
the Columbia River and surroundings
the Columbia River and surroundings
bridge over the Columbia River
bridge over the Columbia River

A bit of extra entertainment.

kiteboarding
kiteboarding

Karen, Lee and Ilse had a wonderful time during their cruise on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. They saw and learned much more than they imagined they would. The Captain and his crew were very personable and made the experience rich with historical facts and interesting tidbits. The area was very beautiful. Although it was a bit cold and windy on deck, it was comfortable inside, the food was pretty good, and the champagne was wonderful. This cruise was a very pleasant experience.

 

After exiting the boat, Karen and Ilse saw the statue of Sacagawea, and thought it was one of the best Indian statues they have ever seen.

sign with the story of Sacagewea
the staute of Sacagewea,
the staute of Sacagewea,
the staute of Sacagewea and papoose

Silent Descent

Silent Descent
Silent Descent
Silent Descent

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