Chas­ing Lewis and Clark

Luxe Beat Magazine - - Front Page - By Jan Ross

Meri­wether Lewis and Wil­liam Clark, in­trepid ex­plor­ers dis­patched by Pres­i­dent Thomas Jef­fer­son in the early 1800s to find a route across the western United States, did not have an easy trip. Bat­tling Na­tive Amer­i­cans, brav­ing ex­treme heat and cold, mak­ing their way down treach­er­ous rapids and starv­ing, they grad­u­ally made their way to their ul­ti­mate goal: the Pacific Ocean. How­ever, pas­sen­gers on the lux­u­ri­ous S.S. Legacy with Un-cruise Ad­ven­tures are able to tra­verse part of the same route in ul­ti­mate com­fort.

Un-cruise Ad­ven­tures is not a typ­i­cal small ship cruise com­pany by any means. Draw­ing on the com­bined ex­pe­ri­ences of their team with 80+ years in yacht and small ship cruis­ing, Un-cruise Ad­ven­tures offhrv an aothrnatiyh to any tra­di­tional cruises by tak­ing their guests into re­mote ar­eas and offhrinj Xn­fony­h­n­tionao ang TXITH amaz­ing ex­cur­sions.

Their cruise of the Columbia and Snake Rivers du­pli­cat­ing part of the Lewis and Clark ex­pe­di­tion is a good ex­am­ple. De­signed to em­u­late a turn-of-the-cen­tury coastal steamer that you might have seen dur­ing the time of Lewis and Clark, the charm­ing in­te­rior of the ship is lovely. Beau­ti­fully carved wooden cab­i­netry, a lounge com­plete with a IXOO Ear AOO Oitxor iv INFOXGHG on thh cruise), a din­ing room com­plete with a wine bar, a sa­loon, hot tubs, sauna, ᦐTNHVV HTXISMHNT yoja FOAVVHV ang a mas­sage suite (a mas­sage is in­cluded for ev­ery guest) com­bine to cre­ate a lux­ury at­mos­phere un­like any other small ship.

The four decks pro­vide plenty of view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as the ship cruises through amaz­ing Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton scenery and lots of com­fort­able seat­ing ar­eas as well. El­e­va­tor ac­cess is avail­able and, with six cabin cat­e­gories all FOMSOHTH Zith a ᦑat VFRHHN '9' player and ipod dock­ing sta­tion, you arh VXRH to ᦐng thh SHRIHFT Faein With an open bridge pol­icy, the ex­pan­sive bridge area is avail­able to any­one who is in­ter­ested, and many guests spend time there en­joy­ing the pass­ing scenery.

The “Legacy of Dis­cov­ery” cruise is en­hanced by the crew who seem to OOYH thhir MOEV ang manh HYHRY Hf­fort to keep the guests com­fort­able, even don­ning pe­riod cos­tumes for var­i­ous vi­gnettes and some­times just for fun. The cruise leaves from Port­land, Ore­gon, and we boarded the ship with no idea of the won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence we were about to have.

There are a lot of ad­van­tages to small ship cruis­ing: smaller num­ber of pas­sen­gers, abil­ity to nav­i­gate into in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions and a com­fort­able, re­laxed at­mos­phere. But pos­si­bly the best thing about cruis­ing on a small ship on rivers is that there is no dan­ger of sea­sick­ness! Af­ter ex­plor­ing the

ship a bit, we headed to our cabin where we were pleas­antly sur­prised at how large the cabin was and the door to the out­side deck made it seem even larger as we could open the door for a breath of fresh air or to check out the pass­ing scenery.

We cruised out of Port­land in the evening and the lights of the city rhᦑhft­inj on thh Zathr FRHATHG a EHAXTIIXO VSHFTAFOH Ior oxr ᦐrvt Gay on the ship. Af­ter drinks in the lobby (the bar­tender was never stumped by any­one’s drink or­der the en­tire week), we headed into the lovely Gin­inj room ZHHRH ZH hag thh ᦐrvt of what would prove to be many de­li­cious meals. Break­fast ev­ery morn­inj offhrhg VHYHRAO FHOIFHV ang or­ders for lunch and din­ner were taken at that time. With plenty of FHOIFHV offhrhg Ior Hafh mhao it ZAV hard to imag­ine that any­one was not pleased with the din­ing choices.

One of the most pleas­ant things about the cruise was get­ting to know some of the other guests, as you are wel­come to sit any­where you like in the din­ing room. We met sev­eral other guests and found our­selves grav­i­tat­ing to them in other ar­eas in the ship; a very pleas­ant way to spend a week! (Yhry­onh HNMOYHG thh FOAVVHV offhrhg through­out the week; knot-ty­ing, bead-mak­ing and yoga classes were all in­ter­est­ing choices.

We were for­tu­nate to be on one of the cruises which fea­tured the mu­si­cal ta­lent of the 40s singing group called “Let­ters from Home”. Not only did they pro­vide sev­eral very en­ter­tain­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances, they were also charm­ing din­ing com­pan­ions, and ev­ery­one en­joyed spend­ing time with them. Beau­ti­ful, per­fect har­monies, tap danc­ing, funny lit­tle skits and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion all made their per­for­mances en­joy­able for ev­ery­one. Erinn Diaz cre­ated the group like an Andrews Sis­ters trib­ute which would honor vet­er­ans, ac­tive mil­i­tary, and the fam­i­lies and part­nered with Serah Ha­ley to travel and per­form.

There were also other skits and per­for­mances through­out the week put on by crew mem­bers who were cer­tainly ex­cel­lent ac­tors as they por­trayed var­i­ous his­tor­i­cal events which had oc­curred in the area through which we were cruis­ing. In ad­di­tion, a Na­tive Amer­i­can speaker came on­board and en­ter­tained us Zith VONJV Vtorihv ang ᦑXTH Soay­inj

Af­ter a great night’s sleep, we found our­selves cruis­ing through the gor­geous Columbia River Gorge Na­tional Scenic Area. We had just spent time in a lux­ury cabin in the Columbia River Gorge area for a few days prior to the cruise so see­ing it from the wa­ter was a com­pletely Giffhrhnt SHRVSHFTIYH :H VOISSHG through the Bon­neville Dam locks

(one of many locks on our cruise) and oxr ᦐrvt Vhorh H[fxrvion ZAV a toxr oi thh HXJH txreinhv ang ᦐVh OAGGHRV at thh Gamܟv 9iv­i­tor &Hn­thr /HZIV and Clark must have been amazed at the beauty of this place although I’m sure it was much eas­ier in some ways for them to tra­verse the river with­out all the dams and locks which ex­ist to­day. The shore ex­cur­sions on the cruise were all in­cluded in the orig­i­nal price ܙ a Vx­ev­tan­tiao Giffhrhnfh Irom Vomh cruise com­pa­nies and one which can re­ally add to their va­ca­tion bill. From the dam, we took a bus to one of Ore­gon’s most amaz­ing wa­ter­falls, Mult­nomah Falls. The tallest wa­ter­fall in Ore­gon, it’s a prime tourist des­ti­na­tion and a lit­tle crowded, but well worth a visit as

it’s re­ally gor­geous. Back on board, it ZAV timh to ᦐng a Fomior­taeoh seat and en­joy a cruise through the spec­tac­u­lar Columbia River Gorge. Eighty miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the river canyon makes its way through the Cas­cade Moun­tains and the lush forests and soar­ing moun­tains are truly an amaz­ing sight.

The next day we were as­ton­ished to see Ore­gon had changed right be­fore our eyes. From the lush green forests of the North­west, we had cruised to thh FONᦑXHNFH oi thh &ooxmeia ang Snake Rivers and plenty of winer­ies ang JOOGHN Zh­hat ᦐHOGV Thiv ZAV no lush North­west rain­for­est but a tan, gold, and brown land­scape like noth­ing we had ever seen. More locks and dams pro­vided an in­ter­est­ing spec­ta­cle as we made our way along the rivers.

It was about this time that we took ad­van­tage of the full mas­sage for ev­ery guest which was in­cluded in the price of the cruise. What a nice amenity! Step into the mas­sage suite and you will feel that you have ar­rived in a very nice spa, then just re­lax and en­joy your mas­sage as you cruise along.

One of our best days took place on our jet boat cruise of Hells Canyon. Af­ter dock­ing in Clark­ston and learn­ing about the his­tor­i­cal Vi­jniᦐ­fanfh oi thh 1H] 3HRFH SHOSOH and the Lewis and Clark Ex­pe­di­tion’s en­counter with these Na­tive Amer­i­cans, we clam­bered aboard a cov­ered jet boat for an ex­cit­ing ride into the canyon. This sec­tion of the Snake River was lined with beau­ti­ful yet rus­tic cab­ins – very rus­tic, as they have no plumb­ing or elec­tric­ity!

This is North America’s deep­est river gorge and has been pro­tected as a Na­tional Recre­ation Area since 1975. We were thrilled to see deer, bighorn sheep, ea­gles and 7,000- year-old Na­tive Amer­i­can pet­ro­glyphs.

The in­cred­i­ble basalt for­ma­tions along the canyon walls were truly mes­mer­iz­ing.

Walla Walla, Wash­ing­ton is not only fun to say (!) but it’s also an in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal area with a com­plete pi­o­neer vil­lage and mu­seum, along with plenty of gal­leries and winer­ies. A visit to the Walla Walla Fort Mu­seum and wine tast­ing com­bined to cre­ate a mem­o­rable day; The Dalles in Ore­gon pro­vided a day of cul­ture with a tour of the in­ter­est­ing Mary­hill Mu­seum and the Columbia Gorge Dis­cov­ery &Hn­thr TXFNHG azay in a TXIHT tozn in Ore­gon, the mu­seum houses price­less Euro­pean paint­ings and sculp­tures along with Na­tive Amer­i­can ar­ti­facts and the Queen of Ro­ma­ni­aܟv Shrvonao HFFHFTV ܙ trxoy an eclec­tic col­lec­tion! The Columbia Gorge Dis­cover Cen­ter had plenty of in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits which pro­vide a look into the area’s ge­o­logic his­tory.

We also vis­ited one of the most in­ter­est­ing sites of the en­tire cruise in Mary­hill: a com­plete, minia­ture replica of Stone­henge! We couldn’t be­lieve our eyes as we pulled up to this fas­ci­nat­ing place. Com­pleted in 1929, it was in­tended as a vet­eran’s me­mo­rial and has be­come a tourist des­ti­na­tion that is well worth a visit.

We were sad to visit charm­ing lit­tle As­to­ria be­cause we knew it was very close to Port­land and our cruise would be over soon. Sit­u­ated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the town is near Fort Clat­sop, which is a replica of the Lewis and Clark camp when they were in the area. This was their last camp be­fore they headed home to St. Louis to report ev­ery­thing they had dis­cov­ered. As­to­ria is an in­ter­est­ing place to Vtrooo aroxng Hn­moy­inj thh 9ifto­rian man­vionv ang thh YIHZ oi thh 3afiᦐf Ocean and the Columbia River.

The next morn­ing, Port­land was our last stop, as we and our new friends headed sep­a­rate ways to catch a bus, ta[iv ang ᦐnaooy SOANHV to tanh XV AOO home. We hated to leave our cozy cabin and the beau­ti­ful ship that had be­come our home for the prior week. We left know­ing that this would not be our last trip with Un-cruise Ad­ven­tures!

The S.S. Legacy

Great view from the open bridge on the S.S. Legacy

The chang­ing land­scape

LEFT Nez Perce pre­sen­ter

Let­ters from Home

Mult­nomah Falls

Basalt for­ma­tions in Hells Canyon

Yoga class on­board

Amaz­ing to think pi­o­neers headed west in these wag­ons

His­toric pi­o­neer vil­lage

Bighorn sheep paus­ing for a drink in Hells Canyon

Guests on the S.S. Legacy en­joy­ing one of the amaz­ing views on the cruise

Cruis­ing out of Port­land, Ore­gon, in the evening

Replica of Stone­henge

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