| ||IN THE WAKE OF LEWIS AND CLARK
A Voyage Along The Columbia & Snake Rivers
(The Journals of Margaret and Richard Batterman)
The Willamette and the Lower Columbia
Eastern Washington's Wine Country
Clarkston and Hells Canyon
Columbia River Gorge
Back to Portland
Wednesday, October 2 - Clarkston and Hells Canyon
When we woke up, we were anchored in the Snake River near Clarkston, Washington. After breakfast, we had a short video about the geology of Hell's Canyon and then went on jet boats for a trip up the Middle Snake River to Hell's Canyon. This stretch of River forms the border between Washington and Idaho, and further along between Oregon and Idaho.
It was a beautiful and exciting wilderness ride, going over several rapids, with sightings of golden eagles and big horn sheep along the way. The boats go very fast through these rapids - 30 to 45 mph with a draft of only twelve inches.
After passing the sign marking the Washington-Oregon border, we stopped for coffee and a snack at Cache Creek, which is the official northern entry to Hell's Canyon. We then went on to China Gulch for lunch, passing the mouth of the Salmon River, and stopping along the way to see big horn sheep grazing on ledges near the riverbank. This was our furthest extent up the Middle Snake, but it gave us a vivid sample of the Wild and Scenic corridor of the river. On the ride back we stopped at a private ranch at Buffalo Eddy to see petroglyphs that are very old.
When we got back to the ship, it was docked at Clarkston. After a brief pit stop we boarded a bus for the Nez Perce National Historical Park visitor center near Spalding, Idaho. There we had an informative talk and saw a small museum with Nez Perce pictures, clothing, etc. Tomorrow's destination is the Palouse River.
Driving from Seattle to Portland and back
Tour of Portland
Harry Fritz on Lewis and Clark
River Basin Map
Columbia Basin Hydroelectric Projects
The Batterman's Web Site