Three States and Hell’s Canyon – All In One Day

Good Morning, S.S. Legacy! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Good Morning, S.S. Legacy! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It’s another unseasonably warm day here aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy. For our excursion into the depths of Hell’s Canyon – North America’s deepest river gorge and the disastrous overwinter location of John Jacob Astor’s 1811 Overland Expedition – the mercury is slated to hit an oven-like 101°F, or approximately 38°C.

Native Nez Perce member J.R. tells us (in a fun and revealing way) about his tribe's culture and customs. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Native Nez Perce member J.R. tells us (in a fun and revealing way) about his tribe’s culture and customs. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

But this morning when I stepped out of Stateroom 207, temperatures were still mild and pleasant, with a cool breeze even circling slowly along the exterior deck as I made my way forward to the shell door leading to the Lounge. Early-riser breakfast and coffee is served here from 6:30 a.m. until the full, plated breakfast is served in the dining room at 8:00a.m.

I rarely, if ever, eat eggs. I just don’t particularly care for them, having – at one time – been allergic to them. When I sail with Un-Cruise, I make an exception to that policy; the eggs served onboard – particularly the omelettes – are sumptuous. On this morning’s menu: a cheese and broccoli omelet, served with fresh fruit, bacon, and potatoes. Pair that with a side of coffee and a glass (or two) of orange juice, and you’ve got a breakfast fit for a real explorer!

Historical Leader Kenne stands pierside as guests board the jetboat for our full-day tour of Hell's Canyon. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Historical Leader Kenne stands pierside as guests board the jetboat for our full-day tour of Hell’s Canyon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

But I don’t need to suffer like an explorer. If there is one disclaimer I could give about this voyage thus far, it’s that it’s just not as active as other Un-Cruise itineraries. In Alaska, I was kayaking and bushwhacking almost to the point of exhaustion. In Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, I was scrabbling up high peaks and jumping over tidal pools until my feet ached.

Today…I sat.

Our jetboat tour of Hell's Canyon begins...Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Our jetboat tour of Hell’s Canyon begins…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...as we leave the S.S. Legacy in our wake! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

…as we leave the S.S. Legacy in our wake! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I sat in the Lounge, the Dining Room, a jet boat, a picnic table, a jet boat, the lounge, the dining room, the lounge again. The most physical activity I had today, I think, were the stairs I climbed and the hour and a half I stood on the bow admiring the sunset and talking a mile a minute, as I’m prone to do from time to time.

However, that’s not a bad thing: Un-Cruise bills this as a Heritage voyage focused almost exclusively on history. If you want to go on ten-mile-hikes, “There’s an Un-Cruise for that.” And the focus on history that Un-Cruise provides aboard the S.S. Legacy is second-to-none.

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy continues tomorrow as our river cruise expedition takes us westward to Walla Walla, Washington! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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