Walla Walla: The Place So Nice They Named It Twice

On-tour today in the grassy landscape of Walla Walla, Washington and its surrounding areas! The Oregon Trail comes to life. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

On-tour today in the grassy landscape of Walla Walla, Washington and its surrounding areas! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After days of being greeted by picturesque scenes the second I open the door to my stateroom each morning here onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy, today came as something of a surprise. I opened my stateroom door just before 7:30 a.m., as I always do. But blue waters and lush forests didn’t stare back at me. Instead, a gravel port wasteland known as Burbank greeted my eyes.

It’s something straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie, with industrial siloes to the left, and a giant scrap metal processing plant to the right. The only thing missing is Arnold Schwarzenegger shouting, “Get in ze chopper!”

My Morning View: a little less picturesque than days previous. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

My Morning View: a little less picturesque than days previous. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The view from the stern, however, more than made up for it! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The view from the stern, however, more than made up for it! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

But it’s the best docking location for guests aboard the S.S. Legacy to reach our day of touring in Walla Walla, Washington; a more picturesque dock up river would add 45 minutes to the coach ride. So, each Wednesday, S.S. Legacy is a beacon of hope on this vast, Waterworld­-esque landscape.

Fortunately, Un-Cruise has a great sense of humor. They installed some inflatable palm trees and pink flamingos to liven up the dock space! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Fortunately, Un-Cruise has a great sense of humor. They installed some inflatable palm trees and pink flamingos to liven up the dock space! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Mindful of appearances, Un-Cruise has humorously tried to dress up the gravel pier to resemble the more famous Burbank in California: two inflatable palm trees were stationed at the end of the gangway, along with a single bright pink plastic flamingo positioned between the gangway and our waiting motorcoach.

Boarding our motorcoach for another exciting day of adventures ashore here in the Columbia River valley. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Boarding our motorcoach for another exciting day of adventures ashore here in the Columbia River valley. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

And who is out in this barren gravel wasteland known as Burbank? Why, it’s S.S. Legacy’s own charismatic Engineer, Jack! Days after delighting guests with his unique and engaging story about his “precious, precious microbes” that live deep in the bow of the ship and allow the toilets to function – so long as no foreign objects disturb them – Engineer Jack, clad in his black work overalls, proudly holds up some of his scrap metal finds as our powder blue coach zips past him.

S.S. Legacy's engineer, Jack - and his Burbank finds! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

S.S. Legacy’s engineer, Jack – and his Burbank finds! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

So kudos to Un-Cruise for really putting the best spin on a docking location that is practical but hideously ugly and getting guests’ days off on the right note.

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy continues tomorrow as we explore The Dalles, Oregon! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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