S.S. Legacy Cruise: Saying farewell to a wonderful voyage

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – Sometimes magic happens. Nothing you can really plan.  Even if you make all the best arrangements in the world, some trips just don’t quite come together as hoped. Maybe the food isn’t to your liking; the shore excursions too tough or too tame; entertainment rather bland or not your type; crew members inattentive or rude; fellow travelers tend to be prima donnas or grouches or know-it-alls. Maybe your room that looked so …

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S.S. Legacy Cruise: Visiting Maryhill Museum of Art, built by Sam Hill for his wife but she chose not to live in the French-style mansion

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – Sam Hill wouldn’t have had to ask me twice to live here. Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, the French-style mansion was designed to have eight suites and enough room for 250 dinner guests. The opulent home was built by Hill for his wife. But she never lived here. Her loss. Our gain. Today, the impressive structure is now the Maryhill Museum of Art. The “Mary” part of the …

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S.S. Legacy Cruise: Nez Perce

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – Why do dogs go through the ritual of tail sniffing when they encounter each other? Because they are looking for their own tail. At least that’s the tale that Nez Perce speaker White Bull told on our S.S. Legacy cruise. Sounds about as good an explanation as any other. “We are a very childlike people and we have stories for why things are the way they are,” he said. “Those stories are …

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S.S. Legacy Cruise: Multnomah Falls beautiful in any season

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – Admiring the magnificent Multnomah Falls, I was taking photos from different angles when a young lady approached and told me I should see the awe-inspiring cascade in autumn. “When the leaves have changed colors, you would not believe how beautiful it is,” said Heather Williamson from nearby Portland. She and her friends like to take the short 30-minute drive east from Portland to the falls for hikes and have seen the 611-foot-tall …

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