Our Short Time in Bend

We really had a great time in Bend. It was short, but definitely a lot of fun and so gorgeous!

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After a beautiful 11 hour drive with amazing views of Mt Shasta, we arrived late Saturday in Bend. Since the place we were staying was relatively close to downtown, we stretched our legs and walked to find some dinner. Of course, we found ourselves at the Deschutes Brewery & Public House.

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It was a lot colder at night than we expected while walking on the way back. We packed in July and for some reason didn’t bring too many warm clothes…

The next morning we attended a nice little church and went hiking at Tumalo Falls.

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It started out great, but ended with snow after less than a mile. So, we didn’t actually hike as much as go on a quick walk.

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So we drove around and looked at neighborhoods and available houses. Then we found Pilot Butte, a huge hill that has a great view of Bend.

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And found ourselves with more beer. Did you know there are 16 breweries in Bend? Kind of awesome.

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After Geoff finished work on Monday we went for a tour of the Deschutes Brewery. It was pretty interesting and similar to our New Belgium tour.

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Tuesday after work, we went for a drive and mini hike on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The road goes up to Mt. Bachelor and around the back of the mountain, curving back towards Bend.

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On the way up, we stopped at Todd Lake for a mini hike.

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There was no one out there! It was so quiet on the lake and the roads too.

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No one for miles.

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And Wednesday we left for Royal City, but stopped at a popular rock climbing destination on the way, Smith Rock.bend-16 bend-17 bend-18

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We didn’t see any rock climbers, but we also didn’t take too much time there since we had to drive 5 hours. And we made it by 10pm! And since it was dark, we managed to miss our last state sign.

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