|Bend, Oregon, population: 80,995. This is the largest city we have seen since Kansas City.
Bend is situated in a large valley with the Cascade Mountains as its backdrop. We are seeing real trees for the first time basically since we left Tennessee. Most of the trees are beautiful evergreens, very tall and very stately.
This afternoon we drove to the High Desert Museum, located just outside Bend. " This museum opened in 1982 with a guiding principle that education and experience are the bases for thoughtful decisions. Today we strive to be the preeminent resource for exploring the historic and contemporary relationships between people and the High Desert landscape." (Taken from the museum brochure).
The museum has some beautiful exhibits and living examples of some of the wildlife found here including some farm animals. It has a homestead that includes the cabin, the outhouse, the shed for storing implements, a barn for horses, chicken house, and a saw mill used for cutting up timber for the buildings, etc. The main building contains exhibits of Indian life, life of trappers, settlers and the life here in the Great Depression. It is very interesting and we enjoyed our visit, even though it was short.
The RV park we are staying in here has the Dala horses marking each parking space. These are the same as the horses we saw in Lindborg, KS. Each horse is red and has the parking space number on it. Very attractive. This is a lovely park and is right in the middle of Bend, so there is quite a bit of traffic. Lynd did not particularly like driving into the downtown with the RV, but made it just fine.