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Nov 12, 2019 - Bend OR

As I entered the info into the GPS for the campground in Bend it recommended what looked like an odd roundabout route...hmmm. I did a little research and found that the route I intended to take was a twisty-curvy-up-down route across the mountains, restricted to units in total length of 60’ or less. We are 61’ from nose to tail but over the mountains we went anyway – shhh! Don’t tell the Oregon Highway Patrol. It was, as predicted, mighty twisty and a bit of an upper body workout, but we arrived in Bend unscathed in 3½ hours. We set up in...

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Oct 15, 2019 - On the road and a change of plans

Off we went from Tacoma, thinking we would head south on Interstate 5. However, when we were just north of Portland, Oregon, we decided we have gone that way too many times, so we drove south and east to Bend. Several years ago we spent some time at Eagle Crest, and a few years after that we had a trip to Sun River. The drive down is lovely; we went through the trees near Mt. Hood. The deciduous ones were lovely, then we climbed to 4000 feet in the evergreens. In Bend we made our way to a Chinese restaurant where we ordered wonton soup;...

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Off to South America

Jul 29, 2019 - Bend, OR

The drive from Moab to Bend, Oregon included two overnight stops and a long drive on route 50 across Nevada (designated the loneliest road in the U.S.). There were some great views of mountains in the distance and a couple more mountain passes one descent of 8° with the speed limit of 25 miles an hour for about 3 miles another at 7% and for 6 miles with 1000 foot drop offs and no guardrails. On Saturday, July 27 Just south of Bend we stayed a "Boondockers Welcome" where we met our hosts Dale and Debbie. They have a beautiful home and we...

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Jul 27, 2019 - Bend OR

We detoured to Crater Lake National Park this morning just to see it again. Crater Lake is higher still, 7129 feet and we towed the trailer. We noticed that there was no trash on the sides of the road. That’s because there are trash picker uppers on bicycles. The destination today was The Camp at Bend OR, a very expensive place even more expensive on weekends. It’s a small RV park in the middle of Bend with an odd entrance. The GPS told us to come one way but another way looked shorter. That was a mistake as it made getting into the park...

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May 26, 2019 - Sisters/Bend, OR

May 26, 2019 I woke up at 6:30 and found rain was freezing on the windshield. It was barely freezing, 31 degrees. We learned that Bend gets 15 inches of water each year but the majority is in the form of snow. We were in no hurry so I made Bob French toast for breakfast. He is getting spoiled as I rarely make him breakfast at home! We are trying to find a spot to stay near Ashland. The private camps are horrible but we are hoping to get into a municipal park, Emigrants Lake. The best we will be able to do is call on Tuesday morning before...

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Oct 8, 2018 - Obsidian Flow and Hot Springs

Monday, October 8: Hiking near the Newberry Caldera Weather: high 40sF and cloudy, low 50s and cloudy with intervals of rain throughout the day Route: Sunriver Kittyhawk Condo → US-97S → Paulina Lake Road/OR-21 Highlights: - We woke up as dawn broke (7:00), ate our usual breakfast (this time microwaving the water and pouring it into the oatmeal), packed a lunch and by 8:30 were on our way to explore the area around the Newberry caldera. - The skies did not look like the weather that was forecasted. The views of the Cascades that we were...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Downtown Bend

Sunday, October 7: Sunriver, Oregon → Bend, OR Weather: high 30sF and raining, low 60s and cloudy with some sun in the afternoon Route: Sunriver Kittyhawk Condo → Downtown Bend Highlights: - We thought Sunday might be the best day of our visit to drive into downtown Bend for sightseeing without all the workday traffic. We slept until 7:00, had our usual breakfast (made too gooey by microwaving the oatmeal and water), packed a lunch and left the condo at 9:00. It was 36F and damp. - Our first stop was Farewell Bend Park. At 9:30 there were...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Newberry National Volcanic Monument

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Created in 1990, this monument protects an astounding geological area in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. It has one of the largest concentrations per square mile of cinder cones, lava flows and fissures of any other place on earth. - The massive Newberry shield volcano has been spewing lava for the last 400,000 years. The most recent eruption was 1300 years ago. The location of the main volcano is now marked by the 5-mile-diameter Newberry Caldera, within which are two lakes -- Paulina and East Lake --...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Roads and byways

An unexpected start to this trip was going to Richland. My mother passed away two weeks ago, and her community memorial happened to be the day before I was supposed to start. Mo and I met my daughters and sister-in-law for the service. After, Mo went home with my daughters, and I traveled to Bend. I am trying to find roads that are not Interstates. In some areas, Interstates are unavoidable: for example between Winnemuca and Salt Lake City. My main roads will be state highways. Some have official designations such as Blue Star to honor war...

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Stateside Road Trip

Aug 2, 2018 - Atop an Obsidian Flow

Bend, OR At one time we had attended an art exhibit opening. We sat at the same table as a couple who previously lived in Oregon. They told us we needed to visit Paulina Lake. So we did. We first hiked to Paulina Falls. This double falls drops 80’ over volcanic cliffs onto a jumble of rocks below. We had bright sunshine today so photographing the falls was difficult. Having seen Paulina Lake at ground level, we headed up to Paulina Peak. From almost 8,000’ up (light jacket required) we could see the entire Newberry Caldera, 4 miles by 5...

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Aug 1, 2018 - The sky is blue! The sky is blue!

Bend, OR The wind has shifted and the sky is smokeless and blue. That also means it is hot, so we headed up a mountain again. We decided to tackle the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway which starts at the small town of Sisters, a community with charming 1880s facades. Sisters Airport is an unattended small strip with self-serve fuel, fee tiedown, and courtesy bicycles. The community takes its name from the nearby Three Sisters volcanic mountains, 3 of the 5 tallest mountains in the state. In fact, North Sister has 17 glaciers. The...

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Jul 31, 2018 - Good day for a walk in the woods

Bend, OR In our continuing quest to avoid the heat and the lingering forest fire smoke, we headed up. Tumalo Creek is a beautiful mountain stream flowing down from Broken Top Mountain. Near the beginning of the trailhead is impressive Tumalo Falls, an awesome 89-foot drop. The exact origin of the word Tumalo is not known. According to the book Oregon Geographic Names, there are 3 possibilities; one is that it is from the Klamath Indian word Temelo, meaning wild plums - which were at one point abundant here. Another Klamath word, Temola,...

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