Bend & Sisters

The big bash in Bend lived up to the hype!  It was fun camping with a group at Sisters City RV Park.  Everyone made it out, Doña Doña, Roger, Gail and R.

Visiting an area you’ve never been before always seems to be much more insightful and interesting when you have a local to show you around. Our friend Pat was an excellent guide and gracious host.  She took us out to the Mzarek Trail (my favorite), the Peterson Ridge Trail, and The Deschutes River Trail.  We also visited Good Life Brewery, Three Creeks Brewery and of course Deschutes.

As if that wasn’t enough, she even threw a dinner party at her wonderful home, introducing us to some of her Bend friends.  I don’t know how she pulled it off, but she managed to have an eight-point buck pose for photos in her front yard.  And she almost pulled off the amazing feat of hooking “R” up with an incredible lady, same age, same interests (read between the lines, she brought brownies to the party) and same political views.  She even used to live in PB!  But alas, it wasn’t to be.

The single tracks out here go on forever.  The breweries are top notch.  And people bring growlers to dinner parties.  Unlike California, in Oregon a growler is a growler.  It doesn’t matter where you bought it, they’ll fill it.  And they also have what amounts to growler filling stations.  Little stores with a multitude of taps from different brewers.  I even saw a growler filling station inside a gas station/mini mart.  Quality beer for as low as $6.99 a 64oz growler.

We are only bummed that we didn’t get a good look at the three sisters or bachelor.  The clouds and/or rain seemed to always be in the way.  Next visit we will carve out at least a week to do it right.  Our 4 days were just a teaser.

Here are some of the photo highlights.

Doña Doña's spanking new Class A rig. You want to talk about a strong independent woman, she thought nothing of jumping behind the wheel and driving all the way down from Boise.

Doña Doña’s spanking new Class A rig. You want to talk about a strong independent woman, she thought nothing of jumping behind the wheel and driving all the way down from Boise.

Doña Doña and her pup Josey.

Doña Doña and her pup Josey.

My friend Josey.

My friend Josey.

Amelia and Pat at the first of seven falls on Tumalo Creek on the Mzarek trail.

Amelia and Pat at the first of seven falls on Tumalo Creek on the Mzarek trail.

The climb.

The climb.

Ho hum...just another beautiful waterfall.

Ho hum…just another beautiful waterfall.

Happy Valley...need I say more?

Happy Valley…need I say more?

Good Life Brewery, Happy Valley, kind of the theme in Bend.

Good Life Brewery, Happy Valley, kind of the theme in Bend.

The Deschutes River Trail.

The Deschutes River Trail.

Amelia ripping through a turn on the Deschutes.

Amelia ripping through a turn on the Deschutes.

Cheerful cheers at Deschutes with Roger.

Cheerful cheers at Deschutes with Roger.

Hops as landscaping in the parking lot of Deschutes.

Hops as landscaping in the parking lot of Deschutes.

This not a statue, but the real thing! An eight point buck.

This not a statue, but the real thing! An eight point buck.

Wow!

Wow!

R and Amelia at the old look out tower on top of Black Butte.

R and Amelia at the old look out tower on top of Black Butte.

Atop Black Butte.  I love that porter.

Atop Black Butte. I love that porter.

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