Eugene, Bend/Sunriver and Redmond
06.01.2018 - 06.29.2018
Brad and I left California headed for Florence, Oregon for a 3 week stay over Memorial Day weekend but the truck (affectionately known as our 'little mule') had other plans for us. Coming through the mountain passes along Hwy 5 proved too much and the transmission was overheating causing us to pull off and let it cool. Long story short after a white knuckle ride we limped into Eugene and waited for service. A good friend invited us to join her at the local American Legion to dry camp; we spent a lovely week there making new friends and I became a member to honor my father who served in the Army as a helicopter pilot in Korea and Vietnam. We look forward to visiting more American Legion posts as we travel.
With the truck transmission fixed we were off again to central Oregon for a 3 week stay at Bend/Sunriver, we hadn't been there in 6 years so lots to see. Bend must be the brewing capitol of the US, so many brew pubs to try. We were staying out in the resort town of Sunriver, 20 minutes south of Bend so we didn't visit all that often. We celebrated my birthday in early June and our 29th anniversary on the 19th-woohoo! We took a drive around Mt. Bachelor but mainly enjoyed a very quiet stay in a very wooded park with mule deer passing by.
Some friends invited us to visit in Redmond just north of Bend where we stayed at the county fairgrounds. Our friend Mike introduced us at the local Moose lodge and Brad joined up, which is nice as there's a lodge in every town just like the American Legion and everybody is very welcoming at both places. Our new friends told us about the local hikes and scenic areas including Steelhead Falls State Park and Smith Rock, both were amazing, highly recommended. When we come back through we'll be sure to explore more!
What can I say, who doesn't love waterfalls! Nice half mile to the falls.
Technically located in the Terrebonne area, these ancient volcano cones are eroded and the Crooked River cuts through them. There are hiking trails all over and around them and lot's off rock climbers cling to the sheer cliffs as you walk the trail. Very popular place, I'd like to come back for a picnic.