It’s that time of year where I start stalking this webpage to find out when Hwy 242 will be plowed enough for bikes! This pic is from June 2011. I made it up again in 2012, but haven’t attempted it since. I think it’s time to make the climb once again!
I thought I’d post the link in case anyone else is wanting to keep an eye on the road status. http://www.eurosports.us/mckenzie_pass_update
Shots from our latest jaunt out to the Summer Lake area. We headed out last minute to watch the Blood Moon in a remote area where the only light pollution was from our own campfire. Definitely stoked on our decision. We took a midnight stroll through the desert as we watched the eclipse. This area looks slightly different every time I come here.
Meet my nephew, Cole!!! Yay I’m an aunt! :) Never letting go…
The adventure weekend continues! A foiled plan to drive to Idaho Saturday turned into a last-minute trip to Umpqua Hot Springs. I had never been there before & it was a quick 2 hour drive from the high desert of Bend to the rain soaked forest of the valley. We pulled in to a pretty packed parking lot & walked about a quarter mile up the trail to the springs. There were lots of soakers, but there are about 6 pools to choose from & we slipped into a pool near the top where it was the hottest. I like hot springs, but only if they are really hot. This pool did not disappoint! It was raining & misty when we were up there, giving the area a magical feel. Cold drips of water cascading off of the trees onto our backs & faces were welcome relief from the steaming hot springs. I would recommend this springs if you don’t mind more of a party atmosphere & being around people. Definitely not a remote area despite the lack of nearby towns.
Sunday morning I was back in Bend & craving more fun. My housemate invited me to brunch, so I joined her in what became a daydrinking adventure of epic proportions. Respectable mimosas at breakfast turned into heading to the darkest dive bar at 11:30 am for bloody mary’s, red beers, pool & bingo. Hilarity ensued. Around 1:30, I caught a glimpse of something glorious streaming through an open door. Could it be… SUNLIGHT? My vampiric trance was interrupted by a phone call from the outside world, after which I bolted outside, leaving half empty champagne bottles in my wake.
I pounded water, thought about combing my hair & threw on my boots just in time for Josh to come pick me up to go fishing. We ended up hiking into the Deschutes River Canyon. The hike isn’t long, but it is a steep one. As we switchbacked our way down, we could see the confluence of Whychus Creek & the Deschutes River, where we had been camping just last week. I enjoyed seeing it from the other side of the river. We had the canyon to ourselves & ended up bushwhacking our way further down along the river - through tunnels made in tall reeds, under moss-filled grottos with water dripping down our backs, & over lava rocks. The water was moving fast & was a lot higher than I had seen it previously, so we didn’t end up busting out our fly rods. Instead, we soaked in the sun like lizards on rocks listening to the roar of the water rushing by. As the sun started to get lower, we hiked out of the canyon.
It has been a really fun week of exploring for me here in Central Oregon. It sounds like there are new adventures on the horizon as well… as I sit here looking at maps of Idaho, planning out new trips, my sister just called to tell me her water broke & she’s in labor! So off to Eugene I go! I’m so stoked to meet my nephew! What an amazing life & I’m grateful for every moment & every person that fills it.
Lower Whychus Creek, Oregon
First backpacking trip of the season is in the books! Thanks to some awesome weather & motivated friends, we were able to head out to the desert for an early season trip. The hike in is a short one, perfect for dusting off the backpack & getting back into the swing of things. The hike starts on a plateau with amazing views of the Three Sisters mountains & Black Butte. The trail then sweeps down into the canyon, winding it’s way down to a creek crossing that can either be an ankle deep stream or a waist high rush of water. This week it was only a thigh high stream that thankfully didn’t topple me over. We got to camp & within a few hours the rest of the crew arrived. Whiskey was consumed, campfires were tended, & eyelids got heavy.
The next day was spent hiking & fishing farther up the trail to the confluence of the Deschutes River. The trail was only maintained so far & then it was a bit more bushwhacking & clambering over fields of lava rocks (not Cloey’s favorite part). The day was sunny & we all came away with pink cheeks & noses. It was a short trip, but definitely whet my appetite for more backpacking adventures.
Queued up on my list for the summer:
- Owyhee River Canyons
- Strawberry Mtn Wilderness
- Timberline Trail - Mt Hood
- Steens Mtns
- Lost Coast Trail
- Wallowa Mtns
THIS PLACE IS REAL NICE Y’ALL. #portlandia