Afternoon in Bend

2018 West, Oregon, Road Trip

Ever since we watched the Oregon episode of Aerial America, we’ve wanted to look down on the town of Bend from the top of Pilot Butte, the cinder cone in the middle of town. Today we did. We’d intended to hike up but didn’t find the trailhead. Next thing we knew we’d driven to the top! It might have been a good thing we drove, for it was chilly and rainy but the view was spectacular. From there we headed to Jake’s Diner for a great lunch then on to REI housed in a couple of historic buildings in Bend’s Old Mill District where Steve succeeded in finding a new pair of Oboz waterproof shoes. After a little more browsing in the district, we lingered for a few minutes near a lovely firepit with a view of the Deschutes River. Now to return to Tumalo State Park and our tent site. Who knew that if we wanted an electric and water site, it would be necessary to make reservations for a Monday and Tuesday stay in October? That’s okay, it gave us an opportunity to deploy our Zamp panels this morning!

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