This last weekend, we went camping in central Oregon, a little south of Bend and Sunriver, but close enough to both to visit. Jamison and I took the opportunity to visit The Longboard Store near the Old Mill District in Bend. We also rented bikes and kayaks in Sunriver and a pontoon boat at East Lake.
An advantage of renting is being able to try something different. I chose an Electra Townie balloon 3i. This bike is less efficient than my city bike I got for Fathers’ Day a couple of years ago: only three speeds and the pedals are way out front. But wow, is it a lot of fun on relatively slow and flat rides! Can you ever have too many bikes? ;-)
East Lake ended up being an exciting place to boat, maybe a little too exciting. After leaving the dock, we watched fish on the depth finder while we made our lunch. Then we motored around and explored deeper parts of the lake. Soon, Jamison announced that he heard thunder. I didn’t. A few minutes later, he repeated his announcement. I still didn’t. South of the lake, we could see sheets of rain. So we started heading back where we had started from. Soon, we saw rain in between us and our destination. Checking out the rain to the south of us, we saw a huge lightning strike on the mountain followed shortly by thunder. Okay, I heard that one. Not wanting to be the tallest point on the lake for long, we headed back to the dock. We grabbed most of our stuff and then sat in our cars, watching the rain on the lake.
Once again, we celebrated Heather’s birthday away from home — happy birthday, Heather!
Our final day of vacation, like all last vacation days, was a little sad. Because we had to be out of the house by 11 and we’d already reached our biking distance goal, we didn’t ride this morning. Instead, we packed up, cleaned up, loaded up, and then took pictures.
We walked through the village, visiting Bellatazza Caffé, the book store, and the toy store. We even got lessons on playing the didgeridoo at the fair trade store.
We walked to the Sunriver Lodge and took one last picture of Mt. Bachelor, and took our last rides down the tubing hill.
Still not quite ready to return to reality, on the way home we stopped in Bend and ate at Pastini’s and checked out the kayaks at REI. Once again, we saw our cousins from southern California. Guys, Oregon is small and we will find you. ;-)
With no excuse to postpone it any longer, we made the long drive home.
Waiting for us were happy pets and thriving hanging baskets. Thanks, Courtney, for taking care of everything while we were gone.
Photo credits: Ashley Logan took the first four photos. Thanks, Ashley!
Yesterday, I complained I didn’t take enough pictures and promised to make up for it. Today, I think I overdid it. These are just a few of the pictures (and I may yet pare them down).
We started the day with bicycling (as usual). Suzi and Melissa joined the 100-mile club in our morning ride. Ashley, who joined us on Monday, still had a few miles to go. Jamison and I went on a second morning ride with Ashley, this time tackling the hill to Fort Rock Park to finish off her miles. Oh, the sweet, sweet ride back down the hill and into the wind — it felt so good! :-)
After lunch, we headed into the village to start our kayak ride. They delivered us and our kayaks to Lapine State Park and sent us off. Three hours later, they picked us up where S. Century Drive crosses the Deschutes. We had so much fun! What a great way to spend the day.
No one felt like cooking or cleaning, so we returned to the village to eat. As we finished, Slick Side Down was just starting to play. We listened for a few minutes and then walked to the lodge.
We watched the sun set, then returned to Goody’s for our final ice cream and to watch Slick Side Down complete their set. Jamison and I “had” to get one of their CDs before we left.
It’s so hard to believe that our vacation is almost over. Fortunately, we have so many good memories. We’re looking forward to our next chance to visit.
Today, Jamison and I reached our goal of bicycling 100 miles during our vacation. We’d decided to start out with the north loop, visiting the marina and the foot bridge because we hadn’t yet this vacation. But no “it’s only a mile or so off the path” diversions today. We loaded up my pannier with with water bottles and sports drinks and headed out.
Jamison and I took the longer North Imnaha loop and let others lead the rest of the day. We entertained ourselves by not pedaling on any downhill slope. Pro tip: a tuck position looks a little silly on a mountain bike.
Jamison hit 100 miles just after turning around at the stables. I had another mile or so to go. Of course, we took pictures so we could share our personal accomplishments with close friends and family, otherwise known as “bragging rights.”
After lunch, the girls headed to the village for some sister (and shopping) time.
When they returned, we all went tubing and and then to the pool. It was later in the afternoon so the lines for the pool slides were short and tubes were always available. I even swam a few (couple?) laps. It was nice to be back in a pool lane. I wonder if the Olympics will fill up lap swim like New Year’s does.
Suzi and Melissa left the pool earlier to prepare supper. And what a supper it was! They made gazpacho. Mmm…
The kids got distracted with the Olympic opening ceremonies, so no evening ride tonight. Just as well. We’re all quite tired from all our playing. Don’t misunderstand — this is not a complaint. :-)
Okay, one complaint: we didn’t take many pictures of what we did today. I’ll try to make up for that tomorrow.
Update: I blew it! I didn’t realize that Heather also joined the 100-mile club today. We took some pictures to commemorate the event and I’ve added them above. Sorry, Heather. :-(
Ashley and I biked to Bellatazza’s Caffé for morning coffee. Ashley completed her job training while I read more of Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage. I questioned whether I should be reading a management book on vacation, but maybe that’s the trade off for not checking my work email today.
After so much bicycling already this week, we decided to do a shorter morning ride, maybe just to Benham Falls and back. I said, “I think it’s only a mile or so off the bike path.”
I was wrong. According to the map, it’s 2.3 miles one way from the bike path, and that might only be to the falls’ parking area. The actual falls is farther than that. And it was gravel and dirt road. Suzi and Jamison with mountain bikes and knobby tires were okay. Ashley and I with mountain bikes and smooth tires had it a little tougher. Heather and Melissa with their comfortable city bikes had it worst of all. Still, Lilly and Sweet Pea made the trek safely — and in style. :-)
Our total “morning” ride ended up being around 15 miles. So much for a shorter ride.
Mid afternoon, Ashley and Melissa headed to the pool and Jamison and I headed for the tubing hill. After our first run, we ran into our cousins and sent them into the pool area to find Ashley and Melissa. Jamison and I tackled the tubing hill five or six more times, then followed them into the pool area. We went down the slides a few times and it was time to head back to our cabin. Where did the afternoon go?!
Predmores invited us over for barbecue and a diet cola and Mentos squirt. So much fun!
Afterward, we biked back, watching the sun set over our shoulders, and stopping to take some snaps.
Even with our “short” morning ride and no real evening ride, my odometer reads 89.7 miles — 20 miles for the day. :-)