It seems like just yesterday that we were headed out of Sacramento on our Big Adventure to Bend, OR. Having sold our house, downsized belongings, and taken a leap of faith that our new home city would be welcoming and would meet our expectations. Bend did all of that and more.
The weather remained colder than northern California until early May. We discovered the many dog parks for Tucker, walked the neighborhood, explored downtown Bend, and found a new home church. We watched as the flowers bloomed – irises, daisies, and now lots of sunflowers.
We travelled the Cascade Lakes Highway past Mount Bachelor and many beautiful lakes with paddlers and campers. A May afternoon was spent walking and then driving through the Sunriver Resort before the tourists arrived. May and June we were blessed with visits with Northern California friends who were passing through, on a golf vacation, or visiting their Central Oregon property. There have been two visits to the High Desert Museum, a great gem of Central Oregon history and nature.
July we met family in Portland and celebrated my (Char’s) birthday. Then a visit to Crater Lake National Park. The Fourth of July was a full day of celebrating with breakfast by the Lions Club, the Pet Parade which is a big deal in Bend, a concert of patriotic music both instrumental and choral, and a fireworks display from Pilot Butte, a hill just to the west of us.
Now it is August. The weather has warmed up – upper 80s to mid-90s. The tourists flood downtown, the breweries, restaurants, the Deschutes River, and the hiking trails. There is a festival every weekend and lots of music performances in various venues throughout the city. Many are free or can be enjoyed over a pint of beer. We attended our first concert in the Les Schwab Amphitheater – Diana Krall and Well Pennies on a beautiful July evening. Another evening found us standing on Wall Street watching female and male professional bicyclers racing the criterium of the 38th Cascade Cycling Classic.r
We have also made trips to Eugene, Corvallis and Hood River to visit my 90-something year old aunt. There were also a couple of trips west on Hwy 20 to Sisters about 18 miles from us. There are lots of other places we want to visit in Central Oregon but in the meantime…..
We are preparing for our next Big Adventure……..