The next morning, we tried for a view on McKenzie
Pass again, but had the same luck. In fact it was colder and wetter
than the day before!
But the Sisters were making an appearance.
I mentioned Gizmo, our netbook that was so handy
for mapping. It was also great for downloading photos. It turned
out John had not cleared out his memory card for months. It took
the entire time we spent enjoying lunch to offload photos.
But now we had room for more pictures. On our
way to Bend, we had some pretty amazing views - and more gravel
It was also darn chilly. We got into Bend
and noticed people walking around in Down Parkas. We arrived just
as Taste of Bend festival was going on. We found a nice Hotel
in the center. As we were showering and doing laundry we could
hear music playing. We opened our windows to enjoy a show taking
place just a block away. We bundled up and headed down to get
a closer look. There was a bit of live music and lots of food.
But we didn't have down parkas and we eventually opted for indoor
dining. We had remembered a great meal from a previous visit and
tried to find the same place. We got the location right, but the
restuarant had changed hands, so our meal was OK, but not the
culinary delight we had remembered.
An interesting thing about Oregon... the roads
labeled scenic have no views! They go through pine forests and
you can't see anything. This photo was taken from a road not labeled
as scenic! We stayed two nights in Bend, and for our unladen day
decided to do a ride out to the Prineville Reservoir. As we looked
over our shoulders, the Cascade range was layed out behind us.
We could see Mt Bachelor, the three Sisters, Mt Washington, Three
Fingered Jack and Mt Jeffereson.
We could even see Mt Hood off in the distance.
This view was with us most of the day. It was