Bend…Love!

So, I know I’ve asked you all to move multiple times during this journey (Jackson, WY; Big Sky, MT; San Juan Island, WA), but I have to add one more to the contenders list: Bend, OR!

Cocktails (at Pine Tavern) by the water...priceless!

Cocktails (at Pine Tavern) by the water…priceless!

The Ale Trail bike (sober person steers, drunks peddle) to 10 breweries. #brilliant

The Ale Trail bike (sober person steers, drunks peddle) to 10 breweries. #brilliant

Tumalo Falls!

Tumalo Falls!

I am seriously in love with this town and surrounding areas – it has everything! Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, drinking (that should probably be first), great eats, quality of life, affordable housing. Check!

Downtown Bend is so cute!

Downtown Bend is so cute!

We’re looking for 5 acres for our chicken coop, alpaca/goat herd, and dogs. And of course a garage that will fit our new Earth Cruiser Fuso. Yep, I’ve officially lost my mind! P.S. Pot is legal here as of October 1st, so we could be growers too! 🙂

Smith Rock State Park – one of my most favorite places ever. The views here are incredible! It’s like being in Utah with the rock formations and colors. I could stay here forever…

Smith Rock. Need I say more?!

Smith Rock. Need I say more?!

More views. Climbers here are amazing...

More views. Climbers here are amazing…

I like this view too... :-)

I like this view too… 🙂

Newberry Volcano Caves  – another cool spot right outside of Bend. There’s a mile-long volcanic cave that is unbelievable. The volcanic history here is really cool!

Lava River Cave, Newberry National Monument

Lava River Cave, Newberry National Monument

Lave Butte. Cool hike!

Lave Butte. Cool hike!

Breweries, Breweries, Breweries! I can’t even count how many breweries we’ve found here, and most of them are seriously fantastic – cool vibe, great beer, good food. Temptation everywhere! If we did move here, I might never see Martin again… 😉

Our brewery sticker collection. #greatbeer

Our brewery sticker collection. #challengeaccepted

Crux Fermentation Project - one of our faves!

Crux Fermentation Project – one of our faves!

Worthy Brewery. Worth going!

Worthy Brewery. Worth going!

McMenamins...our last hurrah! #oldschool

McMenamins…our last hurrah! #oldschool

Boneyard Brewery. Simple place, but awesome beer!

Boneyard Brewery. Simple place, but awesome beer!

Special thanks to Chuck & Sue for giving us a place to stay for a few days – what a treat!

The big question remains: will my favorite jeans still fit when I get home? And where the hell ARE my favorite jeans, anyway?

2 thoughts on “Bend…Love!

  1. A really good friend of mine & his wife bought a place in Bend a few years ago before the annoying folks from CA jacked up prices (they helped w/that…). Earlier this summer they finally pulled the trigger – sold their house in Fremont and moved their family up to Bend. According to Facebook and Strava (think of Facebook for cyclists) they’re totally loving it – Bend seems to have a good balance of city/forest/activities/being in the middle of nowhere.

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