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BEAUTIFUL & ADVENTUROUS CENTRAL OREGON
ON OVERVIEW TO GET STARTED:
Alaska Air zips into Portland ...
A prop takes over @ PDX and you're in Redmond about 30 minutes later.
The aroma of Central Oregon is noticeable, but not easily described ... musk, pine, sage, volcanic rock? And it was hot. This is high desert country, and with a car, nearby Sisters, Black Butte, Metolius River, Bend, Sunriver, the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, and the McKenzie-Santiam Pass are all within easy reach.
Central Oregon gives all the pretty views of the Cascade Mountain Range. Evidence of many of the eruptive giants remains in the area. Check out this guy just hanging out along highway 97.
Selecting my 2 activities was a bit more difficult, but I opted for a guided kayaking experience with Lance on the Deschutes River and a cooking class with Chef Bette of The Well Traveled Fork in Bend. After that, I filled in the gaps for a jam-packed ACTIVE TO DO list that took me to the Newberry National Monument (celebrating its 25th), Paulina Peak and Falls, Benham Falls, Bend, Sisters, The McKenzie Pass, Dee Wright Observatory, and The Metolius River-Camp Sherman.
Who knew that there would be so much to experience in Central Oregon? It seemed that at each destination, the woods, the water, the mountains, the trees felt and smelled like they were part of only that particular place. A few more miles? Also different - another sense of place and peace - but nothing prepared me for driving in the middle of a lava flow towering over my car. It came out of nowhere with a weather change along with it.
And what about the sleepy Deschutes, where I'd kayaked next to soft marsh grasses, suddenly becoming a roaring and spitting class 6 rapids at Benham Falls, soft marsh grasses now high jagged rock walls?
The mountains - volcanoes and cinder cones everywhere - filling the skyline. Fresh air. The Metolius River, picturesque, almost untouched.
And the creatures! Osprey flying overhead carrying fish ... hawks, eagles, blue heron, swans, geese, beavers, deer! All of this and I'd not even been to town.
There must be something the volcanic basalt does to the water here, because the coffee at Strictly Organic in the Old Mill District is as delicious as the beer. And speaking of organic, the farm-to-table and sustainable consciousness in this area is a given. Just take a look at my shots of the downtown Bend Farmer's Market. Here's a teaser.
Wanna See More DETAIL & Read My Central Oregon Newsletter Diary?
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES AND LINKS:
Pages 6 - 9
Arrive Central Oregon Redmond Airport
Alaska Air & Car Rental Tips
Volcano Vineyards Wine Tasting
Bend Trader Joe's
Pool & Hot Tub @ The Cove
Pages 9 - 11
Sunriver Guided Kayaking on the Deschutes
Sage Springs Spa @ Sunriver
Pages 11 - 15
Off-Trail to Benham Falls
Sage Springs Spa & Sunriver
Pages 16 - 31
The Well Traveled Fork Cooking Class
Pages 32 - 48
Pages 49 - 53
Departure for LA
It's Me Heather Lea Blog Begins