From the Road & More

Above Photo: View from Nordeen Shelter.

We love to snowshoe & cross-country ski (on non-groomed trails, of course) in the area. Below are photos & maps of the places we frequent.

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Although we are traveling less, we're once again continuing with our traditional Christmas Postcard. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and festivities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. ~ Rob't & Diana

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Above Photo: Late afternoon view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Above photo: The Siuslaw River as it flows between the north and south jetties.

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Remember way back when you were in school, and your summer vacation was over? It seems that each year a teacher would request that you write a report on “What did you do on your summer vacation?” It has been an extremely long time since those days, but maybe it’s time for another one of those report...

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Our mini spring road trip's objective was to visit four Oregon State Parks that were new to us in eastern Oregon, none of which take reservations. Yeah — mission accomplished!

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Above Photo: The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day is well worth the visit. We didn't have a chance to see it this time around but did visit it previously.

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Above Photo: Observed on the banks of Camas Creek.

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Spacious campsites at Catherine Creek.

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Above Photo: Sunset at Unity Lake.

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Above Photo: A view from the remaining upper pond at Bates State Park. The lower pond was filled in when the lumber mill was demolished.

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Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We continue to enjoy life in Bend — there’s always something going on. And of course, we still like hitting the road when we can. - Rob't & Diana

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This State Park located on the John Day River has been on our bucket list for some time. This former working ranch is the second largest & newest park in the Oregon Park system. (note: newest park that offers camping).

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Top Pic: Forest Service Bridge 99 over the Metolius River. Fishing upstream of this bridge is fly fishing only — downstream from the bridge is fly fishing & lures.

We found a cool campsite on the Metolius River banks in Lower Bridge Campground next to Forest Service Bridge 99. Bridge 99 Brewery...

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To conclude Labor Day weekend, we headed over to Dry River Canyon (about 16 miles east of Bend) for an afternoon hike. It’s located just outside the boundary of Oregon Badlands Wilderness. The canyon is closed to visitors from Feb 1st to Aug 31st to protect nesting birds of prey. It was an enjoyable...

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We took a drive up to Three Creeks Lake, Just north of Sisters, to check out the campgrounds today. We happened upon the Tam McArthur Rim trail and decided to take a hike. It was a great trail with lots of eye candy.

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Steelhead Falls, which is included in the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area, was on today's books.

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The Old McKenzie Highway opened on Monday after the Milli/ Separation fires & winter closure. This sounded like a good excuse for a little auto touring. It was interesting to see the fire areas as they backed up to the lava flows. We decided to drive the whole loop around Mt Washington and, in the...

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