From the Road

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 banks of the Metolius River in Lower Bridge Campground next to Forest Service Bridge 99. Bridge 99 Br...

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After a month of dry camping in the desert, it's sweet to be back in trees. The campground is tucked in a grove of Jeffrey Pine Trees & is easy walking distance to Mammoth Lakes.

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Top Photo: Stairs to the beach!

"Oh boy, back in our coach and at one of favorite destinations: the Oregon Coast in the fall. First stop is Tillicum Beach Campground."

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Top Photo: Tillicum Beach Campground offers sites with fantastic views!

"Thirty-one miles driving day. Landed at a Forest Service campground that we wanted to check out for a couple of years and scored a fantastic site overlooking the Ocean."

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We enjoy hiking and Bend offers plenty of options. We will add our hikes to this section and will first start out with the South Sister hike.

South Sister Trail

Friday's hike (Sept. 16th) was tad more challenging to say the least, if not just down right difficult. But we did cover the twelve mil...

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We were hesitant to move on a Friday without reservations. But sometime you just gotta... "Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape" - Guy Clark.

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Top photo: Nearby Blue Lake.

Our goal for today was to escape from the smoke that was being created by the Pioneer fire. Sadly, we had to keep moving though some absolutely beautiful areas & nice campgrounds.

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The 1st campground we stopped at was a dust bowl. We thought about spending the night, but decided to push on. The next one down the road was a winner — paved road & sites. Nice!

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"The decision to leave a day early from our previous campground was a wise move. We came up with a very spacious & private campsite at Scout Mountain just south of Pocatello, ID."

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We're not crazy about this campground — it has a ridden hard & put up wet feel. We paid for two nights, but think we'll cut our losses & move on in the morning.

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Playing tourist we did a little campground reconnaissance & found this site – very spacious with a knock-out view through the Ponderosa pines. We just had to take it.

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Our sort of day, only 55 miles of driving in which we moved from the desert floor up to the trees again. We're tucked in on a spacious site amongst the aspens and lodgepole pines.

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