Well, when we left on vacation I had every intention of continuing to blog nearly every day. After all, I’ve had wonderful internet connection, and plenty to blog about. But it’s been one thing after another.
Either I didn’t have a photo I needed to help tell the story…
Wait. You know what? I have excuses, but the bottom line is, I had other things I wanted to do, so I did them instead. I DID miss you guys, and I talked to you a lot in my head. I just couldn’t seem to get my thoughts on to the computer.
So. Last day of vacation, and I’m back. I have lots to catch you up on, and after a few hours of feeling a little pissy that it’s time to go home, I’m actually starting to get just a little excited about getting home and getting back into the swing of things!
For those of you who don’t know, we’ve been vacationing in Sunriver, just south of Bend in central Oregon for the last three weeks. It’s a resort with a blend of year ’round residents and vacation homes/condos and a lodge or two. There are 33 miles of walking/bicycling trails, a marina, airport, stables, aquatic park, a nature center and observatory, and a shopping village. The Deschutes River runs right through it.
We used to come here with our two kids when they were children, and have many fond memories of the area, and were anxious to come again with their kids. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 25 years since we were last here! We’d planned on it being all ten of us, but life happens, and it ended up to be a party of 5 for all but a few days, when our son-in-law joined us.
Back in the day we rented a small condo, but this time we got a large house, big enough for all of us with plenty of room to keep from being on top of each other all the time.
It is nicely appointed with lots of bikes to choose from, passes to the aquatic park, and everything we could possible need in the kitchen. We brought lots of stuff we didn’t need to bring. We’re taking notes for next time!
The 1st 10 days we had nice mornings and thunderstorms every afternoon, and from then on the weather was perfect. We had a nice range of activities ranging from bike rides and walks to white water rafting, paddle boarding, shopping, eating, hiking, playing games, watching movies, and of course (much to the kids displeasure) workbooks and journals. And of course there was a trip to the Deschutes Brewery and Atlas Cider Co. You have to check out where your adult beverages are coming from! Mr. Tattered and the daughter are fans of Black Butte Porter, and I (well, ADORE is probably too strong of a word…) am quite fond of blackberry cider. One of our last stops was to stock up on both. I mean, who knows how long it will be before we get to partake again!
Rather than a blow by blow of everything we did, I’ll show you a few pictures to give you a flavor of the area. Enjoy!
It’s really a beautiful area, and we barely scratched the surface of all there is to do. We’re already looking forward to our next visit!