A fire burning up the SW side of South Sister led to a change in our plans to climb it. With our weekend already planned for Bend we went to play tourist instead of climbers. Lori, Becky and I managed to cram in a lot of sites in a short weekend. We left Portland around 1 pm heading for Bend. On the way we stopped to see the Museum at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Crooked River Canyon view area and a visit to Smith Rocks to see the rock climbers. Once in Bend we check in to our motel and found a river side restaurant where we could listen to the concert at the local amphitheater. Then to bed for an early start on our main tourist day.
Up early we head down to see the old part of Bend. We walk around Mirror Pond and the old downtown area. We then headed south to the High Desert Museum. Way more there then we had time for but we covered a lot of. Then it was off to the Lava Lands. We did a quick pass through the info center and headed out for a mile long walk in the lava field. Next was up to the top of Lava Butte for a 360 of the area. Smoke from the forest fires kept us from seeing to far. So from our high point we went to our low point for a mile long walk underground in the Lava River Cave one of many lava tubes in the area. After all of this we were ready for a beer and found our way to Bone Yard Brewing. This place was a pleasant surprise. We did dinner at Deschutes Brewery pub. Back to the motel for a soak in the hot and a swim and then to bed.
The next morning we were up early and heading back to Portland. On route we stopped to walk around Sister and take in the town. Then off to see the head waters of the Metolius River, Wizard Fall Fish Hatchery and Camp Sherman – all in the same area. As we got close to Portland we stop to see the only Frank Loyd Wright house in Oregon and stroll the Oregon Garden. Our final leg took us to see that Dahlias at Swan Island Dahlias and to ride the Canby ferry across the Willamette. We take our playing tourist seriously.