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A Trip to Cental Oregon

Posted Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2011 at 5:56am

It all started with a Living Social coupon for two nights at the Lodge at Suttle Lake. I couldn't resist the bargain with all the extras - champagne, boat rental, wine social, jacuzzi. My dear friend Christina agreed to join me and we set off to discover what Central Oregon had to offer. I know the northern coast of Oregon, and some of the desert towns but I had never been to Sisters or Bend.

Here is a photo from Lebanon, Oregon, on our way to Suttle Lake:

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Here is Christina enjoying the free boat rental with me:

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Here is a lovely Echinacea I found in front of the lodge:

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On our second day we went off to introduce me to Sisters and Bend. You'll never guess what we found in Bend: OCCUPY BEND! We immediately jumped in and started marching:

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Here is an example of the hippie riff raff we found there...

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Some striking colors in front of the McMenamins in Bend:

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From Bend, we took off around Mt. Adams and went to see Spark's Lake where I took this much too conventional photo:

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And found this little friend among the lava...

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The grounds around the Lodge at Suttle Lake were really beautiful and very well kept. This was the funkiest thing I could find:

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Here are two pictures I took from the middle of the lake:

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It was so wonderful to see the fall colors - we picked just the right weekend.

The area around Suttle Lake had experienced a forest fire within the past few years. Here you can see the fall colors through the burned trees. I took this pic from the car:

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So we took off on our way back to Portland. Christina wanted to go home the long way via the McKenzie River Valley. Wow. Were we in for some beauty. Our first stop was the incredible Clear Lake:

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Here I am being wowed (photo by Christina):

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I took some amazing water photos of this turquoise wonder. (I usually do not put my art photos on Flickr and Facebook because they can be stolen - let me know if you would like to see some of my artier and more abstract - photos)

Then Christina and I boogied on down the road to Sahalie and Koosha Falls.

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Here is a close-up of the waterfalls:

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Some leaves on a cool piece of wood:

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Here is a little log that needed a stair system to get over it:

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That is the Pacific Northwest for you!

Speaking of which, we ventured on to Cougar Hotsprings:

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And then a stop at a farm stand:

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It was an incredible trip and I feel like I know my adopted state a little bit better.

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  1. Bepawo Wrote on Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2011 at 8:01am

    I've been to most of those places but only very briefly in my many years of life here in Oregon. I never can get enough of the thrill of the natural beauty we have here - mainly because I hate to go where I know I might run into others who might not appreciate as much as I do...like those who do pillaging rather than preserving our natural wonders. Your sharing of your photo album shows me that your just the type of person I would never mind sharing the trails with... So glad you and Christina had such a great opportunity and really could appreciate it so well! Thanks again for sharing, Sara!

  2. Julianna Wrote on Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2011 at 5:38pm

    I like your "conventional" photo! and I believe your echinacea may actually be bee balm. I looked into moving to Bend - the amount of sunny days they have yearly is something like 300!

  3. Sally Wrote on Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011 at 3:17pm

    I agree with Julianna, its a bee balm. And Mt Adams is in Washington, maybe you drove around Bachelor or Jefferson? Did you go to Smith Rock? Wonderful place for photos at dusk... I love Bend. I am planning to move there in the next few years, already looking at real estate. Ive not heard of Suttle Lake Lodge. Would you recommend it?

  4. Sara Wrote on Friday, Oct 28th, 2011 at 2:41am

    Ah Sally, you and Julianna are right - it is bee balm. And It must have been Mt. Bachelor. Suttle Lake Lodge was amazing although it had the ugliest doors (carved with an Indian motif, very three dimensional) I have ever seen! Quite wonderful besides that.

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