So I flew from my home to Bend to visit my cousin and his family two weeks ago….I never expected it to be an experience that I will not only never forget, but hope to enjoy again the near future.
From walking through lava fields and lava tubes, to hiking all over the Cascades (I only ended up making it 16 miles….must go back!) and spending time in a fantastic downtown — Bend is truly one of the most complete places I have ever visited. I can see why so many people are willing to uproot everything (and sometimes risk a lot too…) in order to spend the rest of their lives there. I may follow that lead…
Throughout the Cascades there are well marked Trail Heads, many of which lead around dozens of different lakes scattered around the mountains. Each lake is different, but each are beautiful, serene, amazingly quiet, and unique. The hikes around the lakes range from 1.5-12 miles (at least the ones I saw), and go from the very family-friendly and easy to moderately difficult, and everything in between. If you want really good maps and ideas of what to do and see when you go to Bend, visit the Visitor and Convention Bureau downtown. They have a complete array of maps and details of where to find whatever it is you are looking for, guaranteed, and like the rest of the town, the people are amazingly welcoming and nice!
This is a picture of the Deschutes River, which runs through downtown Bend from high up in the Cascades… I found it amazing just how far it ran, especially when I would be hiking around and would see it. Beautiful.
The first place my cousin showed me was the Lava Field, and the Lava Tube. The lava pictured below flowed out the side of a mountain over 6,000 years ago!
This is from the inside of the lava tube. The tube keeps a relatively consistent temperature of 40 degrees. It is so dark that you have to either rent a lantern or take a flash light, but it is worth it and so cool! The lava tubes are formed when lava is flowing and the outside begins to cool while the inside keeps moving, eventually leaving behind an empty lava tube!
The following are additional pictures from my journey:
The Cascade Mountain Range:
Me at Devil’s Lake
My cousin and his family showed me a fantastic time, and a way of living that I was not sure existed….it proves that you can have a balance between work and family and being active. I had so much fun, and I give thanks to my cousin and his family for allowing me to experience the beauty and fun activity in Bend! Thank you!
I hope you enjoyed my pictures and short overview on Bend, Oregon! I would highly recommend visiting there, as I have yet to find a place on earth quite like it. Visit, talk to the people, and I guarantee you will love it.