Monday, April 8, 2013

A Visit to Bend

Mt. Bachelor chair lift
 John and I enjoy visiting Bend and we had occasion to make a trip recently and stay overnight for a little mini vacation. We took a trip up to Mt. Bachelor which is not even half and hour to the west of Bend. The town actually sits smack up against the Cascades and the Three Sisters. It was the week of spring break but the fog over the mountain did not deter skiers. There was a steady stream of cars going up the mountain. The parking lot guide said they ski on the mountain from Thanksgiving to Memorial Day.  On the way back down the mountain we stopped at an over look.  In the distance was the Newberry Crater, a dormant volcano. There is also a long black strip of lava flow in the distance which didn't come out in these photos.  The pine forests are spectacular. Hiking is great around Bend as is fishing and camping. The Newberry Crater is on our list of things to do in Bend.  We're waiting for the weather to get a little warmer.  There wasn't any snow in Bend and the weather was seasonably mild. 
Fog over Mt. Bachelor from parking lot

Easy way to get to the slopes from Bend.

Looking toward Newberry Crater
John takes a walk in the pines.
A place to sit and commune with Nature.

Same view more pines toward Newberry.

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