July 13, 2017
We left bright and early from The Dalles as promised.
My oh my how the landscape changed...
It was a decent drive from The Dalles to Bend.
What a difference a day makes.
I'm officially in love with Bend.
I'm going back to Bend.
I don't know when, but it's happening.
Bend and I are BFF now.
I saw a truck with a sticker on the back that read, "Bend sucks, don't move there."
I get it dude.
I had on our agenda to get to Bend early so that we could rent tubes and float down the river.
This was what I imagined because I saw all the cool ads from Sun Country River Tours:
This is their pic.
Unfortunately, when we drove across the bridge Macy saw the one part of the route that I had already known was there based on this map:
You can choose to go the Passageway Channel, or get up and walk around it. Macy couldn't quite wrap her mind around that...all she could picture was this:
At that point, there was no convincing her, and I didn't want her to feel pressured to do it from the rest of us. So we spent our morning walking the riverfront.
There are lots of food options along the river walk in the Old Mill District.
We stopped at Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria.
They offer a you pick two.
Everything we ordered was delicious.
As we walked back to our parked car, Macy determined that after walking the Deschutes River, she could be agreeable next time to take the plunge.
We immediately started checking nearby places to stay for an extended vacation here next time.
Bend, we are coming back for you!
We checked in to another Motel 6, and it was so much nicer.
Again, kind people working there, pool at the "resort" for my Z....
Bend, we love you.
We got ourselves settled into our room and jetted off in a small little shopping district.
You could easily stay here ALL day.
Macy and I loved this store, Junque in Bloom.
Here is our favorite among favorites.
While Steve and Z chilled on the patio, Macy and I explored some nearby shops.
This is called the Workhouse.
This is what their website says about their space.
"As a micro-model for a global movement toward sustainability, The Workhouse promotes the values of grassroots craft culture by engaging in a constructive, viable, and creative economy. Our focus is on high-quality, locally-made, sustainable art that offers diverse options for conscientious buyers. We aim to demystify the art-making process through interaction with our studio artists and workshops. We are a platform for local artists to get back to work: we operate as a place of exchange between artists and their community, providing a retail gallery, on-site studios, events and educational programming for Bend and Central Oregon."
You can walk around and watch the artists themselves in their maker space creating their wares.
We were happy to purchase some trinkets as a souvenir of our trip.
I bought a sweet little handmade necklace by Ashley Scholtes "Mitch Jewelry", and Macy used her spending money to get a planner for school from Katie Daisy.
Cindrcone Clay Center where I purchased some super cool handmade clay pots and saucers.
Visiting art spaces like this one makes me wish I had paid better attention in art while I was in high school.
If I lived here, I would absolutely sign up for their workshops and spend much of my free time in this inspiring space. Plus, The Sparrow Bakery is right there so I would easily get my fill of Cardamon Lattes.
Bend, all the heart eyes. Seriously.
The kids are getting really good at spotting hidden hearts.
The snowmelt was pretty cold headed into the lake!
Dang that wildflower is in the way.
A small drive up the road leads you to Sparks Lake.
Much bigger in size and more people using it to swim, canoe, and paddle board.
I was pretty cold.
We finally got to use our beach chairs for something other than a parking lot pizza picnic.
It was getting late and we had promised Z some pool time before the pool was going to close so we stopped for dinner at Spork.
This was easily one of my favorite restaurants on our entire trip.
They don't take reservations, and you will stand in a realllllly long line to order your food.
There is no saving seats.
You cannot sit down until you have ordered, and then you just cross your fingers that something opens up for you once you've ordered.
We hit the jackpot and were lucky to sit in a booth. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.
Thai Steak Salad: grilled bavette steak + greens + cabbage + bean sprouts + herbs + fried shallot + toasted coconut + nam-jim sweet-spicy tart tamarind dressing
Kids Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
Korean BBQ Short Ribs: gochujang marinated grilled short rib + fried organic egg + Kimchi + jasmine rice + fried nori + bean sprouts + sweet soy + green onions + toasted sesame seeds
Burmese Fried Cheese
Grilled Sweet Corn
Kelapa Juice: coconut water + lime + cardamon syrup + pineapple juice
If you go...you MUST order a Kelapa juice and grilled sweet corn.
Geez Bend, as if you didn't already have my heart?
So guy with the Bend sticker that explains how bad your town sucks.
I'm never coming back.
I clearly had the WORST day EVER.