Benham Falls, Trail of the Molten Land, Trail of the Whispering Pines (Newberry National Volcanic Monument)

8/25/15 (Tuesday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

Lazy morning with french toast then later we both played with the Wii exercises. You can smell the smoke, but it’s not terrible to breathe.

We took off to hike some trails today (near Lava Lands Visitor Center). Our water carriers worked well (ChicoBag).  Note: since these all are part of USFS so you’ll need you receipt in the car ($5/day each car or Senior Pass)

Benham Falls (on Deschutes River)-not quite the waterfalls we’d envisioned, more a cascade.  They created a log jam (first photo), tying the logs together to hold it, in order to catch debris that might damage the pilings.  Now the silt has allowed lovely wildflowers to grow there.  Bird is Stellar’s Jay.

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Trail of the Molten Land-hot (85 degree day), but the wind made our trek bearable. More interesting than we’d thought it would be.  That tall “hill” is Lava Butte.  You can only reach the top via the USFS shuttle, which you can see (if you enlarge the photo) in photo #4.  This Molten Land trail gave us a pretty high viewpoint to enjoy, for free.

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Trail of the Whispering Pines-the perfect cool, quiet short stroll that we needed after our Molten Land hike.

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Before our dinner we searched high and low for our laundry quarters. It’s been a really long time since we’ve needed to use the campground laundry. Never did find them. Sigh. We played cards for a change after supper. I won both games. Shock!! I’m afraid all my good luck may have been squandered now….


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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