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