Thursday evening Julie and her husband Dick, had us over for dinner. We gorged ourselves on old fashioned Bar-B-Q hamburgers with all of the trimmings, veggies, potato salad, and homemade apple pie. Ymmm. Julie and I were neighbors growing up. She only lived a few doors up from me and we both graduated form the same high school and the same year. What a treat to catch up with an old friend. She and her husband have lived in the area for over 30 years and have a darling house on the river. It was soooo good to see her and catch up.
The next morning got an early start and headed over to Smith Rock to work off some of the past evenings guilt. Smith Rock is an impressive rock formation and a popular spot for rock climbers. Since we got an early start the crowds were not too bad and there were still some climbers on the walls. Generally, the climbers get a very early start because the walls get too hot to climb.
The first glimpse of the trail was a little intimidating. The trail zig zags up the side of the mountain and continues up and over to make a loop. Well...Joel really doesn't like hills and I decided I would like to get off the trail before dark, so we took the lower Canyon Trail as an out and back, which was just as beautiful. Also, the sky was extremely hazy and I couldn't see any of the surrounding mountains or vistas on our drive over. The whole point of gaining all that elevation would be to be rewarded with the beautiful vistas, right? So without the promise of vistas we decided to take the Canyon Trail. The Canyon Trail follows the Deschutes river and eventually connects with the original "Misery" trail near Monkey Face.
We took the lower trail which follows the river, which was very peaceful and fairly flat.
We did get to the Elks club in time to clean up and head over to the Bend Brew Fest. Look at all those Port A Potties! The event was held in the amphitheater across from the Old Mill District.
Whew. What a busy day!
Saturday we made our Costco and grocery runs as we will be heading out towards North East Oregon on Sunday.