Our recent visit to Bend was at the tail end of a very long road trip covering 5 states in only 9 days. It was more than a week of very intense, fast travel. Before heading all the way home, we decided to slow down and relax a bit in the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon. Here’s how we spent our time.
Guest blogger (and brilliant husband to Erin) has provided us with this kick-ass Summer Road Trip Playlist. It's got a little bit of everything, and every bit will help you ease on down the road this Summer to your favorite destinations. "This is a summer road trip playlist. I guess you can take a road trip in the winter. But that would require a winter playlist. Which this is not." -Mike O.
Sometimes instead of driving for hours upon hours and hiking up a mountain, you just want to simply chillax outdoors in a beautiful location. Queue Trillium Lake! If you grew up anywhere near Portland, you're probably familiar with this location. It's not exactly a secluded location, so if you're looking for privacy, keep driving. But if strolling and picnicking are your jam, read on my friends.
Long weekends call for long hikes! At least, for me they do. Considering we saw NO other hikers on our 8 mile trek at Gales Creek on Memorial Day, I can only assume most people chose to eat and drink all day instead. Their loss! We loved having the forest to ourselves.
The hike to Warrior Point Lighthouse on Sauvie Island is a beautiful, dog-friendly flat trail with views of Mt. St. Helens and the mighty Columbia River. Here's everything you need to know about parking, permits, what to pack, and what to expect on this 7-mile roundtrip hiking trail just a few minutes outside of downtown Portland.