Can’t believe it’s been five months since we’ve posted anything on our blog! Once again, life has pulled us in a different direction than we planned. Our house projects and maintenance have turned into larger efforts than we thought, and have kept us in Bend most of the winter/spring. I haven’t been doing any posting on this blog because we haven’t been doing any boating activities in the past few months, and for that matter, we still haven’t figured out boating plans for this summer!
But it’s way past time to get activity going on this blog again. So thought I’d do some catch-up and share our activities since our last post in December…even if the activities aren’t about boating adventures! And since a lot of my time recently has been spent learning more advanced photography skills, I’ll enjoy sharing some of my favorite photos from our recent activities.
January was relatively dry in Central Oregon, and we enjoyed getting out on a few lower elevation hiking excursions. The trails along the Deschutes River are nearby and offer several choices for hikes. A visit to Dillon Falls in early January was our favorite.
In February, we started to see more snow in Central Oregon. It was a great time to get out our snowshoes and head for the mountains. We picked a snowy day for a 5-mile round-trip trek from the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center to Todd Lake and back.
In March, we visited two of our favorite places: Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and Smith Rock State Park. We had good weather for both hikes and really enjoyed some of Central Oregon’s spectacular scenery.
We also made a trip to Anacortes in late March for a family memorial in Seattle, and stayed on our boat at Anacortes Marina for about 10 days. It gave us a chance to check things on the boat and visit with several friends in the area.
We did more hiking in April, including hikes in Bend’s Shevlin Park in the snow, and another visit to the Deschutes River Trail near Dillon Falls.
In late April we headed back to Anacortes. We didn’t think we’d be returning to the boat so soon and without cruising plans, but three events drew us back to the area, where we once again stayed on our boat at Anacortes Marina for about 10 days.
First event: a photography workshop. I signed up for a photography workshop in Seattle led by Art Wolfe, from the public television show Art Wolfe’s Travels To The Edge. I couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity to learn from one of the best landscape and wildlife photographers in the world.
Second event: see a play. We were lucky to get tickets for a performance of the Anacortes Community Theatre’s production of Les Miserables. The entire run was sold out, but they added a couple of performances, and we were able to get seats. It was terrific.
Third event: Tulips! We were able to be in the area and spend a couple of days visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival while the tulips were still in bloom. Got some great photos!
So now it’s May. We’re continuing with our house projects, and doing work in the yard too. We’ve also continued to get out for local hikes. So far, the highlight has been a trip west of the mountains to Silverton, OR, where we spent 5 hours hiking at Silver Falls State Park, and enjoyed 7 of the 10 magnificent waterfalls.
It was nice to visit at this time of year, because Silver Creek was running full due to spring runoff in the Cascade Mountains, and we also enjoyed a sunny day with unseasonably warm temps in the 90s. It was a rather long day, however, because we had a 3-hour drive each way…but it was worth it to spend time in such a gorgeous park.
We’ll get our boating act together again soon, and will be back with more posts to this blog when we have news.