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June 13, 2006

Bend weekend

On Saturday Scott and I headed down to Bend for the weekend. What a change of scenery just a few hours out of town. In fact as soon as you're driving down the east side of Mt. Hood you're in a high desert that few associate with Oregon that have only visited the Willamette Valley and coast. Saturday evening we went to Big Eddy along the Deschutes river where Scott fished and I wandered about with my camera, wrote in my journal and read my book. That night we camped in the surrounding National Forest and Sunday morning we showed up for the Dirty Half marathon that I think should be called the Dusty Half. It was a fun race that sold out at 500 participants and attracted a lot of the semi-professional and professional outdoor recreaters that have congregated in Bend. Bend is amazing in that twenty to thirty minutes out of town you can mountain bike, cross-country ski, kayak, downhill ski, rock climb, fly fish, trail run and more I'm sure at amazing places. The run was a little tough for me since it was much drier and warmer than I'm used to around the Portland area. Great post-race goodies including beer from Deschutes Brewery. Who's in for next year?
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Posted by Dave at 08:27 AM