Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final Stop -- Bend, Oregon

Our final stop on the tour was to Bend, OR.  I was hoping on our way from Portland to Bend that we could stop by Salem and McMinnvillee and show the girls where we used to live and work, but didn't have enough time.
We started slowly making our way higher and higher and finally Mt. Bachelor
came into view.
We made it to Bend and got all unpacked. We were staying at my Uncle Carl's
house there and it was so nice.
We just hung out and chatted with everyone and then us ladies
went to downtown Bend to shop and look around.
We played bingo and ate a lot of ice cream :)
The next day, we took some family pictures.
All the photographers.

Uncle Carl and Aunt Tami had to go, and then the rest of us drove
to Mount Bachelor.
We took the ski lift up to the top to check out the view and have some
lunch. We got to play in the snow for a minute too.

On the Fourth of July we went to the annual pet parade that is held in downtown Bend.
I loved it! The girls loved it too. We all thought it was great. Then we went to a park and
walked around a festival .
Our first date was on the 4th of July.
The rest of the 4th we just hung around the house. Grilled out and waited
for it to get dark. We drove to a parking lot to watch a fireworks show
that the city puts on.
Waiting for dark.
We all floated the Deschutes River. It was so much fun, but took quite
a lot of effort to get the inner tubes because it was just so busy.
I didn't take my camera because, Water, but it was a fun day.
We spent our last full day in Bend at the Museum.
It was a great place to visit. We spent all day there.
And then some random pictures of the town and neighbor hood and sunsets
and sunrises and flowers.
So many round-abouts in Bend!!
Our flight home was delayed in leaving Bend by two hours.
We then landed in Salt Lake City and ran our legs off to make
the connection to Atlanta.
We landed in ATL and all the luggage made it!
Went to pick up our car and get home. It was 1;30 ish
before we got to bed.

A really fun and interesting trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Travelling takes time and effort and money. But it is worth it.
To show our kids and ourselves other places and people is always
a good idea.

Also, it is good to be home!!

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