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Beautiful Bend – Again!

“I am living out my adolescent dream of travel and adventure.”   T. Cahill

For the past two days we’ve explored more of Bend, Oregon with our good friends Jane and Bob, who joined us from their San Francisco summer home.

NOT SO WILD HORSES AND THE SISTERS MOUNTAINS
NOT SO WILD HORSES AT THE SISTERS MOUNTAINS

We celebrated Bob’s birthday with a bit of a Kiawah reunion at Elevation, an excellent restaurant run by the students at the Cascade Culinary Institute.  During the day, we hiked the famous Smith Rock, home to some very adventurous rock climbers.

REFLECTIONS, SMITH ROCK
REFLECTIONS, SMITH ROCK
BETTER YOU THAN ME, SMITH ROCK
BETTER YOU THAN ME, SMITH ROCK

We drove the gorge at Bowman’s Dam and then played golf at Brasada Ranch Resort, where the mountains were beautiful to see and difficult to putt :-).  We also enjoyed a terrific meal at Zydeco here in town.  All in all, a wonderful few days made better by the company of good friends.

In closing, here are some additional scenes of our adventures in Bend.

ONE OF BEND'S MANY WATERFALLS
TUMALO WATERFALL
RAFTING THE DESCHUTES RIVER
RAFTING THE DESCHUTES RIVER
CRAZY RAFTER, DESCHUTES RIVER
CRAZY RAFTER, DESCHUTES
DESCHUTES CLASS IV RAPIDS, DONNA'S NIGHTMARE
DESCHUTES CLASS IV RAPIDS, DONNA’S WORST NIGHTMARE
HANGING JUNIPER
HANGING JUNIPER BRANCHES
DILLON FALLS
DILLON FALLS
OLD GROWTH JUNIPER
OLD GROWTH JUNIPER
ABSTRACT, OLD GROWTH JUNIPER
ABSTRACT, OLD GROWTH JUNIPER

That’s it for now; see you next time!

I SEE YOU SEEING ME
I SEE YOU SEEING ME

Note:  All photos taken with Nikon D/300s

  1. Not So Wild Horses:  Nikkor 18-200mm @40mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/160
  2. Reflections, Smith Rock:  Nikkor 18-200mm @20mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/320
  3. Better You Than Me:  Nikkor 18-200mm @ 95mm, ISO 200,, f/11, 1/20
  4. Tumalo Waterfall:  Nikkor 18-200mm @170mm, ISO 100, f/25, 1/5
  5. Rafting the Deschutes River: Nikkor 18-200mm @32mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/60
  6. Crazy Deschutes Rafter:  Nikkor 18-200mm @105mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80
  7. Class IV Rapids, Deschutes:  Nikkor 18-200mm @18mm, ISO 100, f/22, 1/20
  8. Hanging Juniper Branches:  Nikkor 18-200mm @80mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/20
  9. Dillon Falls: Nikkor 18-200mm@34mm, ISO 100, f/29, 1/20
  10. Old Growth Junipers: Nikkor 18-200@18mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/50
  11. Abstract, Old Growth Junipers:  Nikkor 18-200 @34mm, ISO 100, f/22, 2 sec
  12. I See You Seeing Me:  Nikkor 18-200 @50mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/200
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