Well, things are definately looking up on the getting around and about in this place!! I went to Bend, Oregon this weekend for a wedding!! Lisa, Gretchen & myself left Richland on Friday lunchtime by car, and arrived in Bend at around 6pm... The drive took us across into Oregon State along the Colombia River ~ which is one of the 'hottest' wind surfing spots in the world (so I'm told), and I can believe that, because the wind sure was pumping along there!! So, this river is HUGE, and the mountains on the Washington side of the river are really quite impressive!! The landscape is pretty much farmland, with 100's tumble-weed all over the place ~ pretty dry at this time of the year, despite the snow!!
So, we met up with Mike in Bend, who had driven down from Seattle. We were guests of Anna & Jake Schep, very old family friends of Mikes. What a lovely couple ~ really made us feel at home in their beautiful home on a 3 acre plot on the Deschutes River. Bend is quite a more lively city than the Tricities (LOL)!! Anna was telling us there has been what they call a bit of a California Injection into the town over the last couple of years ~ by that she is referring to the women all being surgically modified ~ anyway, the town is quite pretty. The buildings aren't allowed to be higher than 3 stories, and the buildings are all quite quaint, and the shops all look like little houses down the main street.
So, we had a lovely dinner with Anna & Jake at their home on Friday night. Saturday, Anna took Lisa, Gretchen & I downtown for a little sightseeing. We walked around the streets & shops, had lunch at a "New York" Diner, then had to head back home and get dollied up for the wedding (the reason we were there in the first place).
Krista & Jake's wedding (www.polviwedding.com) was held at Sunriver resort (www.sunriver-resort.com), about 15kms south of Bend. What a beautiful setting. We had a really great time, lots of laughing, drinking, eating, dancing ~ really excellent fun!! Take a look at some of the photos in my album.
We got home around midnight, and slept in the next day til around 10.30. We left Bend at 1pm to head back to Washington. Mike, Lisa & Gretchen went ahead in Lisa's car, and I followed in Mike's car!!! Yes, correct, I drove all the way back on my own (well, I was following). It was quite strange at first, getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road, and the whole inside of the car being on the wrong side etc, but a really nice drive - I found a really cool radio station, and was singing the hits at the top of my voice most of the way!! We stopped at Biggs Junction, just past half way to fill up on some food (BigMac Burger!!!), and continued on our way, finally getting home around 6.30pm.
What a lovely weekend ~ and Jake & Krista are now enjoying the warmer weather down in Costa Rica!!!