..not really, this is just a lyric from a Mat Kearney song you should go listen to 🙂 my heart is sitting right next to me and he is a 6’6″ bearded man that loves dogs and feeds my ice cream obsession. BUT Bend, Oregon, I will be returning. Bend is one of those places I fell in love with immediately. The walk-ability, the river, the proximity to mountains and lakes, the active community, the cute downtown, the coffee shops, my friend Emily, I could go on and on.
About a year ago some of us talked about getting a group of girls together to go to Bend and visit our friend Emily. Turns out, 10 of us ended up being able to go. When I tell people that ten girls traveled across the country for a girls weekend, they’re shocked. And it is shocking and so special that we all spent the time, the PTO, the money to spend three whole days together. Here’s a recap of our trip:
On Wednesday I woke up at 3:30AM and headed to the airport with Kirsten. She and I were flying to Portland with a layover in Denver where Blaine also had a layover. When we got to Portland we rented a car and drove the three hours south to Bend. By the time we got to Bend it was about 2:00PM PST. Half of the girls were staying with Emily and the other half (including me) were staying in an AirBnB down the road. That afternoon we walked to the Good Life Brewing Company, drank beer and had some apps. We ate dinner at home and headed to bed early since we had been up for so many hours.
On Thursday we woke up and some of the girls went to grab breakfast. Blaine brought me back a sausage, apple butter, fontina, arugula, egg breakfast sandwich and a cinnamon/caramel cold brew latte from Jackson’s Corner. Both were so good–I definitely want to try to recreate the latte at home. After breakfast we went to Sparks Lake. Talk about VIEWS–I’ve never seen a mountain with snow on it while laying out next to a lake with my bathing suit on.
After spending the whole day at the lake, we went to Sunriver Brewing Company for dinner. Blaine and I split macaroni and cheese and wings.
On Friday we went to Jackson’s Corner for breakfast again. It’s kind of fun having a “regular” place to go to while you’re traveling, I was able to try many things on the menu. This time, I decided to get the biscuits and gravy with an egg on top…and I had to get the cinnamon/caramel cold brew latte again. After breakfast we headed to Tumalo Falls. Standing under the waterfall was amazing and, again, the views were unlike anything I’d seen!
On Saturday I took next to no pictures! We played some field day games (my team got beat pretty badly in kickball, but ended up being winners after an intense rock, paper, scissors duel), got a tour of Deschutes Brewery, and then floated down the very cold Deschutes River. A couple of us went to dinner an then it was time to pack up to head home on Sunday.
- It was so cool to be able to spend some quality time with just girls, adventuring around a new city. We were constantly asked if we were some kind of sports team. 🙂 Spending time with significant others and family is important but in my eyes, time with your girlfriends is equally as special and needed!
- I love Oregon! Can’t wait to go back and do some more exploring.
- The time change was rough. I feel like I never really adjusted. What was nice about being on EST was that we woke up around 7AM PST every morning and had the whole day to explore and all the sunlight to soak up.
- Being out west made me want to spend some more time hiking and being outdoors in Indiana. Josh and I received a state park pass for Christmas and we definitely need to make a point to use it more.
- I loved being able to walk everywhere. Bend was the perfect place to visit and not have a car because you can do so many things on foot. We did drive to get to the lake and waterfall, but for the most part we walked wherever we needed to go.