This weekend was spent in Bend, Oregon. A little gem of a place with great weather, a lazy river, and for us, some pretty fun people.
My brother in law turned 40 at the end of July and this was his birthday weekend celebration. Honestly, we knew it was gonna be fun but we didn’t know what to expect. We knew Bend was a favourite place for my sister and family to visit but we weren’t to sure and did very little research.
We stayed at a renovated hotel-from-motel named the Loge. The rooms were totally adorable, fitted with Yeti coolers and a hammock that hung from the ceiling. Mountain biking is huge in Bend so rooms also came with bike racks and other things like blankets and mugs to use and if you liked, you could take and they would simply bill you.
In our group we had about 28 people who made the Loge our home. We controlled an area with our own fire pit, table and BBQ. We could walk over anytime and always find someone we knew lounging around. The weather was amazing, 25/30° with cloudless skies. We did have a brief thundershower Sunday night but it quickly dried up and we were back outside.
Brad and I had a pretty fun time with all the new and old friends and family that came down to celebrate. And of course, it is always fantastic to spend time with my niece and nephew. My sister did an amazing job organizing and personalizing with gift bags, and activities for those who wanted to join. Good job Julie!
Bend is a pretty cool town. There is older bend but there are also some beautiful developments that wind along the river. There is a new shopping and dining complex called the Old Mill which is great for some shopping. It does skew to national chains over boutique or local stores but there is also downtown Bend for more local stuff.
We were able to visit the last Blockbuster, in the world, and snap some pics. It was exactly how my childhood Blockbuster video was imprinted in my mind.
One neat place we visited was called Crux. A brewery that was adjacent to a grassy space where people ate food truck food and lounged around drinking beer. Beer is big in Bend.
The highlight was definitely the lazy river. A two hour long lazy ride down a cool (in temperature) river. About 2/3 through they have added some tame rapids to add some excitement to the ride. Near the end of the float you can browse the beautiful houses that line the water. We did the lazy river two days in a row.
We flew down United via SFO. We were upgraded both legs and we met my mom in SFO who was coming from Vancouver. Brad gave up his upgrade to her for the second flight.
We drove to Eugene via Crater Lake in order to fly home. We flew again through SFO on the red eye. Our layover in SFO was delayed since the plane that was supposed to bring us to Toronto struck a bird and it went right through the engine. Thankfully United was able to sub in a plane and we only arrived home an hour later then planned.