Sometime in the Spring my sister, Laura, started trying to convince me to spend my summer in Bend. I told her she might have to “twist my arm.” So she started sending me text messages and pictures of wine, fresh produce and cute puppies.
She also promised adventures. You know how I love adventures! I think I have to be careful when I ask this sister for adventures though. This Sunday we ventured on a hike categorized as “obscure.” 60 minutes, and two dirt roads outside of Bend is an area called Alder Springs and getting there itself was an adventure: off-roading and breaking through cow herds (no animals were injured in the making of this adventure)!
We chose the 3 mile route to the Deschutes River, 6 miles roundtrip. The first quarter mile, was flat and moderately tame, with just a little but of wind.
As we wound down into the canyon things got a little crazy and a lot beautiful. We forded a river (with dogs in tow) and bush-wacked through the trail in overgrown areas.
The only way to continue along the trail was to ford the river (above) and it was faster and wider than it looks! After a couple hours of hiking, laughter, and losing the dogs amongst the brush, we arrived at the confluence of the Wychus River and the Deschutes River! It was pretty amazing.
6.5 hours after we began our adventure, we arrived back safely to the house. Scrapes on our legs, mud in our shoes, and a song in our hearts (I know that last part was cheesy, but I needed a third thing). It was a great adventure! I even scaled the side of the “cliff”, trying to find a shortcut home. Do I ever have to leave this beautiful place?