6/2/12

A Weekend in Bend, Oregon!

POSTED BY: ERIKA


There’s something funny that happened when Wild Squirrel became full time and student life was pushed to the wayside.  The distinction between the weekdays and the weekends no longer existed.  Usually Keeley and I work every day of the week but last weekend I took a hiatus from Squirrel World and road tripped to Bend, Oregon with a group of my friends!



The main purpose of the trip was to see a concert at this awesome venue in Bend called the Les Schwab Amphitheater.  The Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart and The Shins all played and it was awesome!  The Head and the Heart were definitely my favorite.


I haven’t been to a concert in ages and being outside made it that much better!  We expected cold and rainy weather but instead were greeted a beautiful sunset!



The Gang!


The wonderful weekend continued with camping, s’mores, an awesome breakfast that included gluten free toast and dairy-free hollandaise sauce, an excursion to the Lava River Caves and exploring the shops of downtown Bend!



This breakfast tasted so good after a night of sleeping outside in the cold!



I realize this photo is a little blurry but it captures the main point…a huge, dark and cold lava river cave!!  What is a lava river cave exactly?  Well here is a little description from good ol’ Wikipedia…


The Lava River Cave near Bend, Oregon, is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is managed by theUnited States Forest Service. The cave is an excellent example of a lava tube. At 5,211 feet (1,588 m) in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon. While the cave’s discovery in 1889 was officially credited to a pioneer hunter, the presence of obsidian flakes near the cave has led archaeologists to conclude that Native Americans knew about the cave long before settlers arrived in central Oregon




It was an exceptional weekend full of relaxation and spontaneity-two words that have been missing from my life!  I felt reenergized after a weekend away and was actually ready to come back to my real world of phone calls, e-mails and conversations about pallets of dairy-free chocolate ;-)



That’s all for now, 


Erika

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