** WARNING!!! LOT”S OF PICTURES **
Whew-eeeeeeee !!! Bob & Karen darn near wore us plum out!!!! You know, I think if Karen would have auditioned for the Energizer Bunny spot back in 1989 SHE would be the Energizer Mascot icon instead of that pink rabbit LOL!! Heck, we are not even going to try to break it down to a day by day update because we stayed so active it almost seemed like one continues day, but what a great time we had.
Most of our days went like this,, get up, have breakfast & shower, mill around outside shooting the bull while Karen & Bob fed the kids (I really mean the deer), some days we packed a lunch and some days not and head out to tour the area, some days on bikes and others in the Jeep.
Out of 8 days we took one “what we called” down day and on that day Diane and I headed into Bend and bought new bike covers and I used Bob’s tools and installed the new fan & thermostat in our electronics compartment in the motorhome so even it wasn’t a real “down day” LOL!!
Four different days we drove to the National Lava Land Park and used their parking lot as a staging area for our bike rides. By starting there you can ride forever on different trail systems, everything from asphalt trails to gnarly mountain bike trails.
One day we stayed mainly on asphalt and rode into Sun River for lunch and by the time we got back to the Jeeps we had ridden 30 miles. And on the last day we rode 35 miles, we were all pretty tuckered after that one, mainly because it was a hot day.
On another day we rode roughly 5 miles on asphalt and another 15 miles on mountain bike trails that dropped us into a number of great spots along the river ranging from calm relaxing stretches to beautiful waterfalls and a number of great rapids.
And one day we did a driving tour that took us to Paulina Lake where we had lunch and a great hike along the lake that eventually took us to some Hot Springs.
We also visited the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and took a short hike before heading to Paulina Falls to have a look. Here is a link to the monuments website in case you are interested. It’s a good read. http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTn0AjAwgAykeaxcN4jhYG_h4eYX5hPgYwefy6w0H24dcPNgEHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgycVQEADoWIdk!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNUJIMjAwMDAwMDA!/?ss=110601&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110000000000000&pnavid=null&recid=66159&ttype=recarea&pname=Newberry%20National%20Volcanic%20Monument%20-%20Deschutes%20NF%20-%20Home
Dang that’s a long link LOL!! Real computer people would probably know how to shorten that and make it work.
After full days of exploring we either found ourselves sitting outside with a fire going and watching a movie on Bob & Karen’s outside TV or sitting around just chewing the fat. And it didn’t really matter what we were doing because we were doing it with good friends.
We originally planned to invade Bob & Karen’s space for 4 to 7 days but there was so much to do that we ended up staying 8 and we didn’t even scratch the surface of things to do & see in the area. We could have easily stayed for a month and still not seen nearly all of what it has to offer, in fact we are already talking about coming back though next summer. Bob & Karen will probably have a gate up by then with a big old lock on it. If they are smart they will never run septic to the second RV pad so people will have to leave when their tanks fill LOL!!
We had a fantastic time with Bob & Karen and really appreciated the hospitality but all good things must come to an end as they say, so Wednesday morning after our “See ya down the roads” we lifted our jacks and headed out.
We headed north on HWY 97 to Redmond and then caught HWY 126 East that eventually turned into HWY 26 in Prineville. 26 is a great motorcycle road and is just fine for RV’s of any size but if you are wanting to make time it’s not the way to go LOL!!
We didn’t have any reservations but had a good idea of where we were going to stop and because it was mid-week and we would be getting off the road around 2 in the afternoon we felt pretty confident we would get a spot at the Clyde Holliday State Recreational Site about 7 miles West of John Day Oregon.
After our 175 mile travel day we pulled into the campground at 1:30 and the campground was pretty empty so we had plenty of choices and picked a very nice spot with great privacy (like most sites here). We will only stay here for 2 nights before moving on again.