A great visit to Central Oregon

** 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.

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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.

Bob feeding his kids,, I mean deer.

Bob feeding his kids,, I mean deer.

Karen feeding the deer with Diane looking on.

Karen feeding the deer with Diane looking on.

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Karen & Diane

Karen & Diane

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!!

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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.

DIANE!!!! Wait for me!!!

DIANE!!!! Wait for me!!!

One of the great paved riding trails, That's Karen leading the way as she did most of our rides with Diane & Bob following. Karen knew here way around pretty good otherwise I'm sure the rest of us would have wondered around aimlessly forever LOL!!

One of the great paved riding trails, That’s Karen leading the way as she did most of our rides with Diane & Bob following. Karen knew here way around pretty good otherwise I’m sure the rest of us would have wondered around aimlessly forever LOL!!

Diane got a little warm on our 35 mile bike ride so she used our ice thingy to cool off. But I figured HEY, no reason to let my water get warm while doing so.

Diane got a little warm on our 35 mile bike ride so she used our ice thingy to cool off. But I figured HEY, no reason to let my water get warm while doing so.

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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.

A great trail along Paulina Lake

A great trail along Paulina Lake

Paulina Falls

Paulina Falls

Karen & Diane warming their feet in the hot springs.

Karen & Diane warming their feet in the hot springs.

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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.

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A tough little tree so survive in those surroundings.

A tough little tree so survive in those surroundings.

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Bob & Karen

Bob & Karen

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Headed up the trail

Headed up the trail

Dang Bob!!! What did you have for breakfast!!??

Dang Bob!!! What did you have for breakfast!!??

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.

What a great day of bike riding. And look at the smiles even after a 30 mile day.

What a great day of bike riding. And look at the smiles even after a 30 mile day.

Bob & Karen

Bob & Karen

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!!

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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.

Our site at Clyde Holliday State Rec. Area.

Our site at Clyde Holliday State Rec. Area.

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.

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8 Responses to A great visit to Central Oregon

  1. Rich and Kelly Bailey says:

    Wow, it was fun to see your pics of Central Oregon. Paulina Lake is one of Rich and My favorite spots. Reading about your adventures made us homesick for our old stomping grounds. We love the hike around Paulina lake and Gracie (our little Yorkie) has actually made the 7 mi hike with us several times. Is it smokey at your new campsite from the big fire in the John Day area? We’ve stayed at that campground a couple times. Stay safe and enjoy.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      HI GUYS!!!! Amazingly there really is not that much smoke with all the fires around. I guess 26 was closed for a while and we will be watching that because we plan to head east on 26 and then drop down into Caldwell Idaho tomorrow. This campground is a very nice spot and we could easily spend a week chill-in here. Hope all is well, Take care!!

  2. Wow! What great biking trails and pictures of your adventures. Looks like you two are having a really nice time. Keep it up!

  3. lar says:

    Wow, being in Oregon as long as you two have been around, surprised you haven’t seen that area. I love it, saw the Obsidian field/pile many years ago. Actually sneaked a piece in my pocket and have looked over my shoulder ever since, LOL. So now you are off eastbound and down again? We have been in Snohomish with the “Great grand son” for a week and doing plumbing at electrical work on his parents house, good excuse to hang around, LOL.

  4. Dave & Diane says:

    Diane and I were talking about how little we really explored our own back yard while living in Oregon and here we are touring the USA LOL!! We have actually talked about just touring what was our back yard next summer. Most every time we found ourselves in Bend it was a golfing trip or a Motorcycle trip and we never really explored.

  5. jim3ks@comcast.net says:

    Hi Dave,Enjoy reading your blog.  I am just now reading in November 2013 – March 2014 timeframe when you were stuck in Seffener  at Lazy a Days.  Some of your post have passwords.  What is the password so I can read?Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

    • Dave & Diane says:

      I’m glad you enjoy the blog and hope fully you find some useful and interesting things. I’m sorry but part of making all of our problems go away and resolving our issues while at Lazy Days was to sign a gag order. That’s why I pass worded some of the entry’s.

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