Wednesday (6/6) after our “See ya down the road” to Bob & Karen we traveled 50 miles to our nest destination at the Expo Center RV Park in Redmond, right next to the fairgrounds.
We had driven through Redmond a few times in our lives but never stopped to explore the area so we decided this would be a great time to do just that.
Redmond is located in the high desert in Deschutes County and was incorporated in 1910 and has a population of 27,000. It has been growing at a rate of between 8 and 11% per year depending on what report you read so it’s just the right size town for us. And it has plenty of things to do recreation wise like mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, golf, OH and Pickleball is pretty big.
In fact as far as Pickleball goes they have 8 very nice outdoor courts and we found ourselves playing at them at least 4 of the 7 days we were in the area. And even though it does not reflect it in the pictures there was one morning that 7 of the 8 courts were full and we were told it gets much busier most of the time. They have a few indoor courts as well to fill in those colder winter months.
Diane is on the left court in the blue top.
I’m on the left court on the other side of the net on the left.
During our driving around we couldn’t help notice all of the parks, it turns out they have more than 25 parks throughout the community. And we couldn’t help notice how nice and clean almost every neighborhood was, even the obviously older ones were not that bad.
Redmond is also home to Central Oregon’s only commercial airport so that’s a big plus for some people.
While checking out the area we drove out to Crooked River Ranch which is less than 20 miles outside of Redmond to have a look.
Crooked River Ranch covers 10,000 acres of rural residential, recreational and commercial property and has a great golf course and Pro shop, swimming pool, Baseball field, basketball court and of course Pickleball courts.
Golf Course at Crooked River Ranch
As well as a couple small places to eat and a couple shops mixed in as well as a small convenience store with gas that has just enough to get you buy without a run to town.
There are a couple RV parks to, one actually on the property and one just outside the boundaries. The one on Crooked River looked like it would work just fine for a week or two if in the area and wanted to be out and away from town.
Pickleball courts at Crooked River Ranch
Property prices on the ranch are not too bad and a number of the lots will allow RV type setups which will be exactly what we will be looking for at some time in the future so we will be keeping it in mind even though I don’t think it will be a spot we will be hunkering down.
We also took a drive to Prineville and a small community called Tumalo to have a look. Once again we have driven through these towns a number of times on motorcycle rides but other than maybe stopping for a meal we never really explored them. One thing is for sure, they have both grown over the years.
While in Prineville we took a drive to the Prineville Reservoir, unfortunately it was a rainy day so it wasn’t overly attractive.
A shot from “the toy” of the campground at the Prineville Reservoir.
On Tuesday (6/12) we loaded my bike up and drove into Bend to drop it off at “Let it Ride” to have the new tire installed we talked about in one of our last updates and then went for a walk around downtown and along the river.
We used to love going to Bend many years ago when it was much smaller but it has grown so much and the traffic has gotten so bad and prices have jumped so much that it has lost a lot of its attractiveness to us BUT times like this while walking around just enjoying the sights we can’t help falling back in love with it just a little bit.
We also visited Smith Rock State Park during our stay to do a little hiking.
Smith Rock is very well known for rock climbing and even on visits midweek we like to do you can almost always see people hanging off the mountainsides. I guess there are more than 1 thousand already bolted routes in the park as well as all the other possible climbing routs. Now none of that matters to us because there is no way you will ever catch us doing that stuff but for those that do it’s well worth a visit if in the area. We just like to watch.
For us it’s the hiking that draws us to Smith Rock, there are miles and miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
See that person crossing on that cable!!??
It was pretty warm on the day we chose to hike and there wasn’t much of a breeze down in the canyon at times so we got pretty warm but enjoyed it fully none the less.
This was a beginners area. Notice the backboard located on the right side of the picture.
Can you see the climber?
See the person on the rock wall?
During our hike we came across some Wood Ducks and couldn’t help notice just how many babies were following behind momma, 26 in fact. That number got us wondering just how many darn eggs a Wood Duck would lay.
With a quick search we found that a mature hen commonly lays 12 to 14 eggs but it is very common for more than one hen to lay eggs in the same nest which would create larger clutches like this one. This is called “dump nests”. I wonder if this is a common thing among other critters as well. (Sorry for the picture, the phone takes pretty god pictures but not when I need to zoom in a bunch like I tried to do here).
And we visited the Redmond Caves that were only about a mile from our campground.
There are 5 caves formed by volcanic flows of molten lava from the Newberry Caldera. From what we read Native Americans used the caves over the last 6,000 years. I guess all of these caves used to be just one but at some point it collapsed and created 5 separate caves.
I think we only went out to eat once during our stay and that was mid-afternoon at the #1 rated spot in town according to Trip Advisor and that was at Diego’s Spirit Kitchen. The food was good but I only had a salad and Diane had something like Enchilada’s, I had an iced tea and Diane had a beer and our bill came to $47. Dang, we have been spending WAY too much eating out this month LOL!!
During one of our evening bike rides we happened across a small Barrel Racing event going on. It was fun to watch for a while.
If you were to dig back into our updates I’m sure you would come across something stating that Diane has always said when it came time to get off the road that Central Oregon would be the place she would want to be. And to that I always said that Central Oregon gets too much snow and gets too cold in the winter for me. But after this visit and spending more time here I think I might be starting to agree with her.
I have been looking for these Cotton Candy grapes for over 2 years all across the country and I found them at a roadside fruit stand. Go figure.
There is just so much to do in the area and places like Redmond being only a 15 minute drive from Bend makes it very appealing, even though Redmond really has everything you need. But if you want a Costco, Trader Joes or other bigger things like a mall Bend is the place. AND Bend has a park with 18 Pickleball courts and is in the middle of building a 48,000 sqft indoor sports complex that will have 8 indoor courts setup like some racket ball clubs with viewing platforms.
We stopped in at a RV Show at the fairgrounds. When I opened one of the cupboard doors it just fell apart in my hands. The crazy thing was only held together with 6 staples. How do they expect it to hold together when full of canned goods going down the road. Good grief.
And how can you not love the panoramic views of Mt. Bachelor, The Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood that you get from just about any place in the area.
I don’t know but Central Oregon in the summers and Arizona in the winters does not sound like a bad combination to us. Time will tell.