Monday, July 12, 2010

The Getaway...

Saturday after work my husband and I headed out, for a short adventure, over one of Oregon's most beautiful passes, to visit his sister in Bend.  Believe me, traveling through this most amazingly, gorgeous part of the world...  Oh, you just really need to experience it.  It's amazing.  Here are a few pictures that I snapped coming home, trying to capture a bit of the magic. 

There's a section of the forest that was infested with a beetle, but they weren't allowed to spray, which meant the trees died...and then...a forest fire.  These next pictures show a dead forest in the background and the new growth.  It's very hauntingly beautiful.

And, then there is Bend...  A beautiful city, surrounded by snow capped mountains.  The Three Sisters being the most famous.

We didn't float down the river this time, but we have joined in the fun before, and will again.  It's a gorgeous setting.

Lots of things to do, including a brick firepit, outdoor dining, concerts and lots of charming little shops.

The desert is beautiful, too.  There were lots of flowers...all colors.  These are our favorite.

Hopefully, there will be more short Getaways this summer.  We had such a great time!!!


Brian said...

Wow, that is some incredible scenery! I could sit and look at that for hours. Hey, your blog looks real nice too!

AutumnLeaves said...

So glad you were able to get away for even a short respite, Deb. I so love OR...and WA...the whole PNW, really. I miss it terribly, in fact. Anyway, the photos are beautiful! Is that the Columbia River?

Diane said...

Beautiful Photos. We loved Oregon.

Creative Carmelina said...

Oh Deb! that was a nice little tour/trip you just took me on! i love the rebirth of the really amazing!

getting away! there is such bliss in those words, yes! and when touring a beautiful part of the world, well that's perfectly divine! isn't it!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Candy said...

What fun! Deb, the pictures are gorgeous!