Post Cards #2

I’m so happy to be at Fiesta Friday #30!  I always look forward to Fridays and will be forever grateful for Angie over at the Novice Gardener for putting this weekly party together.  I’m not bringing any food this week, but instead some more postcards.

After my last post we spent half a day in Bend exploring alley art, thai food and tubing.  There was a 3 day brew fest going on along the river bank and let me tell you, if I drank beer, I would have been happily drunk on Oregon’s best IPAs and other micro brews by sunset.  The fest also featured several food trucks including one for buffalo meat corn dogs!

 

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Alley art gallery

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Went to Wild Rose for some more Northern Thai food.  The service and food were first rate and we had the pleasure of being served by the humble proprietor, who is also, along with his wife, the cook.  It is a small menu which I always prefer.  We had Grandfather’s Tom Kha Soup and the Khao Soi Curry, as well as sticky red rice with tofu vegetable sauté in tamarind galangal sauce and minced pork in lettuce cup.

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Tubing down the river; brewfest is going on to the left

Tubing down the river; brewfest is going on to the left

After touring the “Old Mill” district (above) along the river, we did some more exploring.

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Another few days in the town of Sisters, Oregon, hiking and biking and swimming.  The town of Sisters was coincidentally featured in this month’s Sunset Magazine and it is indeed a quaint, if not slightly kitschy and touristy, town abundant in friendly people, fantastic weather, and unbelievable proximity to fantastic hiking trails, beautiful aqua-marine lakes, fishing, camping, biking, you name it.  It’s awesome.  An old friend of mine (actually our mothers are good friends and we haven’t seen each other since we were toddlers) moved here and so we hit him and family up to see what central Oregon living is all about.  It did not disappoint.  Fabulous coffee shops and bakeries, just enough good restaurants, everything you could want, really.  If you need more culture, head to Bend or Portland.  Simple as that!

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Town of Sisters, Oregon in the wee hours of morning. These are 2 of the 3 “Sisters” volcano mountains, named Hope and Faith. The other is “Charity.”

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Main drag; only 1 traffic light and all buildings must sport a western facade.

 

Our Daily Coffee place; featuring the roomiest, most comfy seating, lovely quilts for sale and of course delicious baked goods

Our Daily Coffee place; featuring the roomiest, most comfy seating, lovely quilts for sale and of course delicious baked goods

The Open Door restaurant; one of a handful that serve contemporary cuisine; there's also 2 mexican places, a health food store, a raw/vegan bakery, a pizza parlor, a saloon and a burger drive through joint

The Open Door restaurant; one of a handful that serve contemporary cuisine; there’s also 2 mexican places, a health food store, a raw/vegan bakery, a pizza parlor, a saloon and a burger drive through joint

Unbelievable just caught wild salmon from The Open Door restaurant

Unbelievable just caught wild salmon from The Open Door restaurant

Next we took a grand detour to what turned out to be a sort of hippie health love retreat center that felt more like a commune.  Clothing optional in certain places (the hot springs tubs), guys, and this was quite the shocker if you’re not used to, you know, nudity comin’ at you in all shapes and sizes.  Whoa!  This was Mr. B’s contribution to our itinerary, chosen for the healing natural hot springs, yoga and deeply remote location and rustic accommodations.  Not exactly my cuppa joe, but the setting was exquisitely beautiful, with roaring river and miles and miles of hiking trails.  The place was slightly dilapidated and a certain abandoned swimming pool really caught my eye.  I’ve always had a thing for abandoned and old historical buildings for some reason, so this pool really sparked my curiosity.  The food was amazing, all vegetarian, but totally delicious, and the portions were enormous.  The drawbacks were, the nudity, the cabin (quite nasty, actually, and depressing inside) and the “staff community” (the grounds where the staff lived, which made me feel like abductions and murders and other nefarious activities could be staged).  Check it out:

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Seating by the river

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One of the hot tubs

 

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Main house where meals taken and children and families frolicked on the lawn

 

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Our cabins

 

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Communal Meal Time

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Brown rice, sweet potato, biscuit, potato salad, green salad, black eyed peas

One staff member's quarters

One staff member’s quarters

We kind of high tailed it out of there a night early, back to Sisters.  First day back we took an epic hike up the Tam MacArthur Rim, 5 miles to elevation 8,000.  It was awesome!

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As you know if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that I’m also trying to motivate myself back into doing yoga by striking poses near their namesake objects, and also for the sake of silliness, one of my constant companions.  See you next week!

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26 Comments on “Post Cards #2

  1. What a super vacation. Thanks for sending the postcards. I love your yoga poses and background themes.

  2. Lovely pics Sue and happy that you guys are have fun with all fun themed sports, food , drinks …thanx for sharing such lovely pics on Ff. ..enjoy….

  3. Fabulous photos, Sue…so fabulous in fact, better than many actual post cards! Thanks for sharing your journey…now I almost feel like I’ve explored a new destination. 🙂

  4. Fun! I’m going to run around town doing yoga poses next to the objects that inspired them too. 🙂 Looks like you are having a beautiful time!

    • Really, Ngan? That’s great! p.s. I hope all is ok with you guys, we just read about the quake this morning . . . take care, sue

      • We’re ok, thanks, Sue. It hit Napa hardest, although we did feel the tremor for a long time. Woke us and all the neighborhood dogs up, that’s for sure. Take care!

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