Saturday, September 8, 2018

We Hit The Road! It's Surreal.

HI Kids! 


Well, our life has changed a lot. We finally were able to hit the road, after all the years of planning and dreaming and getting ready. No matter how much we tried to imagine it, it isn't quite that way. I guess things rarely are.

We used to talk endlessly about what our lives would be like when it finally happened, and now it has. I can say that so far, we are having a very hard time coming to terms with the fact that we are not "on vacation". It still feels like we will soon return back "home" to go back to work. But this is how most recently retired people feel, I know.

Our first stop is in Bend, Oregon at the Bend Sunriver Thousand Trails. It is our second stay at a Thousand Trails park, and it has been an excellent experience. We weren't sure what to expect, because there are definitely a lot of stories out there about the Thousand Trails parks. We are very happy so far. The staff at this park have been extremely friendly and helpful and the park is like a summer camp. Lots to do, close to Bend and we have been busy every day trying to take advantage of all of it.

The park we are in is right on the Little Deschutes river, and we took our inflatable kayak down and had a nice paddle. It's one of our favorite things to do.

There have been so many fires burning all over the pacific northwest area that the air quality has been pretty poor most days. Still, the weather has been incredible, though already dipping down into the low 30's at night in the high desert. We aren't used to that quite yet, just coming from the west side where temps have been extremely high day and night. Temperatures shoot right back up into the 80's during the day.

There is a lot of hiking and biking to do in this area, and we have done both. We spent two days exploring the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, just a short drive from the park. The evidence of past eruptions is overwhelming, with an enormous lava flow, and huge cinder cone.  Hard to believe it happened so long ago, and yet the area is still completely transformed into a sea of lava rock and even huge flows of obsidian. It makes me think of the effects of the recent flows going on now in Hawaii and how forever changed it will be. I mean, we are talking thousands of years. Wow.

We leave Monday for the Summer Lake Hot Springs for only one night. It will be my first experience using a natural hot spring and I am looking forward to it. It will be a full-hookup RV site so I will definitely be doing a LOT of laundry! No sewer hookups here at the Thousand Trails, so using the washing machine is definitely out!

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