Bend

Last Day

Our last full day in Bend! It was a bit cooler, like almost 70, with a cool breeze. After breakfast Michael and my dad went to the driving range and my mom and I took Logan on a tour of some of the cool parks around the area. We went to Hillside Park (but it was for older kids) and then to Harmon Park, which was perfect for Logan.

For lunch we got food from Spork for takeout. We tried to go last time we were in Bend and it was so packed we couldn’t get an order in. But this time we lucked out! It was SO good! A new favorite for Bend, for sure. It’s a cool, funky Mexican/Asian fusion restaurant.

I got the Korean BBQ Short Ribs. They came on rice, arugula, sprouts, topped with seaweed, a fried egg and kimchi. Delicious!

My dad got the chicken tacos. Michael got the chilaquiles (I had a few bites and it was SO good) with steak. My mom got the best thing–the spicy pork noodles. I will definitely be getting that next time.

After Logan’s nap, the plan was to go rent one of the “Double Surrey” bikes for fun. It fits 4 adults and a kid. But unfortunately they were closed! We were one week early for their summer hours. BOO! Next time!ย  So instead of biking we just hung out in the front yard of the house we rented. Logan played soccer and golf and we enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Then we went for a short walk for some shaved ice (at Dakine Hawaiian Shaved Ice.) ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though our plans to bike got thwarted, it was a nice, chill day. Like, an actual vacation with RELAXING. What’s that?!? I actually got to sit on the front porch and relax and finish reading my book!

Dinner was burgers again. They were so good last time. With grilled asparagus, coleslaw and raw veggies.

And of course, once again, Boneyard RPM, hot tub, bed. ๐Ÿ˜€ We were definitely in a routine!

Tuesday morning I went for a run. It was nice out. Cool and quiet but not too cold. I ran down to Drake Park, crossed the bridge to the other side of the river, and had Drake Park basically to myself. Just me and the geese.

It was a nice, and flat, trail. I went through the park to one end and then the other. Then I crossed over the bridge on Galveston, ran through a neighborhood, crossed the wooden bridge back to Drake Park and did part of it again before heading back.

The water was like glass. It was so peaceful out that early (like 7am).

I got back to the house just in time for breakfast.

We all had breakfast, I showered and we packed and said our goodbyes. Boo. ๐Ÿ™ It was such a nice vacation. We had a lot of fun, spent time with my parents, they got to spend tons of time with Logan…we all got in naps, a hike, I finished a book and had excellent beer. I call that a win for vacation!

It’s hard to say goodbye, to my parents AND the Bend house. We love it so much. The location is so perfect for us. Close to restaurants, bars, parks and the river downtown. So beautiful and quiet. I definitely recommend Bend AND the house we rented!

Sunday Vibes

On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast of eggs, bacon, sourdough toast with avocado and strawberries.

I had a very large iced coffee and sat on the deck.

After breakfast Michael and my dad took Logan to the park nearby (and my dad tried to teach Logan how to play golf with his very first set of “clubs”). I went for a run.

My hamstrings were pretty sore from Friday’s weight session (STILL) so I wasn’t even sure if I could run but I did ok. It was another gorgeous day in Bend. I jogged through the neighborhood and then took Galveston to Skyliner. It was a quiet road. I found the West Bend Trail next to the road and took that instead.

Bend is SO friendly to runners and bikers and hikers. They have these paved trails all over the city. It makes it really easy to be outside and to walk in nature.

Bend is also at elevation, so while I was running it felt like my heart rate was 170 bpm but it never really got over 140. It was kind of crazy! I was so out of breathe. But I was still able to run and had a pretty good time doing it. It was peaceful and quiet, and still early out so there weren’t a lot of people out.

I ended up doing 3.31 miles and walked the last half mile or so back to the house.

After cleaning up, we all went to the Farewell Bend Park to kill some time and hang out outside. It’s a really nice park! Not only are there cool toys for kids, but there is like a 3 mile loop around the river. It’s a really nice spot to walk and bike or run.

There were a ton of people kayaking or doing SUP in the river. It looked liked so much fun!

After that we went out to lunch at Big Island Kona Mix Plate. The food was really delicious. I got the kahlua pork with cabbage, steamed broccoli and the mac salad. Michael got the bulgoi beef and it was REALLY good!

We stopped at Columbia Park again on the way home from lunch and then it was NAP TIME.

Logan ended up taking a three hour nap. I took a short nap in the hammock listening to the wind in the trees, Michael took a nap watching the Mariners, my mom took a nap…my dad was the only one not tired. LOL I think we all bit off a little more than we needed to do on Saturday and we were all worn out!

After naps, Michael and I went for a walk and ended up getting more Boneyard in our growler, I got a delicious Guava kombucha and we stopped for shaved iced on a whim. It was nice little detour. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner Sunday night:

BBQ chicken drumstricks with coleslaw. After Logan went to bed the four of us played cards and shared some AMAZING freshly baked cookies from a local Bend bakery. Probably the best cookies I’ve ever had. ๐Ÿ˜€

Then of course, hot tub and bed. I slept so amazingly good. I wanted to sleep more but…toddlersย never sleep in. Ever.