Boneyard brewery

Where’s the Snow?

For years Bend was my birthday tradition. My birthday often falls on the holiday weekend. It was a tradition I loved and we stayed in all sorts of different place and different parts of Bend, Sunriver and surrounding areas. Last year we went to the beach instead. It was just as great, but not quite the same! Now that we have Bella we wanted to go back to Bend so we could take her with us. She LOVES the snow and our hope was that she’d be a good snowshoe buddy.

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We booked a house in downtown Bend through AirBnB with another couple. Since it had been about 2 years since we’d been to Bend, I was excited to try the new restaurants and breweries that have popped up, see how the town has changed (I’d heard it grew a lot) and of course get some of my beloved Boneyard Beer!

Early Saturday morning I got up and did a kettlebell workout at home. I didn’t want to get up really early and waste time going to the gym, so I did a living room workout while Michael got ready and finished packing.

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Then we hit the road! It was a gross, rainy drive. Bella was super excited about the car trip but eventually slept through a lot of it. 🙂

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Most of the drive it was pouring rain. We got into Bend around noon and met up with our friends at Brother Jon’s Public House for lunch. The awesome thing about Bend is that everywhere you go, Boneyard Beer is on tap. Everywhere. It’s my #1 favorite beer and so it’s like being in heaven. I can get it anywhere! I got a RPM and a BLTA for lunch. Michael got the steak and blue cheese salad (and gave me a bite–it was delicious!).

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My sandwich was okay but it had too much lettuce on it.  While we were at lunch I got a text that the house we rented was ready if we wanted to check in early so we decided to check in, unload the car and then go to the outlet mall (where I got a new jacket and some hiking pants that I’ve desperately needed).

The house we rented was near downtown, less than a mile. The location was fantastic!

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The house was adorable and perfect for what we needed. It was two bedrooms, one bath, with a huge fenced yard and plenty of space for four people and a dog. We unpacked our cars and then Michael and I took Bella for a short walk after being in the car for three hours. The house was a block from the river and they were building a nice walking/running path along it (that wasn’t quite done yet).

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After shopping we took our growlers to the Boneyard Beer tasting room. We got some tastings and we all filled our growlers with RPM  (four growler!). I bought myself a t-shirt as a birthday present to myself. 🙂 Man do I love their beer.

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We went back to the house and we spent the rest of the evening in. The boys went out for burritos and brought them back to the house where we hung out, played card games and enjoyed our beer. The owner of the house had also left us this little treat in the freezer as a welcome gift:

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Sunday we got up and ate breakfast and planned on going snowshoeing. That was the entire plan for the weekend. Our friends, Sean and Margie, had never been before and really wanted to try it. We decided to leave Bella at the house and take them to Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. It’s one that Michael and I have done a few times and it’s a fantastic adventure–complete with little cabins in the middle of nowhere that you can dry off and rest in.

Virginia Meissner is a really popular sno-park and unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed, but it was the perfect beginner trail. It’s groomed and it’s not super strenuous. We drove up Mt. Bachelor and I was noticing that there wasn’t any snow on the road or pretty much anywhere…The sun was out and it was warm and beautiful. We got closer and closer to the turn off and realized, uh there’s no snow. There’s ALWAYS snow. We’ve never been to Bend in January and NOT been able to find snow.

Sure enough, the sno-park was empty. There wasn’t enough snow to go out in. We were about 12 miles from the house so we decided to go back to the house and get Bella and go to one of the dog-friendly trails higher up on the mountain. When we got back to the house Margie made us all a picnic lunch and I looked up snow conditions online to check the other trails I’d planned on going to that trip. Sadly, they all reported “Inadequate snow”. What?!? NO SNOW?!

So snowshoeing was a bust. To be continued….

Ghosts and Yoga

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On our last day in Sisters, we pulled our sore bodies out of bed and walked down to the Lodge restaurant for breakfast. Thankfully, the only thing that hurt on my body was my calves. They were insanely sore–like almost too sore to even touch. All that up-hill snowshoeing did them in. My knees felt tight but not painful, so that’s good.

My breakfast was another winner! It was leek risotto with pancetta and a fried egg on top. I never think of risotto as a breakfast food but everything went together perfectly. The risotto was creamy and the pancetta was salty and chewy. The fried egg went so perfectly on top. It also came with a homemade biscuit.

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I ate the biscuit and egg and about 1/3 of the risotto. I saved the rest for later (and ended up eating it for dinner that night). We packed up the car and checked out of the Lodge. I was sad to leave such a beautiful place.

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Michael drove us to Bend where we spent the day. Bend is only about 35 miles from Sisters and it’s an easy drive on the highway. The views of all the surrounding mountains are pretty nice to see. The first stop was to the Boneyard Brewery.

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Boneyard Beer is my absolute favorite. Their IPA is my favorite beer of ANY beer I’ve ever had. I was so glad we were able to get it in a growler to take home! We also sampled their beer that is infused with a ghost pepper. Ghost peppers are apparently the hottest peppers on earth and boy did that beer burn. It was very spicy and it lasted a long time–long after we left the brewery my mouth still felt “spicy.” It wasn’t a bad thing, just odd.

The next stop was lunch:

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Michael and I split a sandwich and we both got the Deschutes Inversion IPA. It’s pretty good but no Boneyard. I got the tall skinny one (it’s a half pint). We spent a few hours after lunch just walking around enjoying the sunshine. It was 56 degrees! We definitely didn’t need our jackets. I did a little shopping and sight-seeing, Michael spent an obscene amount of time in the records store (I didn’t think people still bought records!) and eventually it was time to head home.

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Thankfully, there weren’t any scary moments on our drive over Mt. Hood. We made it home with no incidents or harrowing moments.

It was nice to spend the weekend somewhere different and to get away from everything. I’d been under so much stress leading up to our weekend getaway that I’d broken out in hives one night. What a fun night that was! Benadryl and anti-itch cream. Ugh. But playing in the snow and staying in a romantic lodge in the forest felt like a different world. It was very, very needed at that point.

The day after we got back I headed to yoga after work. My poor body needed it. I’d planned on just skipping the gym and taking an extra rest day this week but I thought yoga might help.  My calves were as tight as they’ve ever been and sore to the touch. I wore my compression socks to work all day. 🙂 Yoga definitely helped a lot. It’s been way too long since I’ve gone to a class, and I believe it was one of my goals for January–if not, it should have been. Struggling as much as I did to hold the poses reminded me yet again how much I really do need to go to the class! I think I need to reinstate the Sunday morning yoga classes.

Finally, I am so glad the person who was sent home on Top Chef this week is gone. I couldn’t take it much longer. 😉

QUESTION: Does yoga help your ailments?