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Back at the Ranch

June 30, 2010

Bend, Oregon may be one of the loveliest cities I have ever visited, and I have traveled all over the US. One day I should share my travel days with you but that may be another blog entirely. Back to Bend.  Now I’m not saying other cities are not lovely so don’t get up in arms, but Bend, well Bend is where we would move should Coach have a career opportunity there. My mother might throw her body in font of the moving van though so it might  prove difficult.   I think what appeals to us is the small town vibe, yet still a thriving city. Coach could have the “city” and sports, I could have my little country town ,chickens, garden, space , old house  and the girls could  have a childhood where there are still yards to play in and open spaces to roam.                                                                                                                                                                  Unlike the suburban area where we live, there is a sense of open space even within the urban areas of Bend. Boy is it green there.  Trees grace every street and there is that feeling you get in neighborhoods where the branches  umbrella the sidewalks leaving  dappled light shadows on  the sidewalks. The Dechutes River winds its way through the city, near the downtown, by the shopping centers, in a beautiful old neighborhood like something out of a movie, though this year we were unable to tube it what with the 40 degree water and all.

Best of all are the roundabouts. What’s that you say, big deal? Roundabouts are the way to go urban planners, way to go, no stop lights, no stop signs.  Each had an art installation.  We went round and around and around. Sometimes even on purpose.  Wheee

The first few nights in Bend we were down in the Old Mill District. Coach and Order loved the idea of being able to ride bikes anywhere with in the city and being able to find a bike shop on almost every corner. And they found  this little jewel.

A cinnamon roll the size of Harmony’s head was all they would tell me. It was closed when we girls tried to go so I will forever wonder.

The girls and I loved walking around downtown and eating at the little restaurants. Once I mastered the roundabouts and careening out at the right time I was able to get around pretty well.

I’ll have pics up of the races soon I hope. We have Vacation Church Camp this week so I’m still not in summer mode yet. But I’m working on it, bear with me.

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  1. July 2, 2010 1:36 pm

    We are really glad you enjoyed our town….hosting the USA Cycling Championships was a treat for Bend! I see you found Nancy P’s, sorry it was closed when you were there, but it’s definitely worth stopping by next time you’re in town.

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      July 3, 2010 8:48 am

      Thanks Darla. Hopefully Nationals will be in Bend again next year and we can have a wonderful excuse to visit. Cross Nationals are there in December so we may get to see the city with snow.

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