Days in Bend, Oregon

We have been in Bend for 5 weeks and I can now say I am blending in with the life style and the people.  I am able to drive around town (without getting lost) and am feeling more like a “local.”

Dick finds a meditation group that meets on Monday evenings (same night as in Santa Barbara) and now that the weather has warmed up, I find my meditation time each morning on the deck of this lovely home, where I take in the smells of the pine needles, hear the sounds of the river below, listen to the chirping of birds, and of course every so often have a visit from a deer or two.

We continue to participate in classes at the Bend Senior Center and spend as much time as possible with our grand kids.  Now that school is out for the summer, we are able to see them more often.  They love to come over here, swim in the pool and stay overnight.

Michael recommended a drive for us to take so off we went with Olivia & Rafael in tow and headed out to “the Painted Hills.”  It takes us 2 hours and once we arrive, we are inspired by the colors and formations that surround us.  After hiking around the area, we find a lovely picnic area and  eat our lunch.  There is so much beauty in the world!

On our Monday walk at the senior center, our instructor, Laura, takes us to a lovely trail close by.  It cuts across roads and homes and a small creek meanders along side us.  Laura is a tall woman in her 60’s with flaming red hair which she pulls tightly back in a pony tail and her eyes are a pale blue.  Previously she lived in Santa Barbara, working at a once popular restaurant called Mom’s Italian Village.  She later moved to Colorado, opened her own restaurant and eventually came to reside in Bend.  Her son, Jeff, works at Newport Market with Michael.  Laura is a strong, big boned woman and showed me how to use the equipment in the weight room.  She is an avid walker and last week walked to “Sisters” a town located 14 miles from Bend!  On our walk there is one other gentleman.  David, originally from New york, is an author who has written two short stories, soon to be published and Dick gravitates toward him . The two of them continue the remainder of our 3.5 mile walk discussing all of their favorite books and authors.

Tomorrow we are driving to Corvalis to attend the graduation (Oregon State) of my ex brother-in-law’s daughter (Riley) where we will see and hear Michelle Obama.

We are loving all the parks and the outdoor activities that this city has to offer.  I can now fully understand why Michael sold his home in Santa Barbara and moved his family to Central Oregon. He has truly made a wonderful life here, especially since he bikes EVERYWHERE!  He still has the nickname of “Iron Mike.”

I hope after being spoiled here with all the luxuries, I can acclimate to R.V. living!

Love, Joyce

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Rudin
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 05:40:03

    How far is the place you rented from senior center? Can you send info on how to rent there? Would you consider moving to Bend part of the year?

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  2. Kim
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:22:25

    Joyce sounds like an amazing area! How nice to have so many classes & programs! Lots of Love to you& Dick! Mom is flying in this Friday for two weeks. In Florida with us! xoxo

    Reply

  3. Sharon Sarah Z.
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 17:18:35

    So happy you are spending this amazing time with family in such a beautiful way.

    Reply

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