We left Portland for Multnomah Falls, 45 minutes outside of the city. The drive there was very scenic on the Columbia Gorge Scenic Byway, and we saw multiple waterfalls along the way. Multnomah Falls are really tall and beautiful and we were glad we stopped there. I was also glad our route to Bend after the falls took us through Mount Hood National Forest, which was so gorgeous going around each curve in the road, watching it disappear and reappear into view.
We stopped for lunch at a very small town called Parkdale and got sandwiches that we ate outside in the sunshine. When we got to Bend, we decided to lay on the blanket in a park (Drake Park) in the middle of town. We got a cheap slice of pizza at Pizza Mondo then met our Couchsurfing host, Nick at his house. We talked to him for a good amount of time before all driving to his recommended sunset spot – a brewery called Crux that was very lively and packed. We just missed happy hour, but got a beer anyway and got to know each other as well as the town of Bend! We really, really liked it and could see ourselves moving there (which is what Nick says happens often – people visit Bend, then move to Bend). The brewery closed at 10 which was pretty early, but we just went back to Nick’s eventually and didn’t mind hitting the sack before too late.
The next morning, we drove about a half hour outside of town to the Cascade Lakes in Deschutes National Forest. There were a lot of lakes, but we only saw about 4 of them and walked around Devil’s Lake.
For lunch, we went back into town to a really cool place called Spork, with tons of different international dishes that they did very well. We walked around downtown and popped into various shops (didn’t buy anything because of expensive prices) then took a nap in the sun in the park. We visited Nick’s business – a marijuana dispensary for medical marijuana patients! He designed it really well and built all the displays himself, and his style was clean and neat. It was cool to see and to smell some of the different strands. We then tried to grab a beer at Deschutes Brewery but Grant got rejected because of his expired license (womp womp). We eventually went to dinner for some tapas at Barrio in town, then headed back to Nick’s for a pretty chill night that consisted of some LED hooping (which he really enjoyed, haha).
We loved Bend, it had really great vibes and a nice small town feeling.