Sunday, August 19, 2012

Warm Springs, Oregon

My friend and I decided to take a girls only weekend to the high desert Kah-nee-ta resort which is on a Native American Reservation called Warm Springs about two hours from Portland. The resort was not what we expected (she mentioned it would be a beautiful, hot relaxing resort with a natural hot mineral springs pool). It was actually super crowded with kids and no place to even lay or sit down near the pool.

So since that was all we planned for we didn't know what to do. We had a drink within a few hundred feet of the pool and then went for a hike around the many trails near the resort.

That was fun, serene, and pretty. And the sun came out.

Then we went for dinner at their restaurant and we were so tired all we wanted was a Coke and a salad.

I was hoping we could go for a swim since it was still light outside but ended up going to sleep. In the morning I went for a peaceful stroll and came back to the room.

NOT the trip I imagined. I guess that's what happens when you don't plan much and you hype things up in your head about what something will be like....sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

But the reservation is beautiful with wild horses roaming around and majestic views.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Finding My Peace

I really needed my three days at the river. I camped. I hiked alone. I floated in the river wherever it wanted me to go. I took lots of photos. I biked. I read. He fished.

It was wonderful to be away and out of my usual surroundings. Being in nature has a way of reviving you doesn't it?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Deshutes at Dawn in Photos

It has been a hot hot hot weekend in Oregon lately. We are not used to 100F degrees and sunny weather in Portland. We semi escaped it by going to the river this weekend. We biked two miles into the park and then camped on the beach. It was magical to sleep by the river with only the sounds of frogs and crickets to lull me to sleep. I woke early to take pictures of the sunrise at dawn because it was to beautiful to roll back over and go to sleep.