It was barely Monday before we were already thinking about adventures for the upcoming weekend. We checked the weather forecast for our usual haunts (Portland, the coast, Hood River) but couldn’t find any ideal weather. We looked in another direction and ended up deciding that we would spend the weekend in Bend.

We’re in the process of changing vehicles and since our new car isn’t ready, the dealership gave us an older model of the CRV we just bought. They told us it still needed to be detailed, so we were free to let our dogs track dirt in it. I’m so glad we bought the CRV because the dogs were so much more comfortable in this than my little Mazda and so were we.


One of the reasons we decided to go to Bend was because Gagan and I have been wanting to see the Blue Pool for years. It was a bit of a drive and hike, but seeing the amazing blue water was worth it!


Unfortunately, I don’t think I would do the hike again simply because the path was pretty crowded and kinda ruined the experience for me. I really prefer hikes that are quieter and feel like an escape from the city, so this one just didn’t do it for me.


We also couldn’t figure out a way to get down to the water with the dogs, which led to them barking until we turned around and finished the hike. If I lived closer and could do this hike on a weekday, I would try it again to see if it was quieter.


We made a couple stops before the Blue Pool at a waterfall and at Clear Lake, so by the time we were done with the Blue Pool, we decided it was time to make the drive to our hotel. We stayed at Riverhouse on the Deschutes and I loved how dog-friendly it was. They had toys (that Zeke quickly destroyed), treats, and water bowls for the dogs when we checked in.


The price was also reasonable and we really enjoyed the breakfast.


During our Blue Pool hike, we met a man who told us about Smith Rock. I looked up some pictures and we decided we couldn’t leave without attempting it. It was absolutely amazing!


I can’t believe the landscape Oregon has. It was so different from the mountains and waterfalls we usually hike around. The one downside was that it doesn’t have any shade and Gabbar was getting really hot really fast. Luckily, we were carrying tons of water and found an area for him to swim (that he didn’t want to leave).


We hiked a little more and watched some rock climbers before deciding to call it a day since we were all exhausted and had a long drive ahead of us. I really hope we can make it back to Smith Rock to explore it some more on a cooler day!


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