Thursday, August 30, 2012

Off to Oregon

It's almost September which means it's time to leave the summer fun of Illinois behind and open a new race season for Holly. Her next race is the Sunriver Marathon in Sunriver, Oregon. The race takes place around the Sunriver Resort and neighboring community.

Since this is our first time to Oregon we decided to spend a few days in the area and take in some sights. We are landing in Portland late so there will only be time to check-in, grab a snack at a nearby microbrewery, then head to bed. The next morning we have a 3.5 hour drive to The city of Bend in Central Oregon.

Bend has been described as "The New Boulder". Lots of great local businesses, an environmental focus, and great outdoor activities. It's also a very beer-focused city (surprised we're going here?) and to learn more about their 10+ breweries in the area we are taking The Bend Brew Bus Tour. We're getting picked up at our hotel, the Old St. Francis, that is attached to a microbrewery!

We're spending the rest of our trip at the Sunriver Resort, which is a half hour from Bend. We'll do some biking, drive to some local nature things (lots of State Parks), and do a few more things in Bend. We need to get our passports stamped at all the stops on the Bend Ale Trail. We have plans to do some Stand Up Paddleboarding along the river. Thanks to, we've lined up a free fly fishing course. There's about a 90% chance Dave gets a hook stuck in his finger and a 95% chance he'll tangle the line beyond repair.

So get ready for a race report, food and drink reports, ugly photos (and some good ones too), and some fun over the next few weeks!

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