When we got to bend we decided to check out a bottle shop to see if we could find goodies to bring back to California. This place was in an old church. Loved it.
Then we stopped at 10 Barrel for lunch and a split sampler. Nice beers, great food.
Okay, with all that calorie consumption out the way it was time to seek out some snow. We drove out towards Mt Bachelor until we found a sno-park with enough snow on the ground to ski.
We did the 4 mile round trip ski to the Swampy hut. It had a stove inside and would have been a nice place to stop for a hot chocolate if 1) we weren't running out of daylight and 2) it was cold enough to want hot chocolate.
My sticks. I need better backcountry skis that I can actually turn on. Better check the sales this year...
The conditions were terribly icy. Recent freezing rain and the daily melt-freeze cycle had turned the area into a skating rink.
You can see the icy reflection on this meadow.
I just stuck my skis in the tracks and kept moving. There were a couple of downhill spots where I wiped out when the tracks fell apart and my skis hit ice. Ouch!
After our ski we checked into our hotel, McMenamins, which had this incredible bathroom. The tubs felt great after skiing!
From our hotel, several amazing breweries were within walking distance. For dinner, we headed to Crux Fermentation project.
Not only were the beers amazing, the food was pretty killer too. I had the baked chili mac and D had the charcuterie plate.
After crux, we walked over to Bend Brewing co to enjoy a glass of their Ching Ching, a gold medal winning american sour that is one of my favorite sours around. Tastes like a sweeTART.
And what did we discover in Bend? A Loony Bean! Our favorite east side coffee house has a shop up here. It's even where the roast the beans. I could move here...
Since we didn't feel like skiing on ice again, we decided to head north to Smith rock, a popular climbing spot. Although we didn't bring our climbing gear along, we still figured a nice hike to check out the place was worth it.
Hiking at smith rock.
There was chalk everywhere. Made me miss my climbing gear.
Bolts and chalk
Looking down on the river as we climbed around the rocks.
Smith Rock hiking
One of the many signed routes.
Smith rock reminded me a bit of Pinnacles.
Monkey Face, famous formation at Smith Rock
Monkey Face from below
At the base of Monkey Face
Several of these around the area. Safety first!
Signs of climbs everywhere - loved the chalk on the arete.
Looked up and saw a line between the two pillars.
More chalk-covered arete.
Looking up at the line - there is someone slacklining up there.
He kept making it about 1/4 of the way across and would fall.