One of my favorite views - Black Butte, as seen from northbound 5 south of Mt Shasta City
We took Thor to fresh snow and let him play!
This is his first real encounter with good snow. He was happy!
We brought some goodies from my July trip to Brussels.
Thor snoozing off the afternoon's snow play.
The next morning we continued north along highway 97 and watched sunrise on Mt Shasta
Crossing Glass Lake, we encountered the coldest temperature I remember seeing in California
My roadtrip tradition - selfies with Thor!
The ice on the trees was beautiful
The sun came out as we crossed into Oregon near Klamath Falls
It was cold enough that the recent snow was still clinging to the trees. It made for a beautiful drive to Bend!
Just south of Bend, we decided to stop in Sunriver to walk the trails and stretch out legs.
Thor still loved the snow!
Oh, and it's time to start the Bend Ale Trail! Lunch at Sunriver brewing. Great beer and food!
It also set the tone for the rest of the week.
WE got into Bend and stopped by Whole Foods for some groceries. And what is nearby? Another brewery! Stop number 2 on the Bend Ale Trail.
Later that afternoon we checked into our VRBO rental right in the middle of town. It was a perfect home base for the week.
...and it was within walking distance of lots more breweries!
Thor enjoyed the cozy stove.
The next morning it was off to the Sparrow Bakery for their delicious ocean rolls. Think cinnamon roll but with cardamom.
We met friends at the Badlands and went on a hike with our pups. Thor's friend is Trooper the jack russel!
After our hike we had lunch at - you guessed it - another brewery. This is Crux, and we returned many times throughout the week.
We met other friends here and our pups played in the snow while we stayed in the heated outdoor patio.
That afternoon we wandered around town. David decided to put out the vibe.
They give you beer when you shop in Bend. That's it, we're moving here.
Our first full day in Bend was a success, according to Thor's snores.
The kitchen of our rental, looking out over the hot tub. Oh yeah.
The next day we headed up to Wanoga sno park to do some skiing and snowshoeing with the dogs.
David tried skijoring with Thor for the first time.
Labs do not run in straight lines very well.
Such a beautiful day to be out!
Skijoring through fresh snow.
Great groomed trails for cross-country skiing!
The next day we went hiking at Smith Rock.
Thor checks out the route.
Hiking at Smith Rock
Watch out for the ice!
Rob, Fred, and the Mollys!
Checking out some of the climbing at Smith Rock
We'd been working on the Bend Ale Trail all week. Once you get ten checkins you get a free pint glass!
Back at our favorite place, Crux Brewing.
David and Thor after a few days of outdoors and beer.