North Twin Lake Oregon

This is a small but popular campground and lake just north of the South Twin Resort. Located next to North Twin Lake, this site offers opportunities for fishing in the summer as well as the winter. There is also a little beach at the shallow end of the lake that is great for wading and swimming.

There’s an interpretive trail leaving the campground near the water that informs visitors about “dwarf mistletoe” infecting the ponderosa pine trees in the area.
There is a boat launch area within this campground.Water levels vary little over the season and the lake is rich with weed beds.
At a Glance
Reservations:  visit HoodooRecreation.com.
Fees Per night, per site fee: $14/first vehicle; $7/each additional vehicle.
Open Season: 4/20/2017 – 10/31/2017
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum site spur length is 30 feet.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet  Not my favorite, and heavily used!!!
General Information : Motorized boats are prohibited on this body of water. 
Directions:
From Bend, OR: Travel 26.8 miles south on Highway 97 to Wickiup Junction, then 11.0 miles west on County Road 43, then continue 4.6 miles west on County Road 42, and finally 0.2 miles south on County Road 4260.

On a personal note, we made it around the lake on a very nice groomed trail and found two very nicely placed geocaches. I also left a painted rock on a log, hopefully someone special will find and it puts a smile on their face. Next we are going to Paddle Board this lake as it is so calm, serene and scenic. Please join us for the next adventure and Cheers to all from JUST AROUND THE BEND♥♥♥♥♥liz-logo-1DCIM100GOPROGOPR0786.

PAINTED ROCKS – LIZ’S AND more!!!

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If you do not already paint rocks, you might not want to read any further. Painting rocks is addicting, enjoyable and medicinal.
It all started when my lovely daughter in law showed me her collection of artful rocks she had been painting, I was hooked. She leaves her painted treasures everywhere she goes, especially when she is traveling. The strategically placed rocks are for people to find, post the find on face book, move the rock to another location, or just keep for their enjoyment. I then at her suggestion joined through Facebook Bend Rocks and RV Rocks (its Free). So far I have painted about 40 rocks and only left 5 as they are so cute it’s hard to leave them,. I have to work on that.HA… As I travel, I will also be leaving my creations and hopefully you find them along your way.

Here is an example of Alicia’s (daughter in laws) artful rocks.


JUST AROUND THE BEND♥♥♥♥♥

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FORT VANCOUVER

Hub of the “Oregon Trail” Fort Vancouver is a National Historic Site. One of over 380 parks in the National Park System.

Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.

Fort Vancouver was a 19th-century fur trading hub that was the headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Since 1966 several buildings have been reconstituted on their original location. As you arrive and walk through the front gates it gives you an idea of what life was like when Fort Vancouver was the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to Ft Vancouver, there is a must visit to Pearson Field, one of the Nation’s Oldest Operating Airfields. The Pearson Air Museum is an aviation museum at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Managed by the National Park Service as part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, museum exhibits …Fascinating and informative self guided tour which takes approx 1  to 2  hours and admission is FREE.

 

After all of the walking and touring it’s time for lunch at “The Grant House”. Tucked away on Officers Row in Vancouver’s Historic Reserve is an exceptional dining experience.  Vancouver’s Best Kept Secret!

Whether you’re in the mood to relax with a glass of wine on their veranda, have a leisurely lunch on the garden patio, or join them for dinner.  We joined the grant house for lunch and it was very memorable. Here is a little example of a featured soup.

F A L L   C H O W D E R   $4/$6
Locally grown pumpkin, butternut squash, yams and sweet potatoes stewed with a fall spiced cream, topped with candied bacon & toasted pumpkin seeds.


Visitor Information:
Address: 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661
Facilities at Fort Vancouver NHS, including the reconstructed fort, Pearson Air Museum, and the Visitor Center, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm, and closed Sundays and Mondays.
Phone: (360) 816-6230
Management: National Park Service
Architect: John McLoughlin

Until Our Next Road Trip Cheers from Just Around The Bend ♥

Wallowa Oregon Road Trip

ROAD TRIP FOR JUST AROUND THE BEND

We aren’t used to leaving home without ” Rufus” our home on wheels, but we have super good friends in Enterprise Oregon who invited us to visit for a long weekend. Took us about two minutes to think it over and next thing you know we are on a road headed to Enterprise, Oregon near the majestic  Wallowa’s. It took about 8 hours of driving to reach our destination, but well worth it, beautiful scenery, good roads and plenty of fueling stations along with lots of good coffee stops (super important).♥

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Wallowa Mountains

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Dave and Jen

Dave and Jen are great tour guides, taking us to some of the most beautiful country that remains to this day untouched by man. Below is a picture of a prairie that has never been plowed or planted by man and  where buffalo still roam freely.

Next stop on our tour was the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area. Talk about take you back in time, this is how it should be. Small, quaint and well maintained. The people here all know each other and meeting at the ski lift is a family event. It even has a very interesting art piece as you enter the ski area. Open Saturday and Sundays, $20.00 for an adult and $10.00 for under 15 years of age. WOW what a deal.

Most of the people that live in this tight knitted countryside are cattle or hay farmers.On this day we ran into a woman herding cattle right down the middle of the roadway on a four wheeler and beside her in an infant seat was her baby.The cattle you see are very specially raised on all natural pasture, no antibiotics and Organic all of the way.  I was ready to move to Enterprise.

It was time for coffee, right!  And maybe a bite to eat.So off we headed to The Red Horse Coffee Traders, who roast their own beans in house and it is fabulous. Our friends highly suggested a Quinoa Bowl, whole size$ 12.00 and half $8.95. We opted for of course the whole bowl and split it, glad we did as it was enormous, but so, so good. Fresh organic ingredients with layers of flavors indescribably delish. If you are ever near Joseph, Oregon look them up you won’t be sorry.

Menu includes: Coffee, Breakfast, Lunch, Breads and Pastries-everything is made with fresh local organic ingredients and  made from scratch in house. Yum

Now that we are stuffed, we needed a walk and our tour guides had another brilliant idea, to walk The Nez Perce Trail. Talk about the most beautiful country, this scenic trail was a easy walk with views of the mountains and  takes you to the beginning of  Wallowa Lake, just spectacular. Good job tour guides. ♥

How do you top all of this off, between the fun stores in Joseph and the amazing places to eat, besides the walking tours, it just doesn’t get better-RIGHT. Well there is always another stop that is one of the best restaurants we have ever eaten at. This will be our 4th time to eat here and reservations must be made, believe me make reservations weeks before you plan to visit.

Vali’s Alpine Restaurant, 59811 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, Oregon 97846. A wonderful family restaurant, featuring one entree a night including Hungarian classics like

 Chicken Paprikas and Kettle Goulash with Fry Bread (lángos).  You can still get Schnitzel on Sundays and hot fresh homemade doughnuts on the weekends!  Not to mention their amazing desserts all made in house, from scratch with fresh organic ingredients. Needless to say we had another  fabulous dinner and a truly special time with our best friends ever.

Sad to say we must return to Bend, with of course heavy hearts at saying until next time. Dave and Jen  have been so much fun and catching up on old times was healing for especially Jen and I. So goodbye my friends, until our next adventure.

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FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND (LIZ) ♥