"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon

La Pine, Oregon
Bull Bend National Forest

The High Desert Museum came highly recommended so that is where we will spend today.  The Bend area has so much to do that I'm glad we are spending several weeks here.
It was $15 for admission and we spent a few hours looking around.  There is a lot of information on Native Americans, settlers and trappers along with some cute wildlife.


Cute and fluffy?
Now this owl was cute.  It had an eye injury so it has a permanent home here.

I was amazed at the fine bead work and jewelry.

I did like the climbing sections.  Based on the above, some of our more challenging hikes are in the 4.5 range. Amazing to see how they climbed with the old, heavy boots, gear and clothes.
And sometimes there is that mid-grade which can involve whining, crying and bleeding!
Loved the otter exhibit where you can watch them from above and below the water. This was a favorite of the children.

The outside had some exhibits of sawmilling and old homesteads and equipment.
There was a small garden where the kids loved watering the plants.

The chicken yard.
I can't imagine how much work it took to make these fences and corrals with the method.  No nails.
Old sawmill.
Two different types of caterpillars!

See the caterpillar on the Caterpillar?
This horse exhibit was made entirely out of barbed wire.
We still have not seen a condor in the wild.
Afterwards we headed out to downtown Bend for some beer and food at 10 Barrel Brewing.
I had a marinated steak salad and Steve had some wings.  All were delicious.
Back at camp we relaxed and enjoyed our nightly fire.  The guys are determined to burn this giant log up before we leave.



  1. We have Bend on our list for next year - and the museum looks great! Bill has seen a Condor twice in the wild, and I missed it both times :-)

    1. There is so much to do in the Bend/Sisters/La Pine area! You've got to stay at the spot in Bull Bend. You can reserve spot #6 ahead of time. #3 and #5 are FCFS. Bill will love the fishing! Lucky him to see condors twice!

  2. Every time we go to that area the experience is different just by moving a few miles. I hope it isn't too hot. I especially like the hiking level chart.

    1. We were here back in June. I'm still catching up on my blog :-) We're been on the coast lately.


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