After leaving Canada we made a one night stop in Kennewick, Washington, then crossed over the Columbia River into Oregon driving along the Columbia River Gorge, up onto the Columbia Plateau, and through the outskirts of the Dalles. Gone were the steep mountains, the dense forests, and the waterfalls. For miles all we saw was farm land until we were close to Bend, Oregon, which is located in the high desert about twenty miles from Sunriver Resort, my R & R stop, and Tom’s golf weekend.
We were thrilled when we walked into our room at the resort to find we had a wall of windows and a porch with a view of snow capped Bachelor Mountain and the Medows Golf Course. That evening we sat in our rockers reminiscing about all the beautiful places we had been, the fun we have had, and how we didn’t want our vacation to end.
Fortunately we still had four vacation days remaining! Saturday Tom played Woodlands golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., keeping his ball in play by avoiding the dense forests of Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pines; and I walked the bike trail meandering through the resort, and then sat on the porch reading or looking out at the lovely scenery. This morning I joined Tom driving the golf cart as he played Crosswater, designated by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” and the site of the 50th PGA Professional National Championship, which was just held here a few weeks ago. Needless to say the course was in pristine condition! It was sunny and bright, not the best conditions for taking photographs but I clicked away as the views of Bachelor Mountain and the ponderosa pines reflecting in Deschutes and Little Deschutes rivers were so picturesque. I even attempted to photograph an eagle sitting way up on top of a Lodgepole Pine protecting her nest of hatchlings, and took photos of Tom, who looked awfully handsome standing up on the tee box and putting on the green. Now for some reading, napping, and rocking on the porch!