August 19, 2017
It was soooo nice to sleep in as long as I wanted this morning, in a real bed to boot. Once we were too hungry to lay there any longer, we got up and got an uber to a restaurant called Chow, recommended by Gummies’ parents for breakfast. It was a really cool place, with live music and a vegetable garden and the food was soooo good. I had a veggie eggs benedict and it was amazing.
Once we were done eating we wandered over to REI to do some gear replacements. I got non-DEET bug repellent, which will hopefully work without poisoning me. We visited the local outfitter as well, where I was able to switch out my holey Darn Toughs for a new pair. After all our gear-related errands were done, we got another uber to take us up to Trader Joe’s to resupply. Funnily enough, it was the same uber driver, Walter, who had taken us to breakfast in the morning. We’re used to smaller towns that only have one grocery store, so we decided to take advantage of actually having options here in Bend. We picked out all kinds of cool snacks from Trader Joe’s (definitely too much food for a section that will only take us like 3 days to hike), but still ended up going over to the discount grocery store afterwards to get some stuff for meals.
We got another uber back to the motel, and once again Walter pulled up in his Chevrolet Tahoe to pick us up. It was kind of hilarious, it felt like we had our own personal chauffeur for the day. Back at the motel, we relaxed for a few hours, using the pool and the hot tub, before heading out to dinner and a movie. We went over to the old mill district of Bend, which is a kind of cool shopping area right on the Deschutes River. We had a delicious dinner at an Italian place, and then finally got to go see the new Planet of the Apes movie. We’ve been talking about seeing it for over a month now, and were thwarted in our attempts in both Shasta and Ashland. The movie theatre had a bunch of beer on tap which was kind of fun, and the movie was really good. Not exactly a feel-good film, but I really enjoyed it.
After the movie we walked back home and headed straight to bed, exhausted. This was definitely one of the most relaxing and enjoyable town stays we’ve had, and I’m really glad we ended up forking out the cash to do it. We definitely needed the little vacation from trail life. Tomorrow morning we’ll attempt to hitch up past the fire closures, close to Mount Hood, to get back on the trail. Our first trail morning should have us near Timberline Lodge, where we’re planning to take advantage of the infamous breakfast buffet, which I am suuuuper excited about. It’ll also be the day of the eclipse though, so we’ll see how that goes.