Highway to Hoeftland

Adventures with Kristin & Mike

Greetings,

Last weekend we took a secluded trip to a cabin at Shelter Cove Resort and Marina. It’s about 1 hour and 30 minutes from our house in Bend.

Cabin overlooking Odell Lake

Due to the pandemic, we hadn’t done anything in weeks and needed a change of scenery. The cabin and grounds didn’t dissapoint.

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We’ve lived in Bend, Oregon for over five years now, and although we’ve previously visited Paulina Falls, we’ve never camped at or experienced the nearby Paulina Lake Campground – until now.

For our wedding anniversary, we decided to go tent camping close to home. Paulina Lake Campground is a mere 45 minutes away from our house, so it made the trip easier than usual.

I love trees🌲

We wish we had discovered this delightful place sooner. It’s a very beautiful campground with lots of pine trees, a small lake that you can rent motorized boats on, fairly spacious sites, a scenic trail loop that takes you all the way to the falls, and more. (I made a video about the experience below.)

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Mike and I went kayaking at Lake Merwin. Despite the rainy weather, it was wonderful out on the lake!

Wildlife Sightings & Beauty

We saw a Great Blue Heron, which is captured on the video below! The lake was glass-like, tranquil, beautiful, and peaceful. What a great experience.

If you’re thinking about kayaking somewhere in the Pacific NW, I would like to suggest a morning at Lake Merwin. We hope to go kayaking again soon, and maybe next time, it will be 80 degrees and sunny? 🤞☀️🌅

Below is a video of our experience. Mike likes to wave hello, so we had a little fun with it. 😁🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

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I miss hanging out at restaurants and bars. I’m getting very hungry and thirsty as this physical distancing drags on. Not only that, I’ve also placed myself on a diet. :-/

So, while we eat low-salt, low calorie, simple home-cooked meals from the couch during the pandemic, I figured I’d share 10 random tasty places Mike and I enjoy during normal times in Bend, Ore. 🙂

Maybe next time you are here, you can stop at one of these gems!


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