Highway to Hoeftland

Adventures with Kristin & Mike

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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Hello, I’d like to bring you on a video tour of our 32 foot 1970’s Komfort Travel Trailer. I took this video last weekend when we were up at the lake.

This old trailer and site at Lake Merwin were handed down to my sister and me when our mom passed away in 2010.

We’ve mostly kept the trailer as Mom had styled it, with her religious mementos and her chosen artwork on the walls. The rocking chair has been in the living room for as long as I can remember.

Our future plans for the space include a covered 32×16 cedar deck by this fall and we’d also like to eventually replace the flooring. Other than that, we pretty much intend to keep it as is.

Part of the comfort and peaceful feeling of being up there is because it reminds us of hanging out at home with mom. ❤️

Here is the video tour:

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