Friday, June 28, 2013

Goody's Factory Tour

It was raining...a lot...by the time we got out of the condo and drove to Bend. And then it started hailing. So we started looking for alternatives to our outdoor plans. I had grabbed a bunch of pamphlets from the condo office when we arrived and one of them was for a chocolate and ice cream factory. Score!

When I think factory, I think huge industrial buildings. Not Goody's. It's a little store front with a small factory in the back. There's no signs for the tour when you walk in, but they definitely offer them. The chocolate counter is to the left, the ice cream counter to the right, and a popcorn counter in the middle. When we went there were two girls, one on each end of the shop, and a manager running around. They're all really friendly so just ask one of them for a tour.

Goody's Chocolate and Ice Cream
Goody's Chocolate and Ice Cream

The girl who gave us the tour was super sweet and we were her very first tour. The tour was only $2 and every window featured a specific machine. At every window we got an explanation of the machine and a sample of what it made. So by the end of the tour we got 5-6 candies (caramel popcorn, chocolates, fudge, toffee, caramel, brittle) and a bite of strawberry ice cream.

Goody's Chocolate and Ice Cream

I'm a sucker for ice cream so after the tour I got a scoop of their Butterfinger ice cream. Some versions I've tried were overwhelmed with Butterfinger chunks, but this one was a good balance of ice cream and candy. They offered me samples of all the ice creams too, but I didn't want to over indulge my sweet tooth. I also wanted to get Will something, but the chocolate and ice cream would melt and the popcorn would get crushed. Instead he gets to look at pictures and hear all about it.

Goody's Chocolate and Ice Cream
1111 SE Division Street
Bend, Oregon

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eagle Crest

We finally made to Eagle Crest Resort after the overlook, Smith Rock, and the rock garden. Our condo had two rooms, a fireplace, full kitchen, a little deck with a gas barbecue, two bathrooms, and a washer/dryer. The resort had all kinds of cool things to do. I was hoping to swim, but the pool closest to us was outdoors and it was too cold for it. They had an indoor pool on the other side of the grounds that we wanted to check out, but we were busy with our hikes and sightseeing to make it over during open hours.

Eagle Crest Resort
Eagle Crest Resort

Seester wanted to go work out so Mama, Aunty, and I walked around and found the hiking path. It wraps around the whole resort, but it was getting late and dark so we only walked down to the water and down a little ways.

Eagle Crest Resort
Eagle Crest Resort
Hiya! I broke the tree with my mad skills.
Eagle Crest Resort
My favorite flower

On our way back to the gym we saw a deer! It let us get pretty close, I was surprised.

Eagle Crest Resort

I passed out super early and I was up by 5:30. I woke up hungry so I heated up leftovers and had breakfast on the deck. I was hoping to spot some deer, but no luck. Only golfers. But when Mama woke up and went out there, a deer came right up! Seester tossed her cereal at him (her?) and he (she?) came right up to the railing! We were trying to get him (her?) to eat out of the bowl or Seester's hands, but he (she) wasn't having it.

Eagle Crest
Eagle Crest

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Petersen Rock Garden

Petersen Rock Gardens was an off-the-beaten path, quirky, and fun spot to visit. It's a self service site with an honor box for donations and fees. Seester had a blast running around hunting down all the peacocks for pictures. Previous reviewers complain about the decay and trash, but when we went the grounds were cleaned up and the rock creations were restored. Rasmus Petersen built replicas of buildings and monuments as a tribute to the US. He used rocks, petrified wood, glass, and shells that he found around Redmond. (To read more click here)

In my opinion, it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Petersen Rock Garden
7930 SW 77th St
Redmond, OR 97756

Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden
Petersen Rock Garden

Road trip stop 1, 2

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Smith Rock

Who needs Photoshop when nature is this gorgeous:

Smith Rock
Smith Rock
Mama scaled the rock!
Smith Rock
Smith Rock
Monkey Face above Wolf Tree Trail
Smith Rock
Smith Rock
Smith Rock
Smith Rock
Smith Rock

Smith Rock is perfect for outdoorsy types. There's hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and gorgeous scenery. We didn't hike to the top, we chose to do a more relaxing walk along Crooked River. I think it's totally worth visiting. We bought our day-use pass, but we forgot to put it on the dash. No big deal, we had a friendly reminder on the windshield. I think they gave us a pass since the machine next to where we parked was out of service.

Smith Rock State Park
9241 NE Crooked River Dr
Terrebonne, OR 97760

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Birthday and a Gorgeous View

I was going to make a special birthday post…but it was just a really uneventful/relaxing day. I hung out at home until Mama got off work and we did a little shopping. Actually, I don’t think I bought anything. So it was a window shopping trip. Then we went to our favorite sushi spot for some $1 sushi. Sounds sketch right? Don’t care. We love it.

Umenoki Kaiten Sushi
9738 SE Washington Ste M
Portland, OR 97216

Ech's Birthday
My "holy crap I'm 27" face
Baby Ech
Baby Ech

Seester flew in the day after my birthday and we went on a family road trip with Mama and her seester. Aunty has a time share out at Eagle Crest in Central Oregon so we went out there for a few days. We made a few stops along the way out there. Our first stop was at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint off Route 97. It was one of those “Oh that looks cool, should we stop? Sure, we've been driving awhile and that looks like a pretty place for a break.” kind of stops.

It was a perfect place for a pit stop. There were picnic benches, a big parking lot with room for RV’s and trailers, and decent bathrooms. The basalt cliffs and the river canyon were absolutely gorgeous and we went crazy with pictures…or at least I did.










On our way out, we noticed two crazy pants climbing down the cliffs on the opposite side of the viewpoint. Apparently it was a father and daughter. The mom was watching from our side, taking pictures and holding her breath. I really hope they made it out okay. They were struggling to get down; I don’t even know how they were going to climb out.


We visited a ton of really cool places in the Redmond/Bend/Sisters area and saw a lot of beautiful places. Get excited for future posts!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Traveling

First off, HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
daddy and me
Me and my daddy on the Big Island



I love airports and I hate planes.

Traveling is always filled with mixed feelings. Like this trip for instance:

My sweet husband wrote this message to me on Facebook and got me all teary:

Facebook love

Now that I've traveled some with Will, I hate traveling without him. I get slightly...not agitated, but...maybe stressed...when traveling. I've been traveling long distances for almost 17 years so I've got the whole system down. I even impressed the security guards at the Venice and Amsterdam airports. Nope, no belt or anything in my pockets. Here's my baggy of liquids. Everything's already on the conveyor and I'm off before the people ahead of me even have all their things collected. Anyway, I get slightly stressed about triple checking to make sure I'm at the right gate with the right flight number. I always feel like I'm going to miss the announcements and somehow miss my flight. I'm just a bundle of nerves until I'm on the plane. Will keeps me calm in situations like that. And he's great for cuddling and as a pillow on the flight. And he carries all the heavy stuff in his backpack for me. His presence is always missed when I travel without him.

But I'm overly excited about finally going to Portland after almost two years of being away. It'll be so good for my soul and morale to see all of my friends and my family and the city I grew up in.

Venice airport
These were all solar powered so as the sun rose, they rocked back and forth more and more. So fun to watch!
Venice airport
I tried to find my bag as they loaded the plane in Venice.
above the clouds
Somewhere north of Italy and south of the Netherlands
Amsterdam airport
The big beautiful plane taking me home to Portland
on the plane
Bathroom picture on the plane...this was about halfway through when I started to lose my sanity.

Mama and I dropped off my things and immediately headed out to get me a phone. I have lots of people to see and Will needed a way to get a hold of me so getting a US phone was absolutely first priority. But first, we stopped for Dutch Bros Coffee. I had to post this picture because one of my friends always posts his coffee pictures from Dutch Bros when he visits Portland. Finally, it's my turn to rub it in his face.

Dutch Bros Coffee

After we got my phone and walked around Bridgeport Village, we stopped by Uwajimaya for some delicious Asian and Hawaiian food. We were so good and restrained ourselves and only walked out with three bags...and 4 Beard Papa's cream puffs. I haven't eaten mine yet. I'm saving them for breakfast.

Beard Papa's cream puffs
Uwajimaya
10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale HWY
Beaverton, OR 97005


By the time we got home again, the excitement of being home finally wore off and I crawled into bed. Day 1 down. So happy to be home!