Apr 22, 2014

Living in Bend, Oregon


A few days ago my husband and I drove out to the Tumalo Reservoir. We are looking to buy a house somewhere around Bend, Oregon and so we like to drive around and check out neighborhoods. I really like this area as it is still hilly and green and the views of the snowy mountains are beautiful.

If you are not familiar with Bend it is a lovely town in Central Oregon. It is high desert so it is usually sunny (more so than most places in Oregon) and it gets chilly at night. There are a lot of juniper trees and ponderosa pines. You can almost always see at least one snowy mountain in most of the places around here. The downtown is really cute with greats shops and restaurants. It was one of the things that sold us. It also has several breweries and great places to walk to.

The Deschutes River runs through the town which also makes this place so beautiful. Mt. Bachelor which is a great place to go skiing or snowboarding is about a 20 minute drive from Bend. You can see on the map that we are on the border of the forest and dry desert so we get the beautiful views of the mountains but not as much rain. 


Overall we really like it here. It is nice to be closer to my husband's family and our friends in Portland which is about a 3 hour drive from Bend. Of course we miss the warmer tropical climate and beautiful beaches and ocean on Maui but living on an island is very limiting and expensive if you want to purchase a home. Its nice to be in a new location and exploring different places. :)

Have you ever been to Bend, Oregon? What do you think? 

All photos by Rachel Follett

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Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


Hope everyone is having a great Easter Sunday! We did our egg dying the other day so today we are going to make deviled eggs with them. :)

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Apr 17, 2014

DIY: Dying Eggs Naturally


I recently came across Jenna Park's story on Steller on how to dye eggs using natural colors and was instantly inspired to make my own! I ended up using blackberries for bluish purple, beets for reddish pink, and turmeric for yellow. I originally wanted to make green with spinach but it didn't quite work out. I read that you need to use frozen spinach and baking powder to make it work. I ended up using turmeric instead.

Apr 15, 2014

Smith Rock Hike, Central Oregon

Last week my husband and I hiked the Smith Rock trail and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Hiking up the steep rock in 70 degree weather was more difficult than I had anticipated.

The trail is called Misery Ridge Trail and it definitely feels exactly that when you are hiking up it. However watching people climb the rocks made the hike not seem so hard. It was pretty incredible watching people climb to the top of these rocks.

Apr 8, 2014

Cherry Blossoms


My husband and I climbed Smith Rock yesterday! On our way back we found these beautiful cherry blossom trees and I had to stop and take a picture. :) I have tons of photos from the Smith Rock hike and will be going through them soon. Stay tuned!

I've got this print available in my society6 shop along with these other goodies. :) 

http://society6.com/RachelFollett/Cherry-Blossoms-CkW_Print#1=45


What did you do this weekend? Anything fun? 


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