It’s the FREAKIN weekend baby about to have me some fun!
Making the drive from Portland to Bend, Oregon is about 3 hours 20 minutes without traffic, stopping, or missing your turn.
Rather than head straight to Bend I made a mini road trip out of it, first stop Maupin.
FRIDAY: Rafting the Deschutes
Don’t let this photo fool you.
This town is known for some of the best white water rafting in Oregon. With class 3 and 4 rapids along the Deschutes River naturally, I had to see what all the hype was about.
The company I went with was rather amazing. Firstly, they waited for me to find them. Y’all there is nothing good about t-mobile anything outside of the big cities, forget about getting service. After using a strangers phone to contact Nate (my river guide) we are back in business.
There are quite a few companies in this area so be sure to get an exact meeting location to prevent getting left behind.
Nate’s Rogue Adventures is a choice I’d make again and again. Nate, himself was our guide, with his contagious energy, wealth of knowledge, and passion for the way of the river there wasn’t a dull moment on our trip. To say I was impressed would be an understatement.
He is a master of the river and its awesome features. From natural water slides, surfing the waves to the infamous 8′ Oak Creek Falls (which some guides won’t even attempt).
Essentially, when you partake in these extreme sports, your fate is at the liberty of the guide. I’ll say as fun and lighthearted of a dude Nate was, the moment I knew I made the right decision was when Nate went into survivor mode. We had two solo Kayaks in our group and before anyone in our raft even realized one was overboard and caught in the wild waters, Nate was giving us specific instructions on what needed to happen to perform this rescue. He was already 10 steps ahead. The waters are unpredictable, but this was no match for Nate. You could choose any company, but I will tell you, I wouldn’t go with anyone else on this river. Thank you Nate for an unforgettable experience!
Next stop Alpaca Country Estates. This Bed and Breakfast is located in Terrebonne, Oregon lays across 134 acres of serenity overlooking the Three Sisters and Mt. Hood. A breathtaking destination with an unobstructed, captivating viewpoints for both sunset and sunrise.
The best part of it all, is you’re sharing the view with some of the best company, over 1,000 alpacas.
Your hosts, Nancy and Art are two of the most kindhearted human beings who live with a rare sense of purity. Their love for each other just makes your heart melt. Not only that, but you wouldn’t believe the passion they have for these little guys. I mean how could you not, it’s rather hilariously awesome.
Not only do they own one of the largest alpaca ranches in the world, but they are fashionistas with an adorable boutique a range of crafting classes, participating in the annual 100 mile bike race goes right through the grounds. They also host an square dancing events (side note: Nancy and Art met square dancing OMG adorable is an understatement). Reality of the matter is, y’all need to come check out this ranch. I cannot wait to go back!
Here is a link to their Airbnb If you are ever in the area, honestly, this is a MUST SEE!
After you’re done with breakfast head on over to Smith Rock, a staple of central Oregon. There are numerous trail options, and is renowned for their rock climbing. Head in early because much of this trail is exposed!
This is also home to the infamous Monkey Rock, Can you see the face?
Time to head on over to Bend, a town of 80,000 adventure enthusiasts. Exploding with activities, you may want more than one night here! I will 100% be back for more fun!
This next Airbnb in Bend is THE CUTEST! Affordably priced for the area with absolute gems for hosts Katie and Ryan, who were more than accommodating. Between their perfectly nested location, impeccably clean space, and perfectly private studio. They not only had tons of recommendations for the area, but for an hourly fee will give the tourists a local experience.
Katie took me on a hike up to Pilot Butte, an awesome place to catch the sunrise, or sunset having panoramic views and is the highest point in the city. This was a fairly easy hike, but a staple of Bend. This is a great option for those who just want to show up and forget the stress of planning.
Until next time, yall!
Remember: Live as big as you dream!