Lots of photos again, from telegentic places. I'll try to pick only a few, and you can go to the FB gallery for more. Still, a lot got packed in two days, so I'm going to split this section in two: Bend and Environs.
1853 Settler, High Desert Museum 12/30/12
The tickets to the High Desert Museum from the library were only good for a week, so we planned for Sunday.
The Museum itself is fairly large, and much of it was closed or inaccessible in the winter. We saw most, though not all, of the main building. Great stuff. If I thought they'd come back more frequently I would have gotten a family membership for them.
Rescue Lynx, High Desert Museum 12/30/12
A lecturer on cats in the High Desert was right near the live lynx. All the live mammals were rescued from the wild, and glad to be in a safe place with guaranteed meals.
The family in front of a High Plains Indian Tipi. High Desert Museum 12/30/12
One of the exhibits featured live actors playing the roles of various people in 1853, a time of influx for the area. Settlers came by Conestoga Wagon from Independence, MO (The Oregon Trail), though their original starting point might have been further away. (top photo) Trappers worked the area, military men kept order.
Butterfly, High Desert Museum 12/30/12
The butterfly room was pretty nifty.
The visit capped off with a butter snake that the kids could hold. Legend's favorite part.
Snapping Turtles, High Desert Museum 12/30/12
Legend and Butter Snake, High Desert Museum 12/30/12
The next day, Dec. 31st, Wenonah and Justin were off surfing (!) on the coast. They spend New Year's with friends.
This would be the first MN-StF New Years I've missed since moving to Mpls in 1978. I was content to hang out with Carole and the grandkids, but wunderlust ran in my veins.
Bangii and Mural, Westside Bakery & Cafe 12/31/12
We set out and immediately needed... coffee. The Dutch Brothers drive through coffee place gave us advice amidst excellend coffee and bitter cold: Breakfast could be had back in Bend, and recommended the Westside Bakery and Cafe. So our grand adventure began at a sort of hippy-eque place, sort of an upscale Seward Cafe (for those of you who know the Mpls eatery).
Westside Bakery & Cafe 12/31/12
Good, though not great, food, but the waitresses were kid-friendly and the decor interesting.
Dave and Holiday Elvis, Westside Bakery & Cafe 12/31/12
Okay. With the kids fed and the adults sufficiently caffeinated, we were off at last.
Continued in 20121231pm-0102 Trip to Oregon and Back: High Desert Environs.