around the bend

We thought a weekend in Bend sounded appealing, and now that we have weekends free we asked Linsey’s parents if we might use their beautiful townhouse for a few days. So I took a couple of days off work and off we went.

The drive to Bend took us through Salem, where our adventure began.

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Here’s a hint. Has word reached you about Word of Mouth Bistro? Well, now it has and it’s not a restaurant you’ll want to miss.

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Mauri ordered the famous “Flying Biscuit” and managed to stretch his leftovers out for two more meals!

Fear not; this post will not be about food, though you can be sure we didn’t go hungry, not even for a while. But before we move away from the topic altogether, let me show you how my man travels.


He isn’t fully settled in anywhere until his coffee paraphernalia is in order.


The Inschos’ townhouse is part of a remarkable neighborhood. I’ll include some of its perks later on.


You can see it is lovely on the inside as well.

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OK, so now that you know we were comfortably accommodated——I’ll share a few of the standouts of our weekend, which was truly delightful. Driving along on our way up the road I caught a glimpse of a most unusual tree. We had to double back to get a picture.

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We were headed up toward Smith Rock State Park, a nostalgic return from 20 years in our past.

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We were just kids, newly engaged. (Taken on my film camera, set by timer.)

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We found a nice level path for hiking and had a look around. And when I say we had a look around I mean we were looking around for rattlesnakes. I was, at least.

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Here’s what my camera could see.


Here’s what Mauri’s camera could see.


It’s a golden eagle’s nest.


Check him out.


The rocks attract many climbers. Can you see the line strung between the two peaks?




Yikes! That’s what i have to say.


We did see a little bit of harmless earthbound wildlife doing his best to blend into the landscape.

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Our outdoorsy quota fulfilled, we headed on up the road to see if we could find some kin.

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I spy Mount Jefferson in the distance.

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Cousin Richard greeted us at the Macy homestead. Turns out he wasn’t at all surprised by our surprise visit. His son James had spotted us in town and called ahead. Small town life.

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Richard showed us around to see all the changes that have taken place since our last visit (there were many).

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I’d like to return when the sun is right to get a shadow-free shot of this. I think it would make an exceptional jigsaw puzzle. This is painted on the door of one of their semis. You can see it’s been around a while. And Richard pointed out that the words “MACY RANCHES” were painted over on the top. If you stare at it long enough, you’ll see it.

It was just wonderful to see Richard and the Macy operation. We’ll have to schedule a return when we can see more of the Macy clan.

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Here’s one of the cool advantages of the neighborhood. Every Friday night they show a movie in the park. So Mauri and I snagged two of the Inschos’ chairs and walked up to watch “Sleepless in Seattle” at the neighborhood walk-in. (That’s the moon shining through the tree.)

On our walk home in the dark we could see some garage-sale signs, prompting some morning plans.


He’s been looking for one of these! But before I wrote the check, he did a little research on his phone to make sure he could buy the needed axle adapter to attach it to the back of his recumbent bike. (If his plan works, you’ll see more about it in some upcoming post.)


We walked it home, then headed out again to the neighborhood Farmers Market. Among the many booths, we found


something of interest.

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My man has always loved beautiful wood, and I was drawn to this woodwork as well.


Scott Allen explained the process of his work. The fir comes from a barn that’s more than a century old.

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This picture will speak for itself. (Happy 20th anniversary to us!)


That purchase called for a celebration, don’t you think? We took another walk along the Deschutes River and around the town of Bend.

Our friend Deborah, who introduced us to Word of Mouth Bistro and joined us earlier, recommended the Pine Tavern.

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Can a newly retired pastor walk into a restaurant called Pine Tavern?


We decided it would be OK, then enjoyed a pleasant meal out on the patio. Can you see the pine tree growing through the roof?

You’re probably wondering how we got all of our purchases home, so I’ll remind you that Mauri drives a van, a.k.a the dogmobile. We were eager to see how our new table and bench would fit in our cookin’ room. We haven’t had a functional table for a long time. (Our house has a dining room but we use it as a music room for the piano.)


We love how it looks and even how it fits.



I snapped these before we had finessed the lighting, but I had to take advantage of the natural light. You know how that is.


That’s original paint, two colors, sanded and coated four times with matte finish Rustoleum polyurethane. Our dinner was cooked by Ixtapa (local Mexican restaurant) but eaten at our new table. It works great!

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3 Responses to around the bend

  1. Marcile says:

    Sorry I hadn’t given you the word on Word of Mouth. It IS good, Isn’t it. And l have eaten at Pine Tavern with another retired pastor. Love your new table.

  2. Ridgely says:

    Now that’s a meal! And I love the new table, and it has a bench…perfect seating for moi and the bearded one next time we come your way!

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