High Desert

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2015


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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, August 22, 2013

We made our way east over the Cascade Mountain Range to the town of Bend. Here the ponderosa pine forest transitions into the high desert, characterized by arid land, junipers, sagebrush, and bitter-brush. Originally a crossing point on the Deschutes river, settlement began in the early 1900s. Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905. Economically, it started as a logging town but is now identified as a gateway for many outdoor sports.

We could only stay a few days in town, there were no spaces available in the state parks or RV campgrounds. I was told by some of the locals that three campgrounds had been sold to build shopping centers and homes, but due to funding none were built. This has left the city having less spaces for RV'er like us. In order to stay longer you have to plan in advance, which you know I do not like to do!

Since we only had a short time we spend a day at The High Desert Museum, just outside of town. Opened in 1982, it brings regional wildlife, culture, art and natural resources together to promote an understanding of natural and cultural heritage of North America’s high desert country. The museum uses indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural-like habitats, and living history demonstrations to help people discover and appreciate the high desert environment.

We later went downtown to check-out the open market.
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