Into eastern Oregon
28.08.2013 - 29.08.2013
There is just something calming and peacefully exciting when we drive east from Bend. Is it the wide open high desert, with the broad horizontal lines of the sky meeting the sagebrush? Perhaps the sweep of mountains rising from the irrigated fields brings a sense of contentment. Maybe the calm is found in the blue of the sky, with the drift of creamy white clouds creating shadows over the land.
Whatever it is, I find each time we drive east from Bend, it is the beginning of an adventure I look forward to embracing with a calm pleasure. This trip is no different...plans to see places, do things and find challenges that will stretch my experience and give me renewed gratitude for being able to travel these wondrous roads.
Bud and I soaked in the flat and full landscape that first evening, literally, at Crystal Crane Resort. This is not a fancy RV resort -- seven RV gravel pads with power and water hook-ups pretty much like a parking lot. There are also a few rustic cabins, a teepee, and a few motel-like units, all collected around a central "campers kitchen" and a rec lounge. In short, a funky place in the middle of Oregon.
But -- the real draw is the hot springs pool! The pond is fed by natural hot springs, with the hot water pumped onto the pool continuously. A black-pea-gravel bottom in the pond makes it easy to enter and walk around, finding a personal special spot where the temperature is just right, cool or hot. On this evening, the water temperature was reported as 96 degrees at the warmest spot ,but normally it is just over 100. The pond is large, quite easy to socialize with the few others in the pool, or just hang out by yourself and enjoy.
A great way to begin a Weg Wandering!