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Smith Rock & The Crooked River, OR

By on June 8, 2016

Day 19: Bend, OR > Smith Rock, OR

Today was a work day spent entirely at the Looney bean coffe shop in Bend. Our friend Clay worked there, so we made ourselves quite comfortable with cold brew and wifi on their shaded patio by the river. We had a lovely dinner with Christine’s oldest friend from Newport, CA – Jamie Ward. She made us chicken sandwiches and talked to us about life in Bend. From there, we drove to Smith Rock State Park. We stealth camped among other camper vans just like ours – excited to wake up in the morning.

Day 20: Smith Rock, OR > Bend, OR

We loved Smith Rock! Getting ready in the morning at the Bivy campsite was full of energy. The climbers all packing up gear and grubbing on breakfast. John & I got our own packs together and took of for a day of exploration. The Smith Rock area is a 7 mile loop of towering rock walls with the Crooked River running through. There were hundreds of climbers attempting huge faces. John & I hiked up Misery Ridge to get to the top of it all. Stunning views awaited us. We got back to camp & John couldn’t help it anymore. He had to climb. Only one problem…I had never outdoor climbed before. I tried to belay him, but I clearly need some instruction. We’ll go to a climbing gym soon to get trained. I was able to climb about 30 feet up a top rope & was very proud. It’s a new skill I’ve got to work on. Climbing is fun! From Smith Rock we drove back to Bend to finish our Ale Trail. What a fun night we had together playing & laughing as we skipped from brewery to brewery. We stumbled back to our sweet home on wheels and made love on the street where we were parked.