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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bend, Oregon: Hiking & Breweries - Page 2

Written by David Clewett
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In downtown Bend we made our way to 900 Wall which is a popular restaurant in the heart of downtown and right across the street from the historic Tower Theater.  The experience in the restaurant was flawless and they have a superb happy hour menu.  We had two of the best sandwiches we’d ever had and excellent cocktails as well.  The place had a perfect ambiance with a low rumble of lively conversation that couldn’t be described as noise but more like energy.  

 

After dinner we made our way across the street for a movie at historic Tower Theater in downtown Bend.  It is an iconic landmark for the town with the florescent tower poking high above the rest of the buildings.  It was originally built in 1940 but has undergone renovations over the years.  The facility is beautiful both inside and out.  The movie they were showing was The Big Lebowski but they often have live entertainment as well. What made the movie going experience worth mentioning is that it wasn’t just a quiet theater movie.  There was the historic building, the energetic vibe of the crowd, a costume contest, and crowd participation as everyone laughed and shouted and sang during some of more notable scenes in the movie.  It was truly a communal experience making a great first impression of the people of Bend.

 

 

One of the first hikes on our Bend adventure was the Shevlin Park hike.  Afterwards we went to 10Barrel Brew Pub to get the Bend Ale Trail underway.  We ordered a flight of their beers and a pizza that Mallory said was “the best pizza I ever had.”  As we were enjoying the outdoor seating and sunshine we got to talking with our server and let her know we were heading out for more hiking.  When we told her we were on our way to Smith Rock she insisted that we must hike the Misery Ridge Trail.  Of course, we were excited by any trail called misery but she also warned that we shouldn’t look down below until we reached the top due to the narrow trail and intense elevation change.  

Misery Ridge Trail 

There are many ways to experience Smith Rock but the Misery Trail is one of the best hikes as a test of endurance.  It is a 3.8 mile looping trail leading to the Monkey Face Viewpoint.  We arrived at Smith Rock and quickly prepared for our next adventure.

Smith Rock 1

We walked excitedly down to the river to find the trailhead where we were greeted by several winded and tired hikers who were holding their legs and backs and panting after making the return trip from the summit.  It was at that point we realized we were in for a serious test.  

 

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