If we’re eating the last of the leftovers for breakfast,
we must be translocating?
If we’re handing in the keys to the apartment, we must be
If we’re driving out of the “The Ridge”, we must be translocating?
The big deal? It’s our last translocation in North
America except for some flight movements to get back home!
We’re travelling from Sunriver to Welches, North Oregon
today but before we leave, we photograph the semi-frozen waterfall that we have
passed every day this last week. Such an ergonomically efficient logo.
Yesterday we missed out on Benham and Dillon Falls but
this morning it’s on our way.
Well that is if one calls 9-miles down the corrugated,
gravel Conklin Road on one’s way! But well worth the effort. First, we meet Kim,
a flight attendant from Oregon, taking a rehabilitative, post ankle-surgery
walk in the forest. A friendly and informative 20-minute chat later we see that
the last of the Lesser Pink-crested Blue-bellied Bridge-warblers has shed its
This bird should not be confused with the Lesser Blue-hooded
Blue-legged River-warbler that we see on the banks of the Deschutes River below
The view of the falls is into the light and does not
adequately capture the beauty of these cascades but the pond below is an
It’s now a short hop and a skip to see Dillon Falls off
the Cascade Lakes Road. On the short walk to the falls we see Cooper’s Hawk –
fabulous sighting, close by, great setting, good light – wrong lens.
The location and structure of the falls should have
American Dippers flocking here in their thousands but…….all we get is a feeling
we’re being closely watched.
Cooper’s Hawk is still around on our return, so Bernie
gets the big lens out. It’s another great sighting he’s taking a bath, we have
the right lens, but the light is bad and he’s far away. Bernie’s looking round for
Murphy to ask him to cut us some slack.
We finally enter Bend via SW Century Drive over the Bill
Healy Memorial Bridge that we walked under yesterday on our walk. Bend is definitely
a liveable town.
As we drive out of Bend, past Redmond and Terrabon, we
have the beautiful Cascade Range of mountains strung out along the horizon in
all their glory, shimmering in the sunlight.
We lunch in Madras at the Organic Earth Cafe & Market
on pricey but delicious sandwiches and a Trade War export stout for Bernie.
For five days we have been stressing – we accidentally
burned the kitchen counter-top trying to make popcorn in an unfamiliar pot on
an unfamiliar stove. An unfortunate incident but quite accidental – to date
every countertop in every kitchen has been granite! Don’t believe any of the
internet theories on how to remove burn marks from melamine, we tried them all
and they remain just that – theories. Day of reckoning, Rhonda phones to ask if
we know anything about the mark – we do, and we will cover any costs of repair.
Phew that’s a relief!
First close-up sight of Mount Hood, the highest Oregon peak
of the Cascade Mountain Range at 11,329-feet and the fourth highest in the
whole range, Mt Rainier being the highest.
The mandatory stop at the Welches Information Centre for
passport stamping and trail info and then on to registration at Whispering
Woods, Nicklaus Way, Welches, OR our home for the next week and our last in
North America. (Sounds of deep lamentation and regret!)