Bend Oregon and Surrounding Area

I was finally able to say that I saw Bend, OR this summer. For all the years that I have lived in Oregon and for all the parts of the state that I have seen; I hadn’t made it out to the middle. So glad I did and excited to do more exploring in the future. Here are 5 places explored and to explore in the future.

Is there a place in your state that you haven’t ever been to you?

  1. Cove Palisades State Park
  2. Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  3. Smith Rock State Park
  4. Pine Mountain Observatory
  5. Bend, OR

Travel in Southern Oregon

Traveling in the world of COVID hasn’t been a lot fun mostly because travel isn’t happening. For someone that loves her weekend getaways to new places, this year has been a total bust. However, I have managed to take a few small trips here and there to places closer to home. Here are some great places discovered in my own backyard.

What travel destinations are you finding closer to home?

  1. Ashland, OR
  2. Medford, OR
  3. Grants Pass, OR
  4. Lost Creek Lake
  5. Crater Lake

The Great Taco Run of 2020

Raise your hand if tacos are your thing! Yup, they are in this house. A while I ago I saw a post about a taco truck trip and since no one can travel far from home this summer, we decided to check it out for ourselves.

We created our own rating system with the possibility of a perfect score at 35. The highest score achieved was 31.5 and the lowest was 7. Some of the items we graded for were tortilla, meat, beans, and size.  Below are 5 of our favorite stops with their score.

What are you doing to get to know your area a little better this summer?

  1. El Jalisco located at 8726 SW Barber Blvd Portland, OR (Rating: 31.50)
  2. Don Pedro at 5900 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver, WA (Rating 25.75)
  3. Trejo’s Mexican at 1833 W Court Street Pasco, WA (Rating: 28.50)
  4. Raliberto’s Taco Shop at 233 128th Street Everett, WA (Rating: 28.75)
  5. El Chapulin Oaxaqueno at 4451 California Ave SW Seattle, WA (Rating: 28.50)

Travel Plans . . .Interrupted

Raise your hand if you had some travel plans interrupted this year . . . yup, both my hands are raised. It sucks. I have a hard time just sitting still and not exploring. I really want to get out on all my missed vacations. Luckily, I have been able to rebook two of them for the fall but two of them require borders to be reopened.

Because of those earlier missed trips, I can’t really plan any new trips and that sucks as well. So here I am . . .waiting . . .and waiting . . .for the ability to travel again freely.

So here are 5 memes to show how happy I will be the first day back on my first day of travel. How will you look?