Taking a walk downtown in Bend, Oregon
Shortly after we arrived in Bend, we decided that it was a very friendly town for pedistrians, and after a walk to the downtown area, our perception was underscored.
Although Bend has reached a population of 81,000, it somehow retains the personality of a town of a quarter of that, yet has all of the amenities of a larger town, or small city.
Downtown there were lots of stores, shops, restaurants, services and generally everything somebody would want, and all very friendly for getting ones' business accomplished without too much inconvenience as a result of the flux of people and cars.
There are lots of students and locals there who ride bikes and walk. It's a special place indeed.
In the winter, from about late November until the end of May, there is skiing dollars coming into Bend, and then in the summer, there are visitor and tourist dollars coming into Bend, and all year long there are dollars coming into Bend from the college students from the community college and branch of Oregon state university there.
There were several places where one could see through the trees Mount Bachelor, still covered with snow, as well as Sisters mountain, and a few mountains to the south.
There are lots of services that are located along our walking route to downtown, Bend.
From where we were staying, we had to walk a couple of blocks to the bridge over the Deschutes River on Colorado Avenue.
On the "downtown side of the bridge we followed Colorado Avenue up a couple blocks to NW Wall street, which we followed north to the shopping district, where there are lots of shops lining the street, as well as banks, etc. etc.
While we were downtown, we had a sandwich at the sandwich place next to the starbucks, and walked down the street north to a local coffee shop that allowed dogs on their patio.
On the way back we took the footbridge just west of the shopping district, through Drake park, which follows the Deschutes. We then took the streets that hugged the west side of the Deschutes back south and arrived back at our rental house. It was fun.
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