Taking a walk on Sept 13th near our rental house in Bend, Oregon - part 1
Seems like there are a lot of flowers around the Shevlin Hixon street / neighborhood. There are several condos and small houses nearby and a couple parks.
Bend is an odd mix of a small and large town benefits in a good way.
The house where we stayed was on Shevlin Hixon, which is near a park on the Deschutes river which has facilities developed for wave riding, kayaking and canoeing. The city parks department built a bathrooms and change facility nearby, and there is parking for people who wish to partake or watch the proceedings.
Turns out the snow melt water in the Deschutes river creates the opportunity for water activities, and the city of Bend spent the money to install some concrete structures in the stream bed so that the water surface is modulated in such a way that is conducive for water sports including white water boarding or wake boarding / surfing, and kayaking.
I got some pictures of various people partaking in the opportunities that the city of Bend provides for free to all comers. It's not something that you see many other places, in fact I've never seen anything quite like this.
In the neighborhood, there are several commercial buildings, which appear to have landscaping services, with lots of flowers and ornamental plantings for esthetics.
I got some pictures of some of the flowers in the parks and near the commercial buildings in the area.
From where we were staying, we only have to walk a couple of blocks to the bridge over the Deschutes River on Colorado Avenue.
At the park down on the river, there are usually a number of "live in" vans and pickups, which are usually interesting viewing, and often have young people who have wetsuits who enjoy riding the wave on the river.
Of course to partake of the water sports in the deschutes river, a wet suit is quite necessary, since the Deschutes river is fed by snow melt, and the water is pretty cold in some places.
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