Bend is GROWING!

Well, we all knew that.  We’ve been discovered. Every top 20 list of places to live has had us on it for years, darn it.  Our little ski town is growing to something much bigger.  The culture that is coming with all the people is fun, but the impact on our roads, traffic and dare I say it, air pollution, is causing growing pains.

One of the biggest areas of impact is our schools. Most schools are overcrowded and aging quickly.  Extra classrooms added on outside, or more kids crammed into each room and hallway are normal.  We are building them, but more people are pouring in. The first day of school last September had 500 more kids showing up than we had planned for.

This map shows our current schools and the proposed schools and updates that would be built if we pass a bond measure in May for $268MM.  That’s peanuts compared to other school districts in Oregon.  We’re starting to get the word out now so residents will understand how serious the need is.  I thought y’all might be interested!

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So yes, feel free to move to Bend, just know that our growing pains are strong and we are dealing with them as quickly as we can.  And plan on riding your bike when you get here so you don’t add to the traffic mess!

 

 

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The Road Less Travelled – by snowshoe

I think it’s funny that snowshoes are looked down on these days – it used to be a huge novelty and a great way to get outside in the peaceful winter forest.  Now most people downhill or do cross country Nordic skiing.  Yes, it gets you there faster, but it’s not the quiet break that I need.

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All the paper trail maps were taken, so I took a picture just in case.  I’ve snowshoed here for years, but better safe than sorry. Easy to get turned around.  I took the orange toure to the more difficult, and wound back around to the Meissner shelter.

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Pretty well beaten down after our 50″ fell, unfortunately, it was also really loud because the ice had formed on top. But really, how can you complain about anything when you’re out here alone?!  Literally, the road less travelled because everyone else is zipping around the big trails on nordic skis.

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The new warming hut, built by incredible volunteers, with a woodstove inside.  It was only 14 degrees, so I didn’t stay long – quick snack, lots of water.  Met 3 very nice ladies from Wyoming and Canada.  You can barely glimpse the view to the south – but it stretches out to the west, too, with the door facing it now.  The hut used to face east, which was great for keeping the wind out, but really, the view is to the west. And no, I didn’t take a picture!

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Beyond happy me.  It’s Wednesday and I brought a whole car load of Nordic girls for practice and then went for a walk on my own.  Paradise.

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If my snowshoes could talk, the stories they would tell! Bought in January 2000 in Durango, Colorado, they have been all over on trails and in Bend during snow storms.  They are MSR’s, the type the Colorado ski rescue group used to use.  Not sexy like the sleek new ones, but I’ve never gotten stuck anywhere and nothing has broken off.  I love where they take me and how I have a different outlook every time I come back.  Perfect day!

 

 

 

XC Nordic Race at Mt Bachelor

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Easy drive to the mountain!

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Perfect day for it! Sunny and 30’s. Crazy gorgeous. The skiiers had a great day. Nice 5K course.  I strapped on my snowshoes to get some exercise, but should have strapped on skis and done the course – next time!

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That lucky skier !  Look at that, he’s got the whole hill!  Just another day in paradise.

 

 

We have more snow!

backyard-snow-1It’s hard to keep up with the snow pics because we’ve gotten so much so fast and we’ve been so busy enjoying it!

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We firmly believe cars stay in the garage unless you have to use them – feet are better!  My husband usually commutes to work by bike, but since his hip replacement surgery, he’s been walking.  If I have time, I try to meet him. Gives us  few minutes together outside – which we love!  Yesterday I strapped on my 17 year old MSR’s, oh the stories they could tell.  Cold walk, about 15, and a great workout over the berms from the snowplows and uneven terrain.

dan-snow-checking-it-outThis main road runs to the high school near us – Dan was checking out how well his morning shoveling down that long stretch held up during the day. He had shoveled it for all the high school kids who are now walking, but then school was closed.  We got 8-12″ again yesterday, depending on where you were in town.

backyard-snow-3The backyard this morning! Sunny today, so will have to get out for more snowshoeing.  School is closed again and many offices are, too.   Good for people to just chill out for awhile and enjoy the snow!

 

The Cascade Mountains with Snow!

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2 of the 3 Sisters in the Cascade Mountain range – view from my listing in Redmond, Oregon.  Isn’t it picturesque?!  I could sit on this deck all day – year round – because the view extends fully west and watching the clouds roll by and the sunset is very special.

Go to RealEstateSally.com and type in 1585 NW 35th, Redmond under my listings and you can see all the pictures.  It’s 14.88 acres of heaven, with 4.66 acres of irrigation. For Sale for $525K.  You can see it sits right on the edge of this canyon – breathtaking views.  Would make a great horse ranch, hobby farm, or retirement/vacation mecca for the whole family.

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Mt. Jefferson from the north corner of the deck.  So do I take enough pictures of our mountains?!  Pull up a chair with me, I’ll be sitting here soon!

 

Snowshoeing Pilot Butte

As I’ve mentioned before, this little hill in the middle of Bend is our free outdoor treadmill.  I’ve been going up and down it off and on for 35 years and I never get tired of the view.   My friend Nora and I had planned to play hooky for a couple hours today, and we were determined to go even if it was only 9 degrees.  We got 12″ of snow yesterday, so we were ready to be outside.

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A view from the top – and look what someone wrote in the snow!

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Nora and I, so happy to be out and about!  Cascade Mountains peeking out of the clouds behind us.

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Nora went running up where the stairs usually are and struck this perfect pose.

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This is the dial that tells where the mountains are all around – couldn’t see them all today.

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The top area – usually packed with people.

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Snowshoeing back down – look at the view! The snow was sparkling and we were ecstatic to be outside enjoying it.  This is why we live here!

 

Showing homes in the snow!

I help people buy/sell their homes all over Central Oregon, so I log a lot of miles.  Yesterday I had to go to Sunriver and it wasn’t a fun drive.  It took me 91 minutes for a normal 35 minute drive.  I blasted out John Denver and sang along so I wouldn’t stress out. The hold up was people driving 5 mph on a one lane, no passing road for 9 miles (normal 45-55mph, in snow, at least 25) and 2 big wrecks.   So sad to see people getting hurt.  For many, they just shouldn’t be out on the roads when it’s bad. For others, they need to slow down.  Snow and ice are not easy to drive on even when you have experience.

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This was the highway heading south. I was grateful there wasn’t more traffic.  The visibility wasn’t as good as this shows, however, at times I could barely see.

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I turned off on the north exit for Sunriver and yes, this is a sheet of ice.  3 cars off the road on this little stretch, all waiting for tows.

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This is the 7 Fairway Village condo I showed first. Fun to see the older picture because yesterday the snow was so high you couldn’t see those bushes.  Also fun because the neighborhood pool is right behind this condo – and we wouldn’t have known if not for the protective fence around it – the pool was hidden under snow!

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I made it home in 45 minutes, easy drive.  Most of those who had been here for the holiday s were already on the road because check out time is usually 11 am, so much less traffic to contend with, whew.  Played with Lady in the snow the minute I got home – she loves it and so do I, as long as I’m not driving in it!