Up around the Bend in scenic Oregon

Up around the Bend, Oregon that is. I packed many things for my road trip from Monterey, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Snowshoes would have truly been a valuable asset for this mid-June trip.

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, near Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

This is a photo taken on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Friday, June 17, 2011. The location is about 25 miles from Bend, Oregon.

Reader Kyle commented on my outbound description of Oregon that Bend is the most beautiful place in Oregon. That statement prompted me to ask some travelers in Vancouver who concurred Bend was a place to see. The views were great, but for some reason the internet went down in two hotels I visited while in Bend.

I have plenty of photographic evidence to support the “most beautiful’ statement from a day in the city of Bend and this scenic drive that loops from lake to lake on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway while driving south toward Crater Lake National Park. The road to enter Crater Lake from the north side is still closed by snow.

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is an easy drive in good weather on a road that is surprisingly flat and well paved.

Despite all the snow, the air temperature was in the mid-60s before noon in the lakes region. There were plenty of places to lay in the sun and get tanned.

Elk Lake, 4,983 ft. on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, Oregon

The past two days I met people on the roadside who suggested scenic roads for my trip through Oregon.

Thanks for the kindness strangers.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Ric –

    I’m glad you made it here and it looks like you had some nice weather! Enjoy the rest of your trip.


  2. I will likely write four more posts for this trip to cover
    1. Vancouver Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge,
    2. Highway 97 and 197 Yakima Washington to Bend, Oregon
    3. Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway
    4. Crater Lake National Park on an incredibly brilliant sunny day.

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