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Sunriver, Oregon: Lisa has fond memories of all the fun we had at Sunriver Resort when she was a kid and thought her family would enjoy spending time here as well, so here we are. Sunriver is located about 25 miles south of Bend, Oregon on Highway 97. There are hotel rooms, lodges, cabins, private homes, time-shares, condos and any other type of accommodation you can imagine. Miles of bike paths, horse trails, canoeing, rafting, a landing strip, fishing, golfing, hiking, swimming pools and a massive water park, shops, restaurants – basically anything your family would want to do on holiday.

We left Portland around 11a (because we could not check-in until 4p) and drove through showers nearly all afternoon. (Sunriver Resort is a good four hour drive from Portland.) We stopped a few times to stretch our legs, but didn’t really take a good break until we reached Sisters, Oregon.


We spent a bit of time in Sisters, as my brother, Rick, lives here (we will see him this this weekend) and I wanted to show Lucy and Leo a gorgeous fireplace Rick had made years ago inside the Sisters Coffee Company.

Sisters Coffee Company – my brother also made the loft railings

Beautiful fireplace in the Sisters Coffee Company

Lucy and Leo pose on the fireplace

After lunch and a walk around town, we climbed back into our rental Suburban and continued on to our rental house in Sunriver.

If you can believe this – I drove a Chevy Suburban for ten years. 11 miles to Lisa’s school every morning. 11 miles home. 11 miles back to Lisa’s school to fetch her in the afternoon, and 11 miles home. It was, to this day, the very best car I have ever owned. Today, I can’t believe I ever drove such a beast. I’m barely over five feet tall. My beagle was always in the car as well. I can’t imagine – even with the running boards – how that hound could hop into this beast of a car.

Our rental house in Sunriver (Lisa found it on Airbnb) is very nice. Three bedrooms, two baths, an open living/dining area with a very-well equipped kitchen. There is a large deck off the dining area, with a dining table, grill, and hot tub, and countless sticks, rocks, stumps and other natural things for my city kids to explore. We had dinner at the lodge and called it a day. Tomorrow our vacation begins.

Lisa’s kids think they are camping

Until my next update, I remain, your Sunriver correspondent.

PS: I added a photo of Leo on-stage at the concert Tuesday night on the last update.

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