Places of Interest Travel

Bend to Sparks Lake

The morning noise of people coming to walk their dogs before starting their day also starts our day. We were getting ready to hit the road when we met Dave at the trailhead where we boondocked.

Dave was such a nice guy he gave Rick a six pack of Goggle Tan India Red Ale from the Ten Barrel Brewery from Bend, and told us about a great view near the trailhead. He said that it would be worth the walk and a short climb. He was right. Next we headed into Bend and found Pilot Butte, a circular drive to the top of the butte. There was a tremendous 360 degree view. Well we saw Bend alright, every inch of it from there.

After a lot of pictures we headed for the Cascade Lakes Natl Scenic Byway. We turned on FR 41 to Deschutes river and came upon two sets of waterfalls, Dillon Falls

and Benham Falls.

The power of water is truly amazing. We then drove back to the scenic byway and traveled until we turned a corner and got our first view of Mt. Bachelor which was very impressive.

Ae saw a sign for a campground that was still closed so we headed down Sparks Lake Rd. There were several sites on the side of the road, but not by the lake so we kept going. We passed one site that was to die for but there was a big pickup truck sitting pretty on a hill overlooking Sparks Lake. We moved on until we got to the boat dock and decided on one of the spots on the none lake side. As we went by the primo spot a guy was loading stuff in the back of his truck. We quickly pulled in an open spot near by and watched and waited. Sure enough he was leaving. Rick jumped in the drivers seat and I ran to the road to help him back out when I looked up and a car pulled in. We were disappointed but decided to settle in but kept hope that they would soon leave and we could have that great spot. After about an hour we were giving up hope when Rick said “They’re leaving”. This time Rick ran to the spot and I maneuvered the rig down the road. Rick guided me into the perfect spot. This is our home for the next 3 days. Welcome home. To read more about this boondocking spot click here.

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