Hello and happy spring! I know that spring "officially" started a couple weeks ago, but we only got our first taste of it this weekend. We've had nothing but rain here in Portland for several weeks now, and by rain I mean the flood-inducing type of non-stop downpour rain. It's left us really craving some sunshine, so over the weekend we hopped in the car and went on an adventure to track it down. The only place within reasonable driving distance that had sunshine in the forecast was central Oregon, so that's where we headed. And find some sunshine we did, in a tiny town called Maupin.
The population of Maupin, Oregon is about 400 people. It sits right on the Deschutes River, which makes it a popular spot for rafting and fishing in the summer months. In the off season, its not exactly a tourist destination. There are about 4 lodging options (all geared toward rafters), 1 market, and 1 schoolyard playground. I'm not going to lie, I was worried that we would get bored spending an entire weekend here. But it was was a place we've never been to and it wasn't raining there, so we stayed. And turns out, it wasn't boring at all.
First of all, the lodge we stayed at was amazing. Not at all what I had pictured for the small, off-season price we paid for it. Each room in the lodge has its own unique theme related to Oregon history; ours was an "expedition" theme with decor inspired by the travels of Lewis & Clark. We had a river view, a deck, vaulted ceilings, and NO TELEVISION (my dream come true). Outside, the lodge had an open-flame fire pit with a fire going all day. They also had lawn games, picnic tables, a volleyball court, riverside swings, a huge lawn, and restaurant with an amazing patio overlooking the river. Here's the place, if you want to check it out: deschutesriver.com/best-hotel-in-maupin-lodging/
We spent a lot of our weekend just enjoying time at the lodge. Did a little fishing, taught Avery how to log roll down a grassy hill, played in the sandbox (aka volleyball court), hung out by the fire, and ate at the restaurant. I'm usually a go-go-go type of person who likes to cram as much seeing and doing into a day as possible, but on this particular trip, it felt so good to just relax and enjoy some simple things in one place. In a way, it was a relief to not have places to go or things to do around town. It allowed me to slow down and truly enjoy time with my family.
When it was time to check out of the lodge on Sunday morning, we did a little exploratory drive around the area before heading home. We ended up finding a little road that ran right along the river and discovered an excellent picnic spot where we stopped to eat lunch and play a little more.
It was a perfect off-the-beaten path adventure. I see a lot more of these types of trips in our near future, since Avery is at the perfect age now where she can entertain herself literally ALL DAY just by being outside. She loves rocks. She loves sticks. She loves mud. She loves every bug she encounters. It was a good reminder to us that we don't necessarily have to take her to child-geared places like the zoo or the bounce house (which she also loves, don't get me wrong) to have fun. Fingers crossed that her adventurous spirit sticks around forever and ever.
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.