We're in Bend, Oregon, at a fancy campground with free WiFi access. We've been through here several times before and always stop off at the High Desert Museum - highly recommended! This time I was astonished to run across an exhibit of photography by former Apple colleague Bill Atkinson, featuring images from his new book, Within the Stone. Also recommended!
Bend is a crowded town this evening, with an interesting mix of folks. It's the first day of deer season here, and the back roads we followed this afternoon were loaded with pickups and campers heading into the hills. But a number of them stopped off in town first, and along with some genuine ranch folks from parts East, are an interesting admixture to the locals turned out for an arts fair, and the week-enders come over the Cascades. It seemed like every restaurant in town was full, but we wedged out way into the Bend Brewing Company for a couple of ales and dinner. This must be an interesting town politically - it's about an equal count of cars with universal liberal bumper sticker displays, and homes wall-papered with Bush/Cheney signs.
Tomorrow we head up to the Columbia Gorge and on Monday turn our path towards Portland and friends, then the shore and home in another ten days. Given today's news, perhaps we will see Mt. St. Helens steaming as we pass! I'll end this post with an image from another volcano we've visited on this trip - a shot down the north side of Mt. Lassen from its peak.