My last blog highlighted my first re-entry into water after 67 days. Still hard to believe. Being cooped up in our apartment we needed a get-away from Boston for a bit to a place that felt more “open”. Someplace where it didn’t require wearing a mask just to take the recycling out or to get the mail. That would mean doing something else I hadn’t done in 90 days…hopping on an airplane! Again one of those of those “normal” activities we took for granted pre-pandemic.
We decided on Bend, Oregon for two weeks. One week of WFH and the other vacation. Bend is a place we have enjoyed vacation as a family for many years. Oregon was further a long in the reopening process versus Massachusetts due to smaller population and density. Relatively lightly populated Bend and Deschutes County even felt more so.
I was super excited to swim daily at the Juniper Park Pool (pool #95 #95 & #96 Long, long, ago… ) and to take the short drive to Elk Lake on the Cascade Lake Scenic Byway. Unseasonably cool weather the first week and the Governor putting a “pause” on reopening somewhat foiled my swimming plans. Boooo!
We still had a terrific time in Central Oregon with family visiting from Portland and Shannon flying the kids in for Fathers Day (ex-Sean due to his camping buddies catching Covid). I ran/walked a lot, hiked, we rode bikes and we floated down the river.
And yes…I did eventually get to swim in Elk Lake. Its an alpine lake so it was a bit brisk at first yet it was very doable for a few thousand yards. It’s fun to sight off of South Sister when breathing to my left and ahead off of Mt. Bachelor. The pools opened the day after we left…grrrr.
I know I will be back and will become a somewhat regular in the Central, Oregon swimming holes as we bought a second home in Bend. WFH (work from home) actually means WFA (work from anywhere)! 😉
It was great to get back to the Pond peeps at Lake Cochituate. Love these people. After a couple swims back we kicked it up for a big 4.5 mile weekend swim-ouch! Longest swim since March. It felt so good and was great to share the pain with friends!
Happy to hear about Bend and home. Enjoy lots of SPM…Smiles Per Minute! Sue Chisholm
Thank you Mrs. Chisholm! Looking forward to spending time in Oregon-plenty of room for you and Carol in our new place. Thanks for reading the blog. You are my #1 follower!