The Deschutes River winds through the heart of Bend and is a focal point of the community. There are people kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rafting and playing in the river on every day of the spring, summer and fall. There is a plan to have a river trail that is continuous throughout the town, but so far it's in separate segments.
On Thursday we had a wonderful family trek on a stretch of the river in the south end of town. The trail starts at a community park that is only about 1/4 of a mile from one of the big shopping areas and cinemas- the Old Mill District which is right on the river. Here's the start, with the Old Mill behind them. Very quickly you leave the urban landscape and you are trekking in what seems like the wilderness.
We have the most incredibly blue skies on these sunny days. Scrabble was so hot he just lay down in the river to cool down.
The sock takes in the fabulous views.
After the 3 mile round trip hike, everyone cooled off in the river back at the park. A good time was had by all!