Breakfast was at the Breathtaking Bakery in Vale. I had a ham & cheese croissant (middle shelf 2nd pastry from left) and coffee. It really wasn't a croissant but some kind of biscuit. We filled up with $4.10 diesel in Vale. It's a good thing we did because the price was $4.15 in Burns and and was $4.19 in Bend. It's 114 miles from Vale to Burns and there is not a single place to get diesel in between.
The scenery was beautiful with open ranges and canyons cut by the Malheur River. At a point 40 miles from Bend, we noticed 3 unusual bumps on the horizon. They looked like piles of dirt. A few miles later it became clear that these were snow capped volcanoes. The 10,000 ft Three Sisters were 60 miles away.
At Bend we are staying with friends Liz and Andy and their two young boys. They operate a 10 acre assisted living center for retired horses. They moved here from San Jose, CA about 10 years ago. The mountain view from their property is spectacular with some 6 snow capped peaks in the Cascades Range. Summers are glorious here with no humidity and no rainy or cloudy days. Temperatures are in the 70s in the day and 40s at night. It never rains in the summer and the total annual precipitation is about 12". People from Portland come here in the summer to get away from the rain and fog. Tomorrow we will go to Kelso, WA.
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