This is not one of those whiney blogs about how winter is so cold and so snowy and so hard to handle. I LOVE winter, but because of the serious lack of snow this season, I'm day-dreaming about warmer months.
If the powder gods are going to continue being selfish, I have five good reasons why we should just fast-forward to summer.
#1. Paddleboarding is way more fun in the sun.
Doesn't that just look like Heaven right about now? Paddleboarding at Hosmer Lake last September was one of the highlights of my summer. Compared to the other Cascade Lakes, Hosmer is a little more out of the way, but as you can see -- well worth the drive.
#2. Adventure is just a jump away.
At least in Central Oregon, it's unlikely you'll be doing any cliff/rock/or rickety-fallen-tree jumping during the winter. In the summer, most everything can be converted to a human launch pad. Here I am at Sparks Lake, where the water was definitely not deep enough to be doing this. I learned that the hard way, but I'd do it again.
#3. Wine [even Red] tastes better when it's warm outside.
I like to drink wine during any season, but there is something to be said about experiencing vineyards during the summer. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards in Terrebonne is just far enough away from Bend to make wine tasting there feel like a special day-trip. Plus, wine tasting doesn't have to be snobby and boring -- look at those faces, we were definitely up to something.
#4. Concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.
For a small town, Bend gets some big names to play at the amphitheater in the Old Mill District. This spring/summer I saw The National and Dave Matthews Band. I was completely starstruck when the lead singer of The National came running out into the audience [while singing my favorite song]. So yeah, you could say I had a good time at that concert. I've never been a Dave Matthews Band groupie, but the experience was still unreal. The Old Mill District just released some of the upcoming concerts! To see who's playing and where to buy tickets click here.
#5. Climbing mountains is easier.
Nike Frees aren't exactly a top-notch choice for hiking shoes, but this photo proves my point; during the summer, hiking is easy and doesn't require much in the way of gear. In the winter, hiking Tumalo Mountain [which is where I was in the picture above] would take snowshoes, a compass [in case there's a sudden blizzard?], tons of layers [how could I possibly know how cold I'm going to be on the way down, after sweating all the way to the top?] and more.
I'm sure it will snow right after I post this, but until then, here's some more summer photos to stare at.