For those of you not familiar with Smith Rock in Oregon I'd like to take a few minutes to share a great place and the great time we had yesterday (despite poor weather). Smith Rock State Park is located in Central Oregon (20 minutes from Bend) and is one of the many natural wonders in the area.
Many visitors of the state park are rock climbers and they have over 150 routes to the top to choose from. We choose to hike (since none of us rock climb) and what a great hike it was. My brother and his wife are visiting from Alabama an were in awe of the beauty. My husband and daughters lead the way. We took about 3 hours and hiked to the top, saw monkey face (as pictured) and had a little picnic. Then hiked down the back route along the beautiful Crooked River.
If you have never been to Central Oregon and have a love for the out of doors, then you should really consider a trip. Today we are trying to decide on kayaking the Deschutes River, biking the Benham Falls and taking a scenic drive along the Cascades Lake Hwy to see any of the 20+ lakes. I'll keep you posted.
Where ever you are -- enjoy the holiday weekend and take a minute to think about Memorial Day and what it means to you.....