Bend, Oregon was particularly lovely for several reasons. It is getting super redundant telling you all about how gorgeous everything is, but, Bend definitely falls into a different category of beautiful. Picture lots of huge rock structures amidst tall tall pine trees, red earth, and lots of rushing water. The air is so crisp it feels like you are, in Rachelle’s words,“breathing in a neti pot”.
The city itself is filled with tons of shops, restaurants and breweries to explore. Bend is home to Deschuttes brewery, which has, in my humble opinion, one of the best stouts on the planet. It’s also cool to be in the part of the country where the weather is perfect for making wine, and you can find decent prices on super full bodied syrah’s that are from less than 10 miles away. Drinking local never tasted so good.
The best part of Bend was hanging out and playing a show with old dear friends. We got to see Daisy and Rachelle’s friend, Jesse, who was kind as heck and also a very talented frontman. Jesse set up a great lineup for the evening at a rowdy dive bar called M & J’s Tavern. We also got to hang out with Billy from Third Seven, who is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever shared a show with. M & J’s is a feel-good sort of place with pool tables, charismatic and unpretentious bartenders, and a built in crowd of locals spanning all walks of life. The first band to play was Lurk and Loiter, a two piece that played a wide variety of funky and rocking jams. Guardians of the Underdog followed, and holy hell-they definitely got people dancing. After our set, Third Seven finished out the night with an expressive and musically satisfying solo cello set. All and all it was a perfect evening. After the show we stayed up late talking, and curbing off hangovers with delicious tea made by Billy’s wife, Alicia.
I'm typing this as we drive through a windy pine tree covered road overlooking snowy cliffs. Tonight we are headed to the most northern stop in our journey, Olympia Washington.