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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bend, Oregon: The Old Mill District

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

When we were in Bend on Thursday, I took these photos of the Old Mill District in the area around Anthony's.  It was so cold and windy that we didn't walk around outside for too long, but I took a few pictures so that you could see how neat of a place it is.

The area is an upscale shopping center, and it really used to be an old mill once upon a time.  Over the past 10 years, Bend has transformed the whole area along the Deschutes River.  There are shops, restaurants, hotels and the movie theater.  This is also the place to go for the outdoor concerts that are held all summer long at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.  (Concert tickets are going to be a whole lot cheaper this summer, because they have cut out the middle-man and will be selling tickets themselves.)  On our first date, Cary and I went to see the Doobie Brothers at the amphitheater.


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I could take hundreds of photos of the smoke stacks and the flag.  They look different from every angle.  My friend's husband calls this place "The Yacht", as in, "Are you going back to the yacht today?  Don't spend too much!"  It always cracks me up when I think of that, but it does look like the smokestacks of old ocean liners.

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The trees are beginning to bud out, and I have the suspicion that the Christmas lights stay on all year long.  Do they grow into the tree as the tree grows though?  Inquiring minds want to know!

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

We wandered through Victoria's Secret, but didn't buy anything.  We were meeting Mitzi for lunch and I just didn't feel like trying anything on, even though I could use a new bra.  The lady said that I couldn't take any inside pictures.  Darn.  There was some pretty cool stuff in there.

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Here is a sculpture.  Oh, hey, there is my best friend husband!  I love that guy.  I never get tired of looking at him.

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The bridge was decorated with green flags in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  I heard a Mom tell her two little girls that as they walked by us.  If you walk over the bridge, you are almost at the amphitheater.  Wa-lah!  It is as easy as that.  And though I didn't take a picture of it, the ticket booth is right there too.

  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews 


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


  Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

It is very beautiful, and folks work hard to keep things evolving and improving.  Good job, you guys!  We appreciate you for making it so pretty for us to enjoy.


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4 comments:

Pat - Arkansas said...

Oh, my! Bad news there at the end. Both tragic and worrisome for the community. I hope they find her soon.

I'm with you; the smokestacks are fascinating. Great photos.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thanks, Pat! I know, it is sad and scary at the same time. Plus, I didn't put it on there, but there was another mysterious death upriver a couple of weeks ago.

Tony Benson said...

Fabulous photos. Lovely.

What a puzzling and sad story at the end.

Arkansas Patti said...

Wonderful photos but the sad story at the end has my heart. There are so many thoughts as to what might have happened. I do hope they find her and it is so frightening about the several violent deaths.

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