There's something about Central Oregon that I fall in love with every time I visit. Between the snow-capped cascade mountain ranges, the gorgeous alpine lakes or the outdoorsy city of bend, i can't help but have a smile on my face.
Before my last week of school, one of my favorite travel partners (my Mom) and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Central Oregon as a belated Mother's Day trip/kickoff to summer weekend. My Mom and I have always been close and love doing the same things together. So we spent the next couple of days enjoying lots of delicious food, visiting cute shops and local markets in downtown Bend and spending some much needed quality time outdoors.
After spending an afternoon in Bend visiting the local markets and cute shops, we wanted to spend the rest of the day driving the loop of the Cascade Scenic Byway. The byway is a 66-mile drive filed with numerous stops and recreation; after a quarter of the drive, we found out a section of the road is closed off from the winter season and won't be open until the following Monday, only two days later. The closed off section had some of our favorite favorite lakes we wanted to visit including Todd and Sparks Lake. Although we were bummed we couldn't make it to these destinations, we decided to make the most out of it by blasting some classic upbeat tunes and go around the byway to stop by Elk Lake Resort for some perfect summer nostalgia photo opportunitieis.
There are so many gorgeous places filled with tremendous beauty around Oregon and Central Oregon is one of those places that holds a special place in my heart. Each time I visit I'm left with wonderful memories and a longing for when I can spend more time surrounded by the scenic views of mountains and lakes once again. The best part about the weekend was having my Mom by my side and being able to appreciate the beautiful moments along with me.
I'm beyond thankful for this beautiful state I live in and I can't wait to continue exploring more of it.
Thank you so much for reading along, until the next adventure!