La Pine, OR 13Aug2022

Some gal friends and I went to La Pine, Oregon for a nice little getaway. Christine and I came up with some hiking choices for all skill levels, and everyone brought a game or was willing to play.

On the first day, we arrived in the afternoon, and Christine’s dog was dying to get out into the water! We made our first stop at Paulina Lake and opened the door. That dog *loves* the water!!

We inflated the SUPs and hit the water. It was gorgeous!

Christine paddled solo sometimes and with the dog at other times. That sweet pup is the essence of pure energy!

The views were beautiful and varied. I just love Central OR!

Christina took a turn around the lake as well, enjoying the rays.

The cabin we stayed at was spacious, but I chose to stay in the small room over the kitchen. I am a very early riser, and I didn’t want to wake anyone else by making coffee under the loft.

I like small spaces, especially for sleeping, and this suited me fine! I, a short person, was unable to stand up, so I had to make adjustments. But it was so cozy!! Very clean and comfortable, with the exception of one giant rogue moth who thought we were best friends.

On day two, everybody decided to do the same hike, which was the 7.6 mile hike around the lake. The trail started out wide and clear.

As we progressed, the trail changed depending on they type of ground. There were multiple types of surfaces, and it made for fun surprises.

My friend Leelah wanted to go swimming (even more so toward the end of the hike when it warmed up), but we stayed on the trail. To be clear, I wanted to swim too! The water looked amazing!

Pan-o-rama! It’s a gorgeous day in La Pine!

Here is some of the different terrain. Being in a caldera, there is a lot of volcanic rock.

In this section, there was so much obsidian, our path glittered!

Look at that hunk of obsidian!

We started climbing a bit…

The view from higher up was also phenomenal!

More volcanic rock, this time lots of cinder. crunch crunch!

After the hike, we had delicious taco, margaritas, and more. Then it was time for games. This trip, all women and all nurses, was incredible. So much fun!

On the last morning, we had delicious crêpes with toppings to suit everyone: freshly squeezed lemon juice with powdered sugar, strawberry jam, and Nutella. I was in heaven with the lemon and powdered sugar!

Distance: 7.6 miles; Elevation gain: 308 feet

Published by aimee

It all started with my friend, Christine. She called me a Viking. It's because I like endurance sports as well as lifting heavy things. Plus, my heritage includes Norwegians... It struck a chord somewhere deep down. I suddenly liked the idea of not having to be a small, slender person. I could be strong and thick. I could have mass. I don't want to be overweight or obese, mind you. I just don't like trying to be a waif when that is very likely unattainable to me. I have muscle (under this fat). I like being strong. So this is my journey of becoming more fit and liking the fact that I will never, NEVER weigh 120 pounds.

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