After our epic Olympic National Park and Cape Flattery adventure, Cassandra and I took a day-trip to Bend, Oregon, for more hikes and brews. Bend is only a little over three hours from Portland, so it could also make a nice weekend camping trip as well — the hiking is gorgeous and there are breweries everywhere.

We spent a few hours at Smith Rock State Park at Cassandra’s suggestion, which was a change from the lush green we had been hiking in so far. I couldn’t get enough of the reddish rocky terrain, the river bending through the park, the steep cliffs that are perfect for rock climbing (someday I’ll do it, someday). After hiking all day we went to Sunriver Brewing Co. and had the best meal of fried avocados, grilled fish, and beer. A perfect day.