I love hiking in the outdoors. No matter the season, it’s all good to me!

What’s interesting about Bend is the diversity of temperature and weather because of the elevation gains throughout the area. Just a couple miles from our house the elevation rises and it is much colder and hence much snowier just south of us.

Yesterday we decided to go hike Lava Butte which is in this area. It ‘s a short drive and a fav, easy hike. It was goreous and sunny with just a few clouds in the sky. A great day for a hike!

Although it was cold at our house, there wasn’t any frost in the trees but when we got to Lava Butte there was frost everywhere and lots of snow!


I’ve never seen the road that winds up Lava Butte plowed before but it was and made things much easier for our walk since we didn’t bring our snow shoes. Our dogs had a blast running and playing!

We saw this big, beautiful bird along the way. If anyone knows what kind it is, I’d love to know.


Here’a a closeup.


Once we got to the top of the Butte we found that the room under the Fire Lookout was open. So we went inside, signed the guest book and looked at all the diagrams all along the top of the room. They point out the various mountains and buttes that you can see. It’s pretty cool.


We went up to the top of the Fire Lookout to check out the view! It was gorgeous seeing all the mountains in the distance. I wish I had taken a photo looking out at them but I forgot to. Instead I was wrapped up in getting a good pic of Greg and I.


But Greg got one of me and the dogs with Mt. Bachelor  in the background. This one cracks me up because Belle looks like she is saying “I don’t want my picture taken.” 🙂  Cody is being the good dog, posing sweetly.


We hiked around on the top of the butte.  We made snow angels and tossed little snow balls down the long, snowy banks of the butte, watching them make their trailing paths. We admired all the great views. What simple fun. And then we went home, built a fire and sipped hot, delicious drinks. It was a great afternoon!