Pendleton in the Heat
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
24Trip End Aug 05, 2013
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I went for a run this morning, determined to counteract the deleterious effects of binge-eating and professional beer reviewing. I've decided that the Deschutes beers from Bend, Oregon give me mild headaches. Must be a bad batch of beer or something. I'll have to cross-reference for research purposes and contact the brewmaster.
The terrain out here is flat and quite desolate but charming nonetheless. It has a Western feel to it and that is certainly authenticated by Pendleton proper. That we are staying on the Umatilla Indian reservation adds to this impression greatly.
Anyway, the run itself was nice and it gave me a chance to listen to the absence of anything manmade. Wheat fields gently flowing and a few birds startled at my footfalls.
And thus began my day of heavy sweating.
We went to the Casino for a nice continental breakfast that anywhere else would be called a buffet. I went easy though recalling the double dessert I had the night before.
From there we went to the Children's Museum and Activity Centre, downtown Pendleton. Great, great place. There are at least a dozen theme rooms for kids to play in freely: Lewis & Clark, Firehall, Grocery Store, Pizzeria, Tea Party, Train and Passenger Cars, etc. $3 a head. Absolutely worth it.
They had a pay phone in there as an exhibit. Yeah, don't you feel old.
Henry burned off some energy and was smiling the whole time. Poor kid
From there we toured around the town popping in to the 'old timey' (as my students would say) stores and checking out the antiques and Western merchandise. No money blown today.
We lunched at Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon and had a great lunch of Veggie Wraps (no judgment please). Beautifully made and filling, they came with an exquisite egg salad and fresh peanut butter cookies. The cookies were perfect bait for child compliance.
We checked out the Pendleton Wool Mill, hoping to buy something cool, but came away empty handed. This is genuine cowboy country and we are definitely outsiders. Great gear for that niche but sadly made in China. I know that's the reality of globalization but...
And then we went to Wal-Mart, which is totally American, and got provisions and 'reward' toys for the kids. I haven't forgotten that dump from yesterday but the sting has gone out of the offence.
I've picked up two new brews for review (in progress): Widmer Brothers' Brewing - Citra Blonde Summer Brew 4.4 percent (Portland) and Ninkasi Brewing Company - Total Domination IPA 6.7 percent (Eugene)
Both are lovely and easily trump Bend's Deschutes Brewery. The Citra Blonde is winning out at present but it owes the edge to the heat. The hops have a natural citrus quality to them and it is very refreshing when your undies start to stick. The Total Domination beer is nice too, despite the heat, but is a little malty for the heat. I'm going to drink it regardless. It's not it's fault that it's hot.
Mel working out at the resort as I write this. Good for her.
I just checked and Henry is actually asleep now as well! I can actually relax. More later.
Wow. What a difference a well-rested Henry makes.
The four of us spent the early part of the evening blowing bubbles and making Penny laugh. She's so keen to be a part of things these days.
We had dinner again at the Wild Horse buffet. The Elie Young band is playing outside at the resort tonight (as we speak) and so it would seem they busted out a pretty good spread: BBQ'd salmon, steaks and corn (and all the other buffet staples).
We discovered Fautus tonight. Thin little baked burritos full of refried beans and chicken. So good. We'll be cracking a few windows tonight.
This hot, hot day has turned into a gorgeous evening for sitting outdoors. Today was about as hot as I think we'd dare in future. 35 degrees in a tent trailer with no AC is pretty sketchy.
The forecast for our next stop, Cannon Beach, is 15 degrees cooler than here. That'll be a shock.
Here's hoping our luck with wi-fi equipped campsites keeps up! Can't wait to report on beach camping (and for four days no less!).
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