Next some really cool lava flows. Sybille hiked into Lava Camp Lake to pick up the rental car we had staged while I continued on to McKenzie Pass through huge lava fields. Met another SoBo PCT hiker named Lezlie and had great views of the Dee Wright Observatory Tower from the lava fields. A short road walk took me to De Wright Observatory, a neat stone tower with windows showing each of the mountains around the tower. From the top platform you had even better views. We gave Bryan, Lorak's brother a ride into Bend and we got a room at the Cascade Lodge Hotel.
While in Bend I tried to see if I could get some medication to be sure I had the giardia under control. I am feeling much better but was not sure you could completely kick the giardia with medication. They wanted lots of money and were insisting on doing tests and waiting 3-4 days for test results before they would treat me. No way.
We drove downtown, walked around a little and found ourselves at the Pine Restaurant for surf and turf dinner. They even gave us a free birthday dessert!
|Dee Wright Observatory|