I already blogged that we were in SunRiver for a weekend over Valentine's weekend and that we had a fantastic family time. I just wanted to throw up a few photos of our fun bike ride out to the horse stables on the resort property. (We rented bikes on site, for anyone wondering.)
As sunny as it was, and even though it felt considerably warmer than the Portland weather, there was still so much snow. The children enjoyed that! And the parts of the Deschutes River that were pooled separately from the faster current were frozen solid when we were there. It was beautiful! I honestly have to dig to the recesses of my childhood memories to think of the last time I saw solid frozen ponds or creeks. So beautiful! All of the silent, frozen beauty made me want to investigate the frozen hotels like this one further (which I have never been interested in before).
The children were searching out tracks in the snow. Some fox-y looking tracks lead us to a small pile of fine feathers. It's a story we know all too well!
The homeowners on this part of the resort enjoy a great view.
We absolutely loved renting the tagalong attachments for the children on the bike ride. We were able to ride 7 miles with them and everyone was comfortable. (Well, maybe I wasn't on one steep uphill part but we don't need to dwell on that.) We have friends and family that use tagalongs and I see one father and daughter pair use theirs every morning to school so I thought they were a common sight. But we got lots of fascinated and approving comments all throughout the ride. The children thought they were pretty novel too.
That distant snowy white peak near the center of the photo is (we think) Mt. Bachelor where much of the skiing action is.
More frozen creeks. They were tempting us all to go and slide on them!
This part of the river stayed thawed and you can see Mt. Bachelor a little better near the center of the photo.
The horse stables are off to the right. A man and his children were also out enjoying the sublime weather.
I was particularly drawn to this part of the resort with all of the open ground and wild, natural landscapes. The homeowners seemed to have a quieter environment as well which felt more relaxing. It's a beautiful location, regardless, and I'm definitely jealous of anyone who gets to spend more time down there, especially during the summer months which I hear are beyond phenomenal.