Monday, April 27, 2009

Vacation: Central Oregon

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett

While visiting my family in Bend, Oregon, I took some pictures of central Oregon. First I stopped off at Mount Angel near Portland to reconnect with the seminary and get some continuing education.

Fr. Bill, a priest in the Portland Diocese was one of the several presenters. He talked about telecommunication. The entire presentation was about the internet, for example, twitter, blogs, and other new developments on the website. Check him out at: This guy is cutting edge.

Then I ventured down to central Oregon, checked out my retirement property, and stayed in my mom’s mobile home park. She lives in a nice retirement community called Suntree Villiage. Here are some pictures from my trip.

My mom looks out the window at Roman (the newest addition to our family) and my niece Jennifer. They look darn happy!

This is some amazing art along the highway from Bend, Oregon to Sisters, Oregon. The horses look real sprinting across the desert. The middle and north sister loom in the background.

When flying in to the Bend/Redmond airport, I took a picture of Crooked River Gorge, which is a couple of miles north of Redmond, Oregon.

My sister Brenda, who visited Holy Rosary last year, waters some plants on her two and a half acres between Bend and Redmond. Her and her husband Dan have lived there about four year.

I purchased five acres near Powell Butte, Oregon before I became a priest. Here is a picture of the Three Sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity, taken from my property.

My mom lives near a Senior Center that has a huge playground. Trevin (my nephew) and I always walk to the playground when I am home on vacation. Before we arrive, Trevin stands on a post for a picture. Afterward, we always stop by the "Stop and Go" for his favorite candy, Nerds.

This is a picture of Mount Jefferson from my retirement property in Powell Butte, Oregon.

My sister Brenda and I took a hike up Black Butte, just outside of Sisters. I took this picture of Mount Washington as we were hiking up.

Here is another picture taken from my property. It were Kevin Costner was filmed while shooting the movie the Postman. It is called Smith Rocks and is located North and a little East of Redmond.

Let me know if you ever visit Central Oregon. Two of my friends own hotels and I highley recommend the Sleep In on the East side of Bend and the Entrada Lodge on Century Drive on the way to Mount Bachelor.

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