Today we drove about 25 miles from Bend to the small town of Sisters. It is a very cool Old West town cradled at the bottom of the Three Sisters Mountains with a population of 1700. The Three Sisters are three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in Oregon, each of which exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. They are the third, fourth, and fifth highest peaks in the state of Oregon and are located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, about 15 miles from Sisters, Oregon. The three peaks have 15 named glaciers among them, nearly half of all the 35 named glaciers in Oregon. The Sisters were named Faith, Hope, and Charity by early settlers. The smallest one has a summit crater about 1/4 mile in diameter, which holds a small crater lake known as Teardrop Pool which is usually frozen except during the summer. This is the highest lake in Oregon. I am adding a picture from Wikpedia so you can see the view from the top.
It was an awesome drive with the most unusual terrain. You drive though desert areas with tons of sagebrush. Then you see farms of llamas, cows, sheep and lots of horses. We even saw a field full of elk. I am adding a picture for you to see. After Sisters we drove up into the wilderness area as far as we could go. The Three Sisters Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Cascade Range, within the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests in Oregon. It comprises 286,708 acres, making it the second largest Wilderness area in Oregon. It was established by the United States Congress in 1964 and is named for the Three Sisters Mountains.
We had no idea when we decided to drive to Sisters that the area was so fantastic. We found another perfect Christmas tree. This one will be decorated with lights etc. for us, without the bird feed. :-) We are having a ball exploring the area. Bend is the perfect place right in the middle of a ton of things to see. We have a lot of exploring to do and are enjoying every minute of our stay. More later from Bend, Oregon.