This area gets pretty inundated in summer with Seattle-ites looking for sun and our excellent hiking opportunities, which we have plenty of in the summer...Even in winter they all come over to snowmobile/ski/etc.. in the area, but it's not that big of a deal as they're gone during the week. So, that's the one thing I don't care for, still too close to a major metro area (2-3 hrs)... honestly, I've been shocked at how crowded the trails are here in the summer. I think a big part of it is that so many people that live in this part of the country are outdoors people.
We are going to Bend/Mt. Bachelor in 2 weeks for the MLK weekend... only drove thru on our way up, but have always wanted to go there.
Yes, the beer has been disappointing. This area produces something like 90% of the hops in the country. The lady and I are both more ale types. That's where Montana and Idaho come in. We went to brewfest in Missoula this summer.. and hit a many other brewhouse' across the region.
Brewfest in Missoula
They even surfing entertainment at the fest...
Wallace Brewing Co. Idaho..
excellent amber and huckleberry ale
A couple things are for sure about this area though. 1. It is the most beautiful place I've ever lived. 2. The people here are really nice. I have never enjoyed the people I work with more than I do here.
Took a sunset snowshoe walk from the house a little while ago. It was wonderful.http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 2e1872d3f3