Black Butte Ranch, Central Oregon

Black Butte Ranch, Central Oregon

I think that I’ve completely fallen in love with Oregon. Although I’ve spent a lot of time up in Portland and have had the chance to explore the Rogue River in southern OR, this was my first time in central Oregon. Black Butte Ranch, just outside of Sisters, is a resort community in the middle of the Cascade Mountains. Normally the term “resort community” is an immediate turn-off for me, but I ended up loving my time spent at Black Butte Ranch. The community really does have it all: restaurant / lodge, tennis, golf, fishing, hiking, etc. The Cascade Mountains also serve as a gorgeous backdrop of a wedding.

Black Butte Ranch

A weekend in Black Butte Ranch is pretty much guaranteed to help you to recharge. In addition to attending the wedding, which was gorgeous, I spent the weekend relaxing: reading in the hammock, drinking in the sunshine on the porch, relaxing by the lake, learning how to play shuffleboard, and watching the deer around the property.

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Side note: My google account, where I often keep my pictures, randomly created this weird little gif combining all of my pictures of the deer.

Black Butte Ranch, Central Oregon - Deer

Have you spent any time in central Oregon?


Denver Photo via Larry Johnson.

Hello from Denver. I’m out in the Mile High city for my profession’s annual American conference. Meaning I’m going to be getting my nerd on all week. I’m here through Sunday so any suggestions on where to go / places to eat is appreciated!

Treat Yo’ Self Thursday!

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Weekend Treasures, Currently

weekly treasures, currently


loving. Having a free weekend! I have zero plans this weekend except for catching up on a little TV and preparing for my trip to Denver.
writing. The presentation that I’m giving at my professional association’s annual conference.
reading. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. My book club recently read another one of her books, The Husband’s Secret (HIGHLY recommended) and decided to pick up another one of her books. Have you read it?
watching. All of my fall favorites (omg, Scandal, Parenthood, & Chicago PD) and some awesome new shows (ah, How To Get Away With Murder).
craving. Fresh vegetables! I ate out a lot this last week so I can’t wait to cook up some fresh veggies.
obsessing. Over my new phone. I was hesitant at first, but I love my Galaxy S5. iPhone, who?
wishing. That I could keep plants alive for longer than a week. I bought a plant that specifically said “easy to take care of!” and it was dead within 5 days.  FIVE DAYS.
needing. To remember to work out more than once a week. Oops.
wanting. A personal chef, please
trying. To stay productive. And it is kind of working so far.
eating. The most delicious cous cous salad. The secret: vegetable broth, avocado, dill, and brussels sprouts.
drinking. Summer beers (I mean, it is close to 90 degrees today).
feeling. Excited (and nervous) for this week’s trip to Denver!
hoping. That my presentation goes well!
clicking. On the links below.

Weekly Reads

Life Links

Weekly Treasures

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