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Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

On our second day in Oregon, Kev and I met up with a dear friend of mine, Niki. I have known this girl forever! I knew the second we were going to Oregon that we had to meet up somehow.

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She lives near Bend, so she knew just where we should go. She took us out to Smith Rock State Park, and I thought we were in heaven! Smith Rock has gorgeous, sweeping views, high cliffs, deep canyons with a gorgeous blue river running through, hiking, trails, and tons of adventurous rock climbers and slack liners. Have you heard of slack lining? Goodness gracious, do I have some crazy photos to show you! Keep scrolling to see. :)

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Here we are! Niki grew up in Auburn too! You may remember me sharing photos from when we randomly met up at the beach and realized we had rented condos two doors down from each other.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

And of course Kevin was there too! :)

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

We started out up high, where Kevin is standing in the above photo, above the river.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

We hiked down the canyon until we were level with the river and crossed the bridge over to some the trails leading up the rock.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

And then we hiked allllll. the way. back. up.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

To here!

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

We took the “Misery Ridge” trail, and while it claims to be only 1.1 miles, it is almost straight up! This little sea-level girl is not so used to the elevation, and after 20 steps, I thought I was going to die! I was huffin’ and puffin’! :) Which was super embarrassing, because Niki is like, crazy in shape, and as soon as we got to the top, she found a cliff and started doing pull-ups. Not even kidding. That girl is my hero.

P.S. Niki, may I have your amazingly-toned arms please? Thank you.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

By the way, I’m thinking it might not have been so embarrassing if I hadn’t snarfed down that Doughnut French Toast for breakfast.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

This is me hanging on to Kevin for dear life! :)

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

But the views were absolutely stunning.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

You could see for miles in every direction; the whole city.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

I made the mistake wearing hot purple nylon shorts that were very um, shall we say, poofy, so I declined to be in any photos for the day. Actually, okay, fine, I was in photos, but after I saw myself in said photos, I vehemently declined to ever let them see the light of day. So here’s just Kevin. You can imagine me in ridiculously poofy hot purple nylon shorts standing next to him. Thank you.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

There had been some wildfires in the area, so the sky was hazy and full of ash.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

I have never seen anything quite like it.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Yes, this is part of the Misery Ridge Trail. Looks fun, doesn’t it! :)

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

At the top of the summit is Monkey Face Rock.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Can you see the Monkey face?? :) He’s looking right.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Monkey Face is a free-standing, 400-foot high spire that is the focal point of Smith Rock. It also features a “slackline” between Smith Rock and the mouth of Monkey Face. As I soon learned, a slackline is basically a tightrope. Niki told me about them, but I didn’t quite believe her.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Until I saw this.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Um, yes. That is a PERSON walking on a TIGHTROPE at FOUR HUNDRED FEET IN THE AIR.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

It was pretty freaking crazy.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

He starts from a seated position on the line, then stands up.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Un-believable.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

Holding our breath!

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

He made it safely back! Thank you Cory for your super-awesomeness and amazing us with your slack lining skills!

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

After hiking all morning, we needed to reward ourselves, obviously. :) We had lunch at Jackson’s Corner, a yummy cafe in Bend with handmade pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. For dessert, they offered cookies from the famous Sparrow Bakery in Bend, and also a local baker who does wedding cakes and makes mini versions for Jackson’s Corner.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

The cookies were amazing! This was a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

This chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, and chocolate chips was perfect!

Smith Rock State Park in Bend, Oregon

I cannot stop thinking about this chocolate crinkle cookie. It was so rich, and decadent, and fudgy! It was almost like a perfect little brownie.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a great weekend! xoxo

*Thank you so much to Travel Oregon for sending us on this trip!