My creative juices are flowing. I am imagining several stories set in Bend, or better yet, in Portland, where I spent the first few days of my visit. The public transportation there is incredible, by the way. And if you're ever needing a place to stay downtown, I highly recommend Hotel Fifty. Gorgeous view of the Columbia River and right near the MAX transport system.
I currently live in Georgia, where the weather is warm enough to wear shorts and there isn't a mountain in sight. Here in Oregon, we've already seen snow, been sledding, and had a massive snowball fight. Pretty exciting stuff, especially for my 3-yr old, who thought sledding meant putting his skateboard on our concrete driveway and rolling downhill.
So maybe in my next book Yeti will make an appearance. Or a sexy couple and a mysterious stranger will get stranded in a cabin near Three Sisters, a cool spot west of Bend. How about a tree that wakens the druid bound to it, and calls forth several hot males for some sexual sacrifice?
As much as I'm on vacation, I can't stop my brain from tinkering with ideas. Now I can't wait to get home to write!
Here are some more pictures of what I've been looking at during my stay...
Portland at night
Portland during the day