Fortunately, if you're willing to be creative, adventure doesn't have to be too far away. I ended up going out to Bend for a family commitment and decided to stay overnight and explore the China Hat wilderness area.
I stayed one of my favorite hotels, the old St. Francis Hotel, and was able to take advantage of the soaking pool, theater, and the late night fire pits under the string lights to enjoy an evening cigar.
After a relaxing evening, Samantha and I headed out into the wilderness to see what we could find.
After miles of exploring, we put the Jeep to the test a few different times, both ascending and descending some pretty treacherous rocky trails.
Samantha usually prefers co-pilot to backseat driver
The drive home was its own adventure in the varying seasons that one can experience in a single day in Oregon.