Friday, July 12th
We arrived around 11 am and the house was not ready early so we had to kill a few hours around town. We swung by Old Mill District to trade out a broken camp chair at REI and to check out the scene there. Its a very nice looking mall, but its still a mall. We meandered over to Pioneer Park and did a bit of a river walk past a weir on the Deschutes, saw a boy fishing, felt the icy water, and enjoyed the scenery. Then we had a picnic at one of the tables- not ideally placed on a strip between the road and the parking lot without a view of the river, but the kids could run and play and they were contained and away from any drowning danger.