Riding a chair lift up a ski mountain in the summer is pretty cool. There are views galore and a side of nature that isn’t revealed during the snowy season. Riding said chair lift with a group of close friends, a drink in hand and the sun setting behind the backdrop of the Cascade Mountain range is even better.
That’s the experience a group of us had on our last weekend of summer this year.
Wrapped in light sweaters and a healthy dose of excitement, we gathered at the base of Mount Bachelor in Bend, OR.
The ride began at the 6,300 foot base at West Village Lodge and took us up to the mid-mountain Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet. Every second was camera worthy, as we were surrounded by a 360 degree view of Three Sisters peaks, and Broken Top.
The restaurant had wrap around decks from which to enjoy the scenery. We clinked our wine glasses together and soaked in the good company and stellar view.
Dinner was just as enjoyable with items like hanger steak and fresh Alaskan salmon on the menu. The restaurant was full, so we were glad we had made reservations.
Some of us could argue that the best part of the evening was riding down the mountain, with blankets provided by the chair lift operator, surrounded by a quiet, inky blackness and about a million bright stars overhead.
Talk about a breath-taking experience. I highly recommend it.
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