Monday, March 25, 2013

Geo 365: March 25, Day 84: A Pleasant Surprise at a Cheap Motel

Toddling from La Pine to Bend is a gorgeous drive with lots of volcanic features to admire, but the day was getting late, and having been shut out of lodging in La Pine, we wanted to get signed in as quickly as possible before setting out in search of dinner. The Budget Inn in Bend has horrible reviews, though I didn't think it was all *that* bad- lord knows, I've stayed in worse that were more expensive. However, my opinion may have been swayed slightly by the facade- the whole front of the building is studded with beautiful chunks of obsidian. I'm guessing this is likely from Glass Butte, about an hour east of town on Route 20. That dome has a tremendous variety of colors and textures, as seen above. However, short of geochemical testing, there's no real way to be certain.

Photo unmodified. August 20, 2011. FlashEarth Location.

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