I have shown little of the actual town of Bend,Oregon in my blog. I guess I am more of a country person or, when in an urban area, gravitate toward parks and rivers when I take pictures, rather than street scenes and businesses. This picture from Pilot Butte, a promontory located east of the main business district, gives a bird's eye overview of a westerly view of my community. This peak is a favorite for locals to walk, jog, drag or be dragged by the dog. This weekend I pushed an "all-terrain " baby carriage up the rather steep, three quarter mile dirt trail to give my visiting daughter and grandson some fresh air. It is actually an amazing place, for on clear days the 360 degree views are stunning. I take this hike often to think, exercise, listen to music or books on my ipod and to enjoy the scenery. I am making progress on this route, being able to walk it now without stopping to catch my breath. Of course, there are those younger, health conscious buffs that race past me. My initial reaction is to rue my aging physical being. Then I settle down and know I am okay. I remind myself that no one is giving me a letter grade at the top.