Due to a tip from Lisa (thanks!) I decided to take a longer way to Bend to check out the McKenzie Highway from Eugene to Sisters (along Highways 126 and 242). It was as gorgeous as she had claimed, if not moreso. The fall colors reminded me of that brilliant stretch of aspen from Ouray to Silverton in Colorado, and yet there was something more intimate and certainly less touristy about the McKenzie Highway. A light drizzle trickled softly among the brilliant yellow leaves dangling overhead, while secluded homes and rustic barns appeared occasionally across the road from the McKenzie River. Photos are here.