Because I love living in Bend, it was easy to use the town as the setting for my second book, 44.
Last time I posted, I put up a picture of the footbridge that is in the opening scene of 44. A body is found in the river under it, caught up in branches and floating face down.
This particular bridge is one of my favorite places in all seasons. It’s a great place to play “Pooh Sticks” in the summer and in winter it’s fun to watch ducks slide on the ice when the river freezes over. There’s an amazing giant tree (it would be so great to insert the particulars here but I have no idea…) on one side that turns a stark yellow in the autumn. On the other side is Drake Park, full of life and fun and just a short ways from downtown. You can stand in the middle of the wooden bridge, stare at river and contemplate life, think good thoughts. Or figure stuff out. Or just be.
Anyway, I knew it was just perfect for a murder scene.
Awbrey Butte is also in my book and today I took a short walk up, camera ready for the incredible views of the Cascade Mountain Range that you usually are lucky to see. Seven mountain peaks, and always snow drenched during this time of year. Alas, however, today the cold spring clouds settled in and hid them.