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Sisters, Oregon

June 29, 2021

530 am

Whew - some interesting weather. I headed back into the mountains last night to get a break from the heat. I boondocked on Forest service land just west of this interestingly named town. It’s a charming place — downtown is old

buildings with many boutiques and restaurants and there is a nicely dine shopping center west of downtown. Median home price is $650,000 — I suspect that is driven by second homes. Sisters seems to be a gateway on US 20 to the Cascades - skiing, lakes, hiking in Willamette National Forest and off-roading (both ATVs, motorcycles and bikes). Oregonians are outdoor people!

Just saw a UPS semi go by pulling three containers. First time seeing three; must be hell to back up!

Sounds like the heatwave is going to be here all week. I picked a bad time to leave the ocean! The weather forecast for Bandon is highs in the mid 69s, lows in the mid 50s.

Here is a photo of the water and sports drink aisle at Walmart in Redmond.

Details of the weather forecast:

Here’s some information on Sisters from Wikipedia:

Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Bend, OregonMetropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,038 at the 2010 census.


The community takes its name from the nearby Three Sisters mountains.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2), all of it land.

The Santiam Highway (U.S. Route 20) and the McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 126) merge briefly to form Cascade Avenue, the main thoroughfare through downtown Sisters. On Cascade Avenue, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic and many specialty stores and galleries. East of Sisters the two highways split, with 126 heading to Redmond and 20 going to Bend. West of Sisters, the road splits once more, with the McKenzie Highway becoming Oregon Route 242 and running west over the McKenzie Pass (a summertime-only scenic route over the Cascades.) The Santiam Highway proceeds over the Santiam Pass.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classificationsystem, Sisters has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


Sisters is the headquarters of the Sisters District of the Deschutes National Forest. The Sisters Ranger District Office is located at Pine Street and Highway 20. Hiking, biking and horse riding trails go from the city limits into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Sisters Trail Alliance builds and maintains hiking, biking and equestrian trails near the city.

The Sisters area is also home to several mountain biking trails, including the Peterson Ridge Trail and Suttle Lake trails.

Hoodoo ski resort and many snow parks are nearby.

Notable people

  • Dan Fouts, former professional football player

  • Chris Klug, Olympic snowboarder

  • Ken Ruettgers, former professional football player

  • Tonya Harding, former professional and Olympic skater

  • Rainn Wilson, actor known for The Office

  • Johnny Werhas, former professional baseball player

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Jun 29, 2021

I am a little surprised that none of your material (unless I missed it) has said that Sisters, OR, is named after the Seven Sisters, the seven peaks in the range that looks down on the town....

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