Pro tips for day-trips: bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and try not to go in the hot afternoon! Throwback photo and story from a few years ago...
During a trip to Bend, Oregon we stopped by Smith Rock State Park. We were excited to visit the sheer cliffs overlooking the river.
However, it was a really, really hot day… hence my facial expression, lol. There were multiple heat exhaustion warning signs and a reminder to bring water with you when hiking. A general rule is to bring 1 liter of water per hour of intense hiking in high temperatures, so bring a reusable bottle or water bladder. It would have been easy to become dehydrated in that sunny, 100 degree heat.
We walked a tiny bit and stopped by some tables in the shade but we didn't explore as much as we would have liked. It was just too hot and I wasn’t as well prepared, so we had to turn in early. It was still a nice stop though. Wish I could have drove there earlier in the day to get more of a chance to explore, but it didn’t fit in our schedule.
Anyway, this is just a reminder to be prepared if you’re traveling in the heat. We luckily left with no sunburns and hope to go back someday!