Despite what I tell my husband and step-kids, I’m not always right.
Case in point: In 7.5 years of having a job that requires me to experience everything Bend has to offer so I can tell other people about it, I’ve occasionally….misjudged.
Like I’ll hear about a new experience and think, “Meh, that sounds okay, but nothing to get excited about.” Sometimes I’ll hold on to that thinking for a shamefully long stretch before actually trying the thing myself.
And then I’m forced to admit I was totally wrong, and that the activity or attraction is infinitely cooler than I gave it credit for. Here are three examples.
BEND ESCAPE ROOM
My thoughts were ho-hum when I first heard about this adventure game where participants are placed in a room and have to use teamwork to find clues, solve puzzles, and escape the room within a set time limit. It sounded fine and all, but this is Bend—why would I want to be locked inside?
Guys, I was so wrong on this one.
First of all, an hour is no great sacrifice in the grand scheme of how much time you’re spending outdoors.
Second of all, the Bend Escape Room experience is so much cooler than you think it will be. I had the pleasure of doing it with my extended family, which included my father-in-law, husband, sister-in-law, and two stepkids (ages 12 and 16). In other words, a true multigenerational affair.
With the clock ticking, everyone scrambled around the room overturning furniture, assembling puzzles, trying different lock combinations, and using creative problem solving to find clues. Everyone had a different way of approaching things, and it was fascinating to see the wheels turning in the brains of people I thought I knew well. Each family member brought something to the table, and it was one of the coolest family bonding experiences we’ve had together.
We successfully solved the puzzle with just over a minute remaining, and afterward we stood in the parking lot for thirty minutes gushing about how much we loved it and how excited we are to pick one of the other challenges and do it again.
There’s an FAQ on their website that explains more about the rules and how appropriate it is for different ages and group sizes, but I urge you to give this one a shot if you’re looking for a fun family or team building experience.[Read the entire original article at visitbend.com]