No Snow, No Problem

No Snow, No Problem

Carve the summer slopes on a mountainboard
If there's one drawback to summertime in Bend, it's the lack of snow on the mountains. Skiing and snowboarding down Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo, and Tumalo and other wintertime slopes is an exhilarating experience that isn't easily replicated.



The Perfect Day

Breakdowns, books and baby eagles in the Oregon Outback
When my wife, Sue, and I start out each morning to conduct our golden eagle survey for the Oregon Eagle Foundation, we never know what the day will hold, except that it will be a wonderful adventure, and at some point we'll end up lost in Oregon's Great Sandy Desert, and we'll be very happy we did it. That's why May 16, 2016, was almost the Perfect Day.

Natural World

Our Only Backyard Salamander

It's always a pleasure for me to come out the back (or front), step off the porch and suddenly see a long, slender amphibian with a bright yellow patch on its back, madly scrambling for cover under the porch. If that happens to you some stormy night after a rain, don't be surprised, for it's "our" Long-toed Salamander, aka Ambystoma macrodactylum, to local herps experts, as the only native salamander we have running around on this side of the Cascades.

Natural World

The Other End of The Deschutes

Head North for early season hiking
With the Deschutes River running straight through town and the Cascades just beyond, it's no secret that Central Oregon is an outdoor lover's paradise. The Cascade Lakes Highway and Three Sisters Wilderness are just a few miles away, providing easily accessible world-class skiing in winter and top-notch hiking in summer.


Fishing Backcountry Lakes

Enjoying the solitude and beauty of Central Oregon
Though the general trout fishing season is well underway in Oregon, many of the High Cascade Lakes that sustain planted fish remain inaccessible due to snow and ice. It can be as late as mid-June or even early July before some of these lakes can be reached on foot or by horseback, but when the trails become accessible, there are ample backcountry and wilderness fishing opportunities.



Today Fri, Jun 24th

  • Talk to The Entities: An Intro

    Talk to The Entities: An Intro

    Fri., June 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    @ Hawthorn Healing Arts – TTTE introduction is a great start to begin to see...

  • Full Immersion Whitewater Weekend Class

    Full Immersion Whitewater Weekend Class

    Fri., June 24, 5:30-8 p.m., Sat., June 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    @ Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe – In this complete introduction to beginning whitewater kayaking you will...

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