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.
Cascade Lake Kayak Tour For explorers looking to rest their feet, taking to the water offers a unique way to discover Central Oregon's natural wonders.
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.
The closest thing to flying
It's easy to explore Central Oregon by hiking and biking its single-track trails, paddling its pristine rivers, and climbing its rugged mountains. But there is one outdoor area that is often overlooked: its big, blue skies.
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.
Oregon Senior Games Athletes ages 50 and older can enter, but all ages are welcome to watch and enjoy this entertaining and fun competition.
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.
Present-day birders will certainly recall the name, Roger Tory Peterson, as the leader in nature field guides. It isn't just birds that made up his list of interests, but subjects covering a wide area of natural history, from birds to edible plants.
Deschutes Land Trust Events Memorial Day weekend has kicked off the summer and has Central Oregonians anxious to hit the trails.
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.
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nineteen years ago Jeff DeLeon's life took a major turn. A car accident paralyzed the military veteran from the waist down.