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The pandemic ignited an interest in backyard gardens and raising animals
Since the early days of the pandemic, some grocery store shelves were bare for days as supply chains slowed. Around the same time, Americans heard stories from abroad of strict lockdowns: People couldn't even leave their homes.

Outside Opens Up

Deschutes National Forest opens day use, but don't expect bathroom service. And floating the river? Maybe, and only if it's DIY
As businesses begin to open—with restrictions—across various Oregon counties, the outdoor offerings are moving in that direction, too. State, National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and city properties parks are starting to allow more visitors in areas that can adhere to Phase One reopening policies.

Gravel Bike Adventures in the Ochoco National Forest

Finding solitude and wide-open spaces, just east of Bend
The Ochoco National Forest has a million roads with so few cars that I always give out a big HOWDY wave when they go by. It's the perfect place for gravel cycling; a recreational paradise.  Late spring through mid-summer is my favorite riding time, with loads of wildflowers.

"River Looters" Heads to MountainFilm

Local filmmaker lands her film—about the Bend-based river divers—at the coveted outdoor film festival
You might remember this crew of river divers from a profile we did here at the Source in the September 2019—when our story prompted a lucky guy to get his wedding ring back. Turns out, more people are catching onto these divers' unique story—including a local filmmaker.

A Summer of Play?

Bend Park and Recreation District plans for summer programs; reopening of some facilities
Next month, Bend Park and Recreation District will resume its summer camp programs. The Districts plans to continue its popular offerings on June 15.

Running Through COVID-19

FootZone's social media manager tells us what life has been like for runners during the pandemic and how he used running to raise over $15,000 for NeighborImpact
Central Oregon is often known as a runner's paradise. But with our lifestyles altered the last couple of months, things as simple as going to the grocery store and how we walk down the street were changed.

Central Cascades Wilderness Limited Entry System Delayed

Visitors to popular trailheads in Central Oregon won't have to get permits this year after all, due to COVID-19
On May 22, the Central Cascades Wilderness limited entry system was supposed to go into effect. But due to setbacks from COVID-19, local officials from the U.S. Forest Service announced that the new permit system will be pushed back until May next year.

Bend's Stay Healthy Streets Could use a Pick-Me-Up

With limited resources available to the City, how safe can Greenways be? And how long will the Stay Healthy Streets initiative last?
A big part of living in Central Oregon is the great outdoors. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, organizations in the state and city worked to make sure that we still had some access to these great amenities.

Mt. Bachelor Added to Multi-Mountain Pass Deal

Ikon passes now include Bachelor—so locals can access other mountains with their Outplay 365 pass
Snow riders who are able to travel to feed their snow habit already know what a steal it is to have an Ikon Pass—allowing you to ride dozens of mountains for multiple days for a price that rivals that of a single-mountain season pass. The Ikon pass includes Crystal Mountain in Washington, Copper Mountain and Winter Park in Colorado, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California, Alta and Snowbird in Utah and many more, on numerous continents.

Mt. Bachelor Passholders Get Credit for Next Season

Pass holders can expect credits added automatically to next season's passes
People who paid for tickets or season passes to Mt. Bachelor can look forward to getting a discount on passes for next season, following the closure of the ski resort last month due to COVID-19. Mt. Bachelor announced Thursday that it is giving out vouchers that people can use for the 2020-21 season—though the vouchers won't entirely cover the cost of the passes paid for this year.

What's Open in the Outdoors: A Recap for Those Who've Lost Track

Where you can still go recreate outdoors, or even camp overnight in Central Oregon
Everything is closed: movie theaters, shops, events… and while we have to socially distance ourselves for the health of us and others, it’s also necessary to get fresh air and exercise. Outdoor recreation is still available at hiking trails and open park space, where it is possible to follow through with the required social distancing precautions.


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