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Summer Swim Spot

Good fishing, paddling or just relaxing at Newberry Monument
Paulina Lake and East Lake, sometimes called Twin Lakes, sometimes called the other Crater lakes, are both excellent for fishing, paddling sports or just relaxing in your cabin or with your toes in the clear water.

A New Adventure

Bikepacking offers a way to get out and about, without a pack on your back
A growing group of adventurers in Central Oregon is seeking more creative means to escape the crowded campgrounds and trailheads.

Day Trips Without Cars

Change of scenery without the drive
There are so many sights to see near Bend, you don't even have to drive.

Wet Dogs Rock

5 paddle spots for pups in Central Oregon
It's not just a novelty intended to get tourists to snap photos of you as you pass by the Old Mill.

Into the Weird

Searching for UFOs, Sasquatch and other mysteries in Central Oregon
Planet Earth is a mysterious place.

Another Accolade from Outside Mag

Bend wins again in... wait for it... a beer category
When looking for an excellent brew in Bend, craft brewery Crux is the obvious choice. Or Deschutes, or GoodLife, or Boneyard Beer, or Silver Moon, or Worthy or 10 Barrel….

Crowds in the Backcountry

As national forest leaders consider quotas for local wilderness areas, some local wilderness advocates weigh in
Sarah Cuddy coordinates conservation efforts in the Ochoco National Forest for Oregon Wild.

Diary Entry: Learning to Whitewater Kayak

As Kanye says, crawl before you ball
Currently, I am 10 days deep.

Fish On!

South Twin Lake, glamping in style
There are two types of campers: First, the ones who enjoy pitching a tent, unrolling the musty-smelling Coleman sleeping bag, zipping themselves into their nylon shelter and sleeping in the elements.

High Desert Herstory

What narratives are (under) represented in an outdoor mecca like Bend?
En masse, we suit up and slide off the shore just above the Bend Whitewater Park passageway—five women tricked out in combat kayak gear, lining up to run the terraced lava rock drops of the bypass channel.

Call Her Big Red

La Pine State Park is a popular spot for recreation—but its giant ponderosa remains the star attraction
Located about 150 feet from the Deschutes River in La Pine State Park, it rises higher to the sky than all other big ponderosa trees on the nearby landscape. Many of its branches are bigger than the other, younger ponderosa trees that populate the Deschutes National Forest.

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  • Re: Day Trips Without Cars

    • Great another tourist article in the series of "10 more places to destroy," sporting more…

    • on August 6, 2018
  • Re: Another Accolade from Outside Mag

    • This article is witty and well written. Cant wait to read more of Willifords work.

    • on July 29, 2018
  • Re: Wet Dogs Rock

    • I lover dogs but articles like this are going to get dogs and unleashed dogs…

    • on July 26, 2018
  • Re: Another Accolade from Outside Mag

    • Just another top ten list of Outside Magazine "advertisers". Such an honor to be associated…

    • on July 12, 2018
  • Re: Crowds in the Backcountry

    • And yet the Forest service has done nothing but work with tourist organizational to see…

    • on July 12, 2018
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