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Explore Redmond's Backyard

Explore Redmond's Backyard

Dry Canyon and Cline Buttes offer great outdoor opportunities for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and nature enthusiasts
Everybody loves options. Whether it's deciding which of the 20+ breweries in Central Oregon to visit or which trail to take, we love having choices.

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Invasion of the Ants

A tiny brigade confounds a pair of naturalists committed to natural eradication
Well, our move to Eugene has opened up a new challenge for us: an invasion of tiny ants. And, oh boy, have they moved in!

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Bigfoot, Brews and Drive-In Movies

Summer is just getting started in Redmond
The Pacific Northwest is rife with stories about Bigfoot lurking in the forests nearby. The potential for a mysterious creature to be hidden in the vast expanse of the West sounds entirely reasonable for some and complete fiction for others.

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Hot Birds Are Not Happy Birds

A heat wave is tough for those without the option of going indoors
Well, good people, the heat is upon us. We've been warned it was coming, and here it is. The impact(s) of Climate Change we can feel and touch.

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High Desert Horror Story

Getting that 'Bend starter kit' of outdoor equipment is tougher this year, with gear shortages happening locally and nationally
What's more traumatic to a Bendite? Ravaged and empty shelves where toilet paper once was, or not knowing when you'll receive that new piece of recreation equipment you ordered months ago?

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Relay Runs with Your Crew

Cascade Lakes Relay and Beer Chase Series give Central Oregonians a reason to run
While running solo can be a good way to unwind and get away from it all, running with support makes crushing goals even easier. What's a marathon finish line without the signs and cheers from the crowd?

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Boaters' Lament

Low river flows abound—a bummer for recreationalists and ecology alike
As soon as we left the bank, sharky rocks were biting at our oars on every side. A scrape here, a drag there.

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Get to Know the Common Nighthawk

At dusk or dawn, look for these swooping, diving hunters on their constant mission to devour flying insects
Ahh, summertime in Central Oregon—days that seem to stretch on forever, dusk walks around town as the sun dips below the Three Sisters, and then there's the diving flight of common nighthawks. These unusual birds are fascinating on so many fronts, from their nesting behavior to their diving displays to their annual migration.

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Speeding Around the Mountain

Gravity Race Series and GraviCross return to Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor is more than just a ski resort with opportunities for all kinds of summer recreation. Brews, sunset dinners and chats with forest rangers offer laidback mountain time with plenty of views.

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Diving into Multi-Day Inflatable Paddleboarding

Spending a night—or many—with your boat, your gear and a gaggle of stars
Have you ever dreamt about paddling out to a distant shoreline or island and spending the night? If you have, then this article is for you!

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Insects: They're not all 'bad'

Enjoy learning what's going on as insects do things for, and to, us
Not too long ago I went on a rampage about birds being one of the best helpers in our "battle with insects." I fear I've left people with the impression that all insects are "bad" and that we're in constant peril from ravenous arthropods.

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Celebrate Summer, Together Again

The First Interstate Bank Bend Summer Festival Returns
Summer is a special time in Central Oregon: events, tourists and outdoor adventures galore. After the Fourth of July holiday weekend, locals and visitors will see the return of an annual favorite, the Bend Summer Festival, which was canceled in 2020, like so many other events.

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Celebrate & Support Oregon's Indigenous Heritage

The Museum at Warm Springs kicks off its annual membership drive
Just an hour north of Bend lies a striking structure that houses The Museum at Warm Springs. The museum is a cultural hub that has been preserving and sharing the traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs since 1993.

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Riding for the Environment

SnoPlanks collaborates with surf legend Gery Lopez on a line of skateboards aimed at supporting natural spaces
Started in 2012 by James Nicol, SnoPlanks has since become a fixture of the extreme sports world in Bend and beyond, with its handmade skateboards and snowboards. So it makes sense that its latest collab is with legendary surfer Gerry Lopez, aka Mr. Pipeline.

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Tips for hiking with kids ▶ [with video]

How to get your kids on the trail and have fun
School's out for summer! (I hope you sang that in your best Alice Cooper rock voice!)

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Celebrate Juneteenth in Central Oregon

Events highlighting Freedom Day and a march to take back the Butte
On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Texas. Since then, Americans continue to celebrate Juneteenth and emancipation in the United States.

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Sunriver Music Festival’s Festival Faire: An Outdoor Overture!

Sunriver Music Festival’s Festival Faire: An Outdoor Overture! - SHARC John Gray Amphitheater

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  • Re: Diving into Multi-Day Inflatable Paddleboarding

    • I agree with everything except the speaker. You go into wilderness to change it?? Don't…

    • on July 18, 2021
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    • This article reminds me of how we’re navigating anti-blackness at a regional level. There will…

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    • I don't see sanity or solution to water sustainability by building private ski lakes or…

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