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It's a Bird! It's a Plane! Nope, It's a Shero!

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! Nope, It's a Shero!

Kerry Sheehan is a TikTok sensation with a ski obsession
Shero definition, via Webster's Dictionary: A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities; a heroine. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Kerry Sheehan, Mt. Bachelor ski instructor and nanny, has seen exponential progress in her Woodward park skills this season.

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Blindsided by a Mole

An Oregonian's book about moles inspires a look at what these creatures are all about
Even though I'm nearing the end of my sojourn here on this beautiful earth—our home away from home—I still appreciate fresh new experiences to keep me young. Such was the case when I entered Tsunami Books on Willamette Street in Eugene.

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Sunriver Resort's Getaway Giveaway is still going strong.

Plus a cosmic experience awaits visitors at the Sunriver Nature Center
Know somebody who went above and beyond during a crisis in the last year? Sunriver Resort's "For the Love" campaign, is looking for community heroes who deserve a well-earned break.

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Pro File: Lizzy Van Patten, Climber

She climbs, she plays piano and She Moves Mountains
Like many who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Lizzy Van Patten was exposed to the outdoors through hiking and camping. While attending school in Washington state, she came across a book on hiking routes.

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Hit the Trail Running with Bend Trail Race Series

Registration opens this week for the annual trail running event
It's no secret that Central Oregon is packed with outdoor adventure and activities. From downhill freestyle skiing, bouldering at Smith Rock and hiking some of the most impressive mountains around, locals and visitors alike are sure to get their heart racing.

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Monarch butterflies need your green thumb

Growing and planting milkweed can help
As spring draws nearer by the day, many people in Central Oregon start to get eager for the resumption of warm weather and springtime habits. For some, gardening tops that list, and they jump the season by starting garden seeds indoors.

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A Midwinter Retreat to Anthony Lakes

Ski, snowshoe, and soak in the tranquil beauty of Eastern Oregon
"The mountains are calling and I must go" is one of my favorite John Muir quotes. Written in a letter to his sister in 1873, his words echoed in my mind during a recent visit to the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort outside of Baker City, named for William "Doc" Anthony, a farmer and doctor, who homesteaded in the area in 1864.

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Find Your Peace and Some Freedom at Mt. Bachelor's Peace Park

An opening celebration for freestyle lovers, plus the Green Tire Giveaway returns
Winter finally made its way to Central Oregon and Mt. Bachelor is celebrating the snowfall with the opening of the Woodward Peace Park, perfect for those looking to freestyle on skis or learn some new tricks on a board. The Peace Park was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between Woodward and U.S. Olympic Snowboard athlete Danny Davis.

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Bring the Adventure into Your Home

Mountainfilm on Tour's annual fundraising event goes virtual for two weekends of inspirational films
Let's soak up some filmed action shots, stunning scenery and moving personal stories from around the world.

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Exploring Crater Lake's Winter Wonderland

From day trips to multi-day outings, what's on your bucket list?
From Bend, a visit to Crater Lake can be done in a long day or as an easy overnighter with a stay in Chiloquin or Klamath Falls. The BIG challenge isn't necessarily planning ahead, it's how the current conditions will dictate your visit.

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Fine Tuning My Love

A Shred Betty fairy tale, in honor of the upcoming V-Day
Shred Betty, as defined by urbandictionary.com: A cool female snowboarder of exceptional ability. 

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Tighten Your Laces! In-Person Racing Returns

The 2021 Salmon Run kicks off the season this spring
Itching to get outside and moving after a long season of staying home and staying safe? Racing season is just around the corner.

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Winter Wildlife Tracking

Take some time on a snowy winter day to see where animal tracks might lead you
If you're like many central Oregonians this winter, you're spending a lot of time outside in the snow. Whether skiing, sledding or snowshoeing, taking the time to pause and observe wildlife tracks in the winter can be a great way to learn a little more about the wildlife with whom we share these snowy playgrounds.

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Exploring Oregon's Outback One Step at a Time

The Oregon Desert Trail connects people to place
The Oregon Desert Trail, better known as the ODT, is a 751.7-route that traverses eastern Oregon, connecting the Badlands Wilderness to Lake Owyhee State Park. The trail slips through dense sagebrush steppe and ancient juniper forests, across lava flows and through canyons incised deep into an old land.

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Taking the Plunge: Bend's Polar Plunge Goes Virtual

Special Olympics Oregon is keeping the spirit of the plunge alive this year with a month-long virtual celebration
Ah... the annual Polar Plunge. A beloved winter tradition involving wacky costumes, fundraising and a storm of brave souls rushing into the frigid Deschutes River.

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Pro File: Josh Kelley, Cyclocross Racer ▶ [With Video]

Swapping mud for snow in the high desert landscape
Bendite Josh Kelley has competed at the professional level since 2005, first as a mountain biker, then moving to cyclocross.

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