It's time for a Summer Adventure! | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

It's time for a Summer Adventure!

Tips and Suggestions to Start Your Adventure

The warm weather is finally here, and I don’t know about you, but I have lakes, rivers, bikes, boats and maybe a few beers on the mind. If that’s your vibe, too, then this week’s issue might be of service. Inside this Summer Adventure issue, we share some outings for the intrepid local and newcomer alike. We talk with the new, non-corporate operators of a rafting company, and we share some ins and outs about getting way out, to the Alvord Desert. Screenwriter Jared Rasic gets in on the fun, too, with a number of classic summer movies. And in Natural World, two contributors share the “summer adventures” of some of our most important residents: the pollinators!

Grab your paddle board, pack the sunscreen and then check out these other needed items for summer adventures in Central Oregon

Local owners bring back family-friendly, non-corporate vibe

A Beautiful Five
If you're new here, five great outdoor places to add to your bucket list within two hours of Bend — plus a bonus location!

Desert to Desert
A visit to Oregon's largest playa, the Alvord Desert

Prepped for Adventure
A chat with Luckey's Woodsman Owner/Chef Jackson Higdon, who helps fuel locals for the outdoor Central Oregon lifestyle

Plus native pollinators and Sunriver Nature Center's Wildflower Show and Pollinator Festival

34th Annual Wildflower Show & Pollinator Festival are highlights of the week

Point Breakin'
Staying hot with summer adventure movies

It's time for a Summer Adventure!

Damian Fagan

Damian Fagan is a freelance writer, outdoor enthusiast and avid birder. He is the author of several wildflower field guides including "Wildflowers of Oregon" and "Wildflowers of North America." Fagan lives in Bend with his wife, Raven, and a pollinator-friendly garden.

Julianna LaFollette

Julianna earned her Masters in Journalism at NYU in 2024. She loves writing local stories about interesting people and events. When she’s not reporting, you can find her cooking, participating in outdoor activities or attempting to keep up with her 90 pound dog, Finn.

Savannah Mendoza

Savannah is a creative-based photographer and journalist in beautiful Bend, Oregon. She's a native from Portland and a proud University of Oregon Alumni who loves hiking, going to cute coffee shops and spends most of her free time pursuing photography! She's passionate about the outdoors, wellness, music and romanticizing...

Jared Rasic

Film critic and author of food, arts and culture stories for the Source Weekly since 2010.

Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. You can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis.
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