No matter what your favorite summer pastime is, there are endless possibilities to enjoy the outside and explore our high desert playground. The hammocks come out, coolers are filled with beer, and camping chairs circle backyard fire pits. Bend roads become lined with cars carrying bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, and camping equipment—all under the watchful eye of a dog with its head out the window. Those willing to push the limits a little further grab their slackline, climbing harness, or paraglider.
This issue highlights several adventure stories, as well as the adventurers making them happen. Be sure to ead about Team Bend Racing, an adventure racing team traveling the globe to compete in multi-disciplinary events that test endurance and navigational skills over challenging terrain.
See the story on one of Bend Lifestyle’s own photographers, Gary Calicott, who shares his first experience paragliding, with camera in hand to show us the view from above.
You’ll also find a guide to hiking nearby Alder Springs. And, if you’re looking to venture out of town, read about a scenic road trip to the Columbia Gorge wine country.
Here’s to a fun and adventurous summer!
ON THE COVER
Racers compete in Bend Racing’s Spring Sting 8-Hour Epic adventure race at Smith Rock State Park.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY CALICOTT