July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

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…

U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle

Thousands of racers skied, biked, ran, and paddled their way through the U.S. Bank Pole Peddle Paddle May 20. Proceeds benefited MBSEF. Photography Brent Barnett

U.S. Bank Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

Hundreds of youngsters took to the Les Schwab Amphitheater to compete as teams in the U.S. Bank Mini Pole Peddle Paddle May 21. 
Photography Brent Barnett

July 2017 Around Town

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has been awarded the Organizational Achievement Award from The Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). FAR-West is a chapter of Folk Alliance International, who fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the U.S. SFF has grown from an annual folk festival into an arts organization that provides…

Where the Rivers Flow

With many world-class features and landmarks less than an hour from Bend—including Mount Bachelor, Smith Rock, and the Badlands—at times we forget about the natural beauty in our backyard. The watchful mountains may stand guard over the High Desert, but a leisurely stroll by a river helps to wash away the daily stresses in our lives. One such hike, Alder…

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE . . .

I am a photographer. When I wander, I wander with a camera. One evening, while out exploring a new road in the desert east of Bend, I happened upon a group of paragliders. I watched in wonder as they peacefully flew in random patterns. As I took photos, I found myself wishing to be up there with them. I went…

Columbia Gorge Wine Country

The Columbia Gorge wine region seems to go out of its way to defy all Pacific Northwest wine culture stereotypes. Straddling both sides of the mighty Columbia River—with a foothold in both Oregon and Washington—this wine region represents different growing climates, and wine experiences, around every corner.

Racing for Adventure

Six teammates swim down an unknown Patagonian whitewater river toward a glacial lake. In the middle of the lake—halfway through the two kilometer swim—hypothermia creeps in, along with doubts of survival. Crawling out of the lake, then huddling together with a tent fly wrapped around their shivering bodies, the team vows to drop out of the adventure race that has…

Teaching Young Adventurers

For Brenna and Bill Warburton—two of the co-founders of Bend Endurance Academy (BEA)—adventuring started at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, as Bill ran the cycling club and Brenna was involved in ski racing and running. A semester in East Africa solidified their shared love of hiking, camping and sailing. As part of the nonprofit BEA, they promote healthy living…