Flower Border at Old Mill: Friday Flowers

Flower border in full bloom It’s been a while since I walked one of my favorite  short trails in Bend, Oregon . The flower border along the Mill A Loop trail is spectacular right now. Even my dog had to stop and smell the roses. Friday Flowers

Big Bold Art in Bend: LAPC

Big bold and beautiful This summer a new big bold mural was added to the collection of outdoor art in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. Yuya Negishi created this artwork. He was inspired by the mountains, colorful skies, and brilliant flowers of Central Oregon. Did you notice that the dragon in this mural … Continue reading Big Bold Art in Bend: LAPC

Mill A Loop – Deschutes River Trail

Short and sweet hike The Mill A Loop is a short and easy hike that starts on the flag bridge in the Old Mill district of Bend. This 1.1 mile trail is paved and mostly flat. You walk along the Deschutes River for most of the hike.  At certain times of the year, kayakers, stand … Continue reading Mill A Loop – Deschutes River Trail

Art Afoot – First Fridays

Ready to celebrate a new month by looking at some impressive art? If so, you might want to go to Bend, Oregon for the First Friday event. Every month select businesses keep their doors open late in support of the arts. Businesses in the downtown and Old Mill areas host artists while galleries feature the … Continue reading Art Afoot – First Fridays

Vista House: Views of the Columbia

A unique landmark Vista House is a unique landmark sitting high above the Columbia River about a half hour east of Portland, Oregon. Perched atop Crown Point, 733 feet above the Columbia River, this site serves as a rest stop and observatory for people traveling the Historic Columbia River Highway.  Assistant Highway Engineer Samuel Lancaster … Continue reading Vista House: Views of the Columbia

Autumn walk in Bend: LAPC – Finding something red

A beautiful October walk along the Mill A Loop Trail in Bend, Oregon. The rising sun’s rays highlight gold and red fall foliage. The sunlight was hitting the trees just right on this autumn walk. An American flag flies from one of the Old Mill smokestacks. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) renovated the 28,000-square-foot former lumber … Continue reading Autumn walk in Bend: LAPC – Finding something red

Bright bouquets of fall foliage poem

Autumnis bright bouquetsshining in fading lightwarming our souls through the winterseason All Seasons Photo Challenge

Oregon Trail – Baker City: Visiting History

On the Oregon Trail      “We’re almost there,” Pa said. He pointed towards a low sagebrush-covered hill. “It’s just over that rise.”      “How many times have you said that, Pa?” I said to myself. I shaded my eyes and looked at the dismal landscape. Dusty sagebrush and clumps of dry grass for as far … Continue reading Oregon Trail – Baker City: Visiting History

Stairway of Art: LAPC

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs. Vance Havner This stairway of art in the Old Mill district of Bend invites you to hear its story. The garbage can and utility box are supporting cast members in this … Continue reading Stairway of Art: LAPC

Winter Walks in Bend: LAPC

Winter is a special time of the year here in Bend. Winter walks around the neighborhood are highlighted with landscapes covered in snow and ice. He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. John Burroughs Buildings are blanketed with snow and edged … Continue reading Winter Walks in Bend: LAPC

Asian New Year Celebration: Lots of Wow!

Last weekend we attended an Asian New Year Celebration, and the performances we watched were spectacular! This event brought together performances of music, Tai Chi, Parkour, aerial silks, and lion dancing. A local restaurant provided samples of Asian cuisine. There was also a silent auction. The Chinese New Year started on February 5th and it’s … Continue reading Asian New Year Celebration: Lots of Wow!

Feeling Cheesy? Visit Tillamook Creamery

Last June we happened to be in Tillamook, Oregon the day the new Tillamook Creamery visitor center opened. They have 1.3 million visitors a year and the new 38,500 square foot facility is a welcome addition. The original visitor center opened in 1949. We visited that much smaller center years ago. Yes, you can still … Continue reading Feeling Cheesy? Visit Tillamook Creamery

Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade in Bend

Last night we had a front row seat to watch the paddle parade go by on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. This event has taken place for many years, rain or shine. It was kind of blustery weather last night but there were still a lot of people participating in the parade. The event … Continue reading Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade in Bend

Visiting the ghost of a town – Shaniko, Oregon

Stopping at Shaniko I visited the ghost town of Shaniko, Oregon this spring. The town is right on U.S. Route 97 and I’ve driven by it many times but didn’t really know much about it. The 1910 census showed its population at its peak level of 600 people. By 1911, the population plummeted. It’s called … Continue reading Visiting the ghost of a town – Shaniko, Oregon

Clarno Palisades Hikes

Stepping back in time at Clarno Palisades In May I visited the Clarno Palisades area, 18 miles west of Fossil, Oregon in the Clarno Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This unit gets light usage.  We only saw a few other visitors. There are three short hikes near the covered picnic area. The Geologic Time Trail … Continue reading Clarno Palisades Hikes

Glass Buttes obsidian field trip

I went on a field trip recently to one of my favorite places–Glass Buttes. Obsidian is everywhere you look! It’s like being a kid in a candy store. In fact in one of my previous posts, Glass Butte Dragonglass, I show a picture of some obsidian I have collected displayed in a candy bowl. Glass Buttes … Continue reading Glass Buttes obsidian field trip

Osprey pair in action: WPC

An unlikely sighting Last week I was out walking my dog on the Mill A Loop Trail  in Bend, Oregon and I happened to see an osprey pair in the process of creating more ospreys. Spring is in the air! Ospreys often nest in areas close to human activity. This nest is right next to … Continue reading Osprey pair in action: WPC

Beer Flowers

Here’s a picture of the flowers on some hops plants. Here in the Bend area, there are many breweries (about 30) so it’s not uncommon to see this plant. Yes, it helps flavor beer, but it’s also a pretty plant with a distinctive aroma. What makes beer so good in Bend Why are there so … Continue reading Beer Flowers

Bridge of Art Update

I previously posted a picture of the artist at work on this bridge here but thought you might want an update. Here is the completed painting. A different artist painted the inside of the tunnel. Lots of beauty on the bridge, inside the tunnel, and all around. Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge

Friday Flowers & Flag Bridge

Just couldn’t resist posting one more picture of a bridge.  The color of the flags on the bridge are changed with the various seasons, holidays, and events.  This bridge is not far from the one I posted on Wednesday.  The bridge is in Bend, Oregon and it goes over the Deschutes River.  There are some … Continue reading Friday Flowers & Flag Bridge

Bridge of Art

Last summer I was out for an early morning walk and happened to see an artist at work painting a mural on a bridge. Sandy Klein was painting spring flowers and birds on this bridge of art in the Old Mill district of Bend, Oregon. The beautiful artwork sprinkled throughout Bend accentuates its natural beauty. … Continue reading Bridge of Art

A story in layers

Land forms at Capitol Reef National Park The landscape at Capitol Reef National Park tells many stories in colorful layers of rock. The darker columns in the picture above are part of the Moenkopi Formation and it is 225 million years old. The sedimentary layers of rock in this picture consist of silt, sand, clay, and gravel. … Continue reading A story in layers

Bend Whitewater Park

About the Bend Whitewater Park Did you know that you can surf on the Deschutes River? Yes, thanks to the creation of the Bend Whitewater Park you too can hang ten on the river that flows through Bend, Oregon. Maybe you would rather float down in an inner tube – you can do that too. Maybe … Continue reading Bend Whitewater Park

High Desert Museum – Central Oregon Attractions (continued)

When you go outside into parts of the 135-acre property, you will be able to visit various exhibits. The Autzen Otter area is being renovated and won’t be open again until sometime in the spring of 2016. Be sure to stop by to see the entertaining otters once the exhibit reopens. Keep going around the … Continue reading High Desert Museum – Central Oregon Attractions (continued)

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 5 – A History (continued)

Marriage, children, & divorce Edward S. Curtis had married Clara S. Phillips in 1892 and they had four children together. He was gone for long periods of time working on the book project. Due to his long absences and the financial drain on the business, Clara divorced him in 1916 and gained full custody of … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 5 – A History (continued)

Edward S. Curtis “Fever” in Bend, OR

Events and exhibits related to photographer Edward S. Curtis were located all over Bend in the months of September and October. Curtis documented Native American tribes living in many parts of North America in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Part of his work was featured in a 20-volume set of books and 20 separate … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis “Fever” in Bend, OR

Painted Hills – Central Oregon Attraction

It is easy to see why the Painted Hills are designated as one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders. The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is 3,132 acres in size and it is located nine miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. If you visit the Painted Hills after rainstorms move through the … Continue reading Painted Hills – Central Oregon Attraction

Successful Invaders

There are certain members of the plant and animal world that have invaded habitats successfully. Some are admired; others are reviled. A few are both liked and despised at the same time. Where I live, the Western juniper, Juniperus occidentalis, fits into that last category. It is a native species but due to fire suppression … Continue reading Successful Invaders

Lava Lands Visitor Center – Central Oregon Attractions

The Lava Lands Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits that focus on volcanology, geology, ecology, and archeology locally and in regions nearby. As I entered the exhibit area, I noticed the red “lava flows” in the carpet that guide you through the display. Display boards are big, bright, and bold and contain A LOT of information. … Continue reading Lava Lands Visitor Center – Central Oregon Attractions

Metolius Preserve Hike

Last week I went to the Metolius Preserve on a short hike with the Deschutes Land Trust (DLT).  This 1,240 acre preserve is located about ten miles west of Sisters, OR and was acquired by the DLT in 2003. Ponderosa pine trees dominate the landscape but there are also Douglas fir, grand fir, incense cedar, … Continue reading Metolius Preserve Hike

Fort Rock – Central Oregon Attractions

The year is 1905 and you have traveled thousands of miles across the country. You spot a fort-shaped rock formation in the distance and know you are finally close to your destination. A sage thrasher perched atop sagebrush seems to be singing its melodic song to welcome you. As you draw closer, you see several … Continue reading Fort Rock – Central Oregon Attractions

Warm Springs Museum – Central Oregon Attractions

The Warm Springs Museum, located in Warm Springs, Oregon, is impressive inside and out. As you approach the building, note the interesting architecture that echoes some of the structures local tribes lived in. Be sure to view the building from the back as well. The building honors the Wasco, Warm Springs, and Northern Paiute tribes … Continue reading Warm Springs Museum – Central Oregon Attractions

Birding Around Bend

A fluttering of wings draws my eyes. An unknown call turns my head. Finding birds and figuring out what they are is like working as an investigative detective. You notice things that don’t fit into the puzzle that forms the background environment. I’m no expert but I look for clues such as the silhouette, size, … Continue reading Birding Around Bend

Santiam Wagon Road – Central Oregon Attractions

If you are looking for an interesting historical area to visit that is close to Bend, try following parts of the route of the Santiam Wagon Road as it parallels present day Highway 20 and parts of Highway 126 between the cities of Sisters and Lebanon, Oregon. This particular wagon road is interesting because its … Continue reading Santiam Wagon Road – Central Oregon Attractions