Deschutes River Trail: Sunriver to Benham Falls

This week I’ve decided to chop my way through the Deschutes River Trail from start to finish. Previously, I’ve had the luxury of completing the journey in a day with a shuttle at the end. Now that school is in session and my time is limited, I’m going to have to break the trip up over…

Aspen Wildlife Sanctuary: Walking The Sunriver Labyrinth

My Family and I have been monitoring a little tree through our kitchen window. We watched it sprout neon lime buds in April and develop into a verduous green by July. As school began the leaves slowly paled into a golden yellow. This Saturday we fried breakfast and remarked on the leaves latest shade, crimson. This morning every…

Lava River Cave

I’ve been on sort of a cave kick lately, I blame smokey 90 degree days. Two thirds of Oregon seems to be a blaze, as it usually is in late August. The newspaper has declared ‘Fire’ a season. I’ve found that smoke really messes up majestic vistas (and lung proficiency, go figure). I’ve taken to…

Bates Butte

I really like Bend but I love Sunriver even more! It’s my happy place and for 9 months out of the year I pretty much have it to myself. I can zip around the trails undisturbed, get into the brewhouse without waiting, and buy milk in under 90 seconds. Then there are the months of June, July, and August….

North Twin Lake

If South Twin was my Summer Camp then North was were I daren’t go. I’m not sure why, North Twin is literally that, a twin to my beloved lake. The lakes were formed over 20,000 years ago when a (giant) stream of molten lava collided with water. The resulting explosion created two shallow craters, a mile…

South Twin Lake

When I was young I would read novels about sexy summer camps set on fabulous lake shores. Sensational scandals of murder and tipped canoes glimmered from the pages of my books. Looking up and out onto my own Cascade lake, I remember being bored. Maybe it was just that I was 13 and had spent the last…

Camp Abbot Cinder Pit

I grew up on a cinder road, south of Sunriver. I remember the neighbor kid’s collecting very shiny, iridescent type lava rocks from the ditches that lined our street. They swore that boiling the rocks made the rainbow effect even stronger. The rocks were porous and lighter than other rocks their size, some could even…

Hoffman Island Trail

After coffee one morning I told my family I was interested in going to explore a Kipuka down Hoffman Island Trail. My 6 year daughter set her iPad down. “Are we going to Hawaii?” She was obviously intrigued. “No, it’s only 10 miles away!” A half hour later we arrived at the trail head and…

Benham Falls

6,600 years ago hot molten lava spewed from the side of Lava Butte, damming the Deschutes River and creating Benham Lake. The lake would overflow at a low point on a saddle, this channel eventually formed Benham Falls. The Deschutes travels on North towards Bend down two more clusters of rapids (Dillon and Lava Island Falls)….

Fall River Trail

Crystal clear and cold as Hell, that’s Fall River! One time I thought I would be quite clever and come here to anchor my float tube. I found out really quickly why no one floats here, the water is painfully cold. My feet and ankles turned purple and then numb, I didn’t dare try sitting. Good…