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It’s the season we’ve all been waiting for—summer! And that means it’s time to play in the water. Whether your pleasure is swimming, kayaking, SUP-ing, sailing or just whiling the day away on shore, here are the places to get wet this season. WRITTEN BY K.M. COLLINS



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All the things visitors want to know (plus what locals think they should already know) about navigating, exploring and making the most of time in Bend.

Room to roam. Find yourself a world apart and close to all you love. At Tartan Druim, each luxurious home is situated on a spacious site with unspoiled mountain views. Miles of preserved land beckon you out your door to enjoy nearby snow play, biking and more.

Roam even closer to home and you’ll find Tartan Place, the community park designed for lingering with family and neighbors around barbecues, fire pits and acres of lush lawn. Explore. Breathe. Dwell. There’s room for you here. Starting in the low $1,600,000s.

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CATERING FOR THE OUTDOORS Forget PB&J—these purveyors of luxurious picnics and gourmet camp food will help you take your inner foodie outside.


Oregon Tai Chi teaches tolerance | The history of the Bend Water Pageant | Street Dog Hero finds new homes for rescue dogs



Tiny home, big living on Bend’s westside | A better console table



Bend Electric Bikes gets everyone rolling | Great reads at Dudley’s Bookstore


Outdoor eats | Blissful Spoon ups the ante in gluten-free baked goods | Rapa Nui is your new local tiki bar


BEND NEWS Sisters Quilt Show returns | New Shepherd’s House | Welcome The Grove CO NEWS Prineville’s dark sky | Laird buys Picky BREW NEWS New taphouses | NA beer | Crux IPA collab

ART BEAT Ken Marunowski likes big canvases CULTURE Local producer’s Oscar nod | New book celebrates the Three Sisters Wilderness AESTHETIC LeeMo Designs and origami art

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HANNA MERZBACH Hanna Merzbach is an independent journalist based in Oregon. She writes everything from breaking news to magazine features for High Country News, Portland Mercury, The Source Weekly and more. She covers state and local politics and social justice issues, focusing on housing and homelessness, education and health equity, and anything else that strikes her fancy. In her free time, you can find her scaling rock walls or backpacking in the mountains. For this issue, Hanna wrote about Street Dog Hero in our Helping Hands feature (pg. 59). TAMBI LANE An entrepreneur at heart, Tambi Lane has run a portrait photography business since 2006. She loves collaborating with and supporting other local artists. Currently, she is focused on food photography. Her work has been published in Sunset magazine and two nationally published celebrity cookbooks. When she’s not cooking, eating or photographing food, you can find her in the garden, doing something outdoors or creating something new and fun. In this issue, Tambi photographed outdoor catering inspiration (pg. 106). See and JENNIFER DELAHUNTY Jennifer Delahunty is an educator and essayist who was once a farmer, tending a thirty-acre homestead in Minnesota and a five-acre spread in Tumalo. Gardening on an acre today in Sisters, she has lived in every part of the country with “west” as a suffix—the Midwest, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and various periodicals. Jennifer has taught writing at COCC, the University of Arizona and Kenyon College where she was, for a dozen years, dean of admissions. In this issue, Jennifer wrote about the new farmers of Central Oregon (pg. 88). TOBY NOLAN Toby Nolan is a freelance photographer based in Bend. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Nolan has spent the past fifteen years working primarily in the adventure tourism industry, from fly-fishing guide to sea kayak guide, boat captain to lodge manager. Toby has lived and worked in Ireland, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Canada, New Zealand, Alaska and Oregon. From the early years in the dark room to today, photography has been a constant. He shoots commercially for a wide variety of clients plus many of his favorite magazines and publications. In this issue, he captured Bend Electric Bikes in our Ventures story (p. 73). ELY ROBERTS Ely Roberts has been a photographer for eleven years, creating images with a timeless feel. As a sociology major, Ely is interested in where people come from and what makes them happy, and so prefers photographing people over landscapes. The art of photography, from camera equipment and postprocessing to making people feel more comfortable behind the camera, allows Ely to improve his skills while feeling inspired and creative. Other passions include family, travel, cooking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles. In this issue, Ely photographed “The New Farmers” (pg. 88). KAILEY FISICARO Kailey Fisicaro has been a professional writer for eight years, starting as a reporter while earning her degree in communication studies from California State University, Stanislaus as a first-generation graduate. As a storyteller working in journalism, marketing and public relations for private and public organizations, Kailey’s goal is to share who people are and why they do what they do. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, weaving, podcasts, festivals and natural beauty. In this issue, Kailey wrote about food made to enjoy in the outdoors (pg. 106).


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You don’t have to pedal the world to be a discoverer. Or be the first international female sports star, like Annie Londonderry, a mother from Boston who cycled around the world in 1895. You just have to explore Discovery West. Nestled in Bend’s Westside, this new community is at the heart of beauty, nature, and lifestyle that makes Bend, well, Bend. Visit to learn about the neighborhood, Annie herself – and how you could even find your new home on Londonderry Place. Or head on over to our Discovery Pod, open daily, at the corner of Skyline Ranch Road and Celilo Lane and do your own exploring.


For the Love of Summer As a child on the Oregon Coast, summer meant windswept beaches and running full-tilt towards the sea to splash into toe-chilling waves. As a young adult in Central Oregon, summer became wading into clear and sparkling rivers and dipping into refreshing alpine lakes. Today, the dog days of summer still mean taking my family to our pick of dozens of water bodies to choose from to cool Need Caption off on our annual hottest days. In this issue we celebrate summer, that time of year that everything in Bend warms up to a balmy, vibrant hum, and we all blast outside to soak up as much fresh air, play time, and vitamin D as possible. We devoted eight pages of this issue to the search for summer waters in our feature “Water Water Play Play.” Read about the best ways to get on—and in—the water, and the best places to do so this season. Another pursuit Oregon summers are great for is growing things. In our feature story “The New Farmers,” writer Jennifer Delahunty journeyed all around the county to interview four local farming families and learn more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a modern-day farmer in Central Oregon. From hemp to vegetables, to alpacas and bees, these folks are bringing new life and an innovative, sustainable, and diversity-promoting spirit to the cultivation of local dirt. Are you new to town? Just here for the weekend? Trying to figure out how roundabouts work, where to go for a walk or park your car, and how to get in the river like everyone else seems to be doing? We wrote a story just for you. “How To Bend” is our lighthearted, packed-withinfo directory to navigating and making the most of your time in our fair city, whether it’s for a few days or the rest of your life. Either way, we want you to be a welcome guest to Bend and love this place like we do—with insiders tips, with friendliness to one another, and with an eye for preserving our wonderful town and landscape for all and for the future. Also in this issue: get a taste for dining al fresco with flair and support from local caterers and pro-picnic creators. Read about the amazing historical Bend Water Pageant, which once filled Drake Park and Mirror Pond with floats and festivities on an unimaginable scale. Gain ideas for a day trip hike to Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake. Ride along on a gravel mountain bike tour of the Ochocos outside of Prineville with two of our outdoor writers, Beau Eastes and Lucas Alberg. Finally, wind down and cool off with a tropical cocktail from Bend’s new tiki bar, Rapa Nui. At least once this summer, I dare you to procure fresh goods from a local farm, try something new-to-you in the category of “how to Bend,” and make a running leap into a mountain lake. The season is short, but days are sweet.

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the largest outdoor quilt show on the planet is back. On the second weekend of July, nearly 10,000 people from all fifty states and several foreign countries are expected to flock to Sisters to enjoy this internationally recognized festival. On a Saturday in July of 1975 outside of her quilt shop, Jean Wells Keenan hung up a dozen quilts made by family, friends and her own two hands. The display grew into an annual event and, after years of expansion and outreach, was made a non-profit organization in 2005. SOQS hosts events all year long, leading up to its big festival in July. Last year’s festival was held virtually, with great success. With more than 154,000 views and 48,000 social media interactions, the SOQS team made lemonade out of 2020’s lemons, and were still able to share over 1,300 unique quilt designs online. This year’s festival will combine the new virtual component with the traditional in-person style of past years, with special precautions taken for social distancing and safety. On July 10, the SOQS will display about 500 unique designs, many of which are for sale, and all of which will be spread out to allow for social distancing. See

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Bend Village Project Promises Condos, Hotels, Retail A 250,000-square-foot planned development in west Bend will include condos, two hotels, lawn retail and restaurants overlooking the Deschutes River, parallel to SW Century Drive, between Colorado Avenue and Mount Bachelor Drive. The first phase of development calls for the construction of The Bend Village Resort, with thirty-seven luxury condominiums, according to a website post from NAICascade, a commercial real estate brokerage that facilitated the sale of the property in 2018. The second phase will include 25,000-square-feet of leasable commercial space and the development of a 121-room Hyatt House hotel, with an infinity pool overlooking the Deschutes River. The third phase calls for construction of The Orion, a 113-room hotel from Autograph by Marriott, with a rooftop bar. Several community members have voiced concerns about increased traffic from the new project. The new buildings will be 50 to 60 feet tall, with construction expected to start later this year.

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Low Barrier Shelter Offers Safer Alternative to Homeless Camps Just in time for summer, the City of Bend, in a partnership with NeighborImpact, reopened Shepherd’s House; an overnight, low barrier shelter that offers seventy beds to individuals and families in need. The goal of the shelter is to operate year-round and offer not only physical shelter, but regular opportunities to practice social skills, create new connections and form supportive relationships. Low barrier shelters like Shepherd’s House offer safer alternatives for unhoused community members, in comparison to the homeless encampments that are seen popping up around town. The reopening of the shelter comes at a welcome time, as the Bend City Council is discussing a new policy that would allow the city to remove these camps entirely, if they are deemed unsafe. Bend City Manager Eric King believes that the homeless problem in Bend is caused in part by the affordable housing crisis, stating that, “housing prices have escalated quickly, and it is creating a situation where those folks who are working and trying to afford a place to live just can’t.” .

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A handful of new dining and drinking options opened up in NorthWest Crossing this spring, as part of The Grove, a mixed-use development in the heart of the northwest Bend neighborhood. A highlight of the new 14,000-square-foot market hall is Waypoint, a new bar by Bend Brewing Company. It opened in late May along with a fourth location for Thump Coffee and newcomer Elly’s Ice Cream. Italian-inspired eatery, Sunny’s Carrello, plans to open a permanent location at The Grove in the fall, but has a food truck adjacent to the plaza open now. A second wave of tenants, including Left Coast Burger Company, ThAiPAS (which serves noodles) and GreenLeaf Juice are expected to open in July, while Sebastian’s Seafood & Specialty Market is slated for a fall opening. Aside from dining, The Grove is also offering “Assembly,” its name for fifteen office spaces up for lease ranging from ninety-five to two-hundred square feet. Phase two of The Grove, with an expected groundbreaking in August, will include “The Quarters,” offering thirty-two condominium units with one or two bedrooms, ranging from 550 to 970 sqaure feet. The development is a collaboration between project^, Portland-based architecture firm Hacker, SunWest Builders of Redmond and West Bend Property Company, the developers of NorthWest Crossing.


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partnered with the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) to craft beers celebrating Oregon’s diverse landscapes. These specialty brews, released in June, are part of COLT’s “The Oregon I Am” project, which features a first-ofits-kind map highlighting eighty-one different locations throughout the state. Crux met the challenge of an Oregon-inspired beer by partnering with the Deschutes Land Trust to bring its mobile coolship to Whychus Creek in the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve near Sisters to create an experimental IPA incorporating the wild flora present in the meadow environment. The brew day took place in April, starting at the brewery, where the wort (unfermented beer) was prepared. Typically this would be cooled and transferred to a fermentation tank; instead, it was trucked directly out to the Preserve. With members from Crux and the Land Trust looking on, the hot liquid was pumped into the coolship, steaming and foaming. A coolship is a broad, shallow vessel that allows the wort to cool overnight in the open air. As it cools, wild yeasts settle into it and begin the process of fermentation, lending a unique terroir to the finished beer. This

spontaneous fermentation by itself can be a slow process, so Crux helped it along with kveik yeast, a popular Nordic strain that works well with these styles of beer. Three prior beers in Crux’s “Gypsy Coolship” beer series were brewed this way, unique to different locations around Central Oregon. "The Oregon I Am Experimental IPA" joins other “The Oregon I Am” beers from Ferment Brewing (Hood River), Little Beast and Von Ebert Brewing (Portland), Ninkasi and Oakshire Brewing (Eugene), Terminal Gravity Brewing (Enterprise), and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery (Newberg).

Cellar, from Redmond’s Porter Brewing, and Waypoint, from Bend Brewing Co. The Cellar, located downtown on Oregon Ave. in the speakeasy-like basement beneath Silverado, is modeled after an English pub and serves Porter’s signature cask-conditioned ales. The space is cozy and inviting, embracing the historic nature of the century-old building and the English pub aesthetic. In addition to Porter’s cask mainstays, you’ll find specialties like Distance Learning, an English IPA brewed in collaboration with Bend Brewing Co., just around the corner. In late May, BBC opened Waypoint, located in The Grove, the new market hall development in NorthWest Crossing. Waypoint was designed with a Northwest modern aesthetic—clean lines, tall ceilings, natural wood and a subtle color palette. Besides cocktails, wine and core BBC beers, Waypoint features Grove Pale Ale, exclusively brewed for the new space. The easy-drinking ale features a juicy blend of Cascade and Strata hops. According to head brewer Zach Beckwith, there will also be dedicated taps for other specialties. “We plan on using our Brewer's Choice taps to feature beers that aren't on tap downtown so we have a varied lineup between locations.”

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Non-Alcoholic Beers from Deschutes & Crux FORGET O’DOUL’S: A NEW WAVE OF CRAFT-BREWED NON-ALCOHOLIC (NA) BEERS—SO-CALLED NEAR BEER—has surged in recent years, and locally both Deschutes

Brewery and Crux Fermentation Project have developed NA brews that are worth checking out. Legally defined as having less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume, NA beer appeals to a range of drinkers, for reasons ranging from health or lifestyle concerns to moderation in enjoyment. Deschutes brews Irish Style Dark, reminiscent of an Irish stout that’s fairly dry with mild chocolate notes and mellow, light roast coffee flavors. Crux serves up NØ MØ, an IPA brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops with balanced bitterness and fruity hop character. Still have doubts? Don’t—both are surprisingly tasty options to expand your summertime drinking choices.


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Oregon State Hires First Woman President Rebecca “Becky” Johnson is now serving as the interim president of Oregon State University, making her the first woman to ever lead Oregon’s largest university. The former vice-president of OSU-Cascades in Bend, Johnson joined OSU in 1984 as an assistant professor in the College of Forestry, before ascending into college and university academic and administrative leadership positions. At OSU-Cascades, she helped to reshape the future of Central Oregon by increasing access to college degrees, enhancing business and industry innovation in the regional economy and partnering with the community to grow philanthropic support. Now, Johnson plans on bringing her commitment to students, faculty and the community to the greater OSU community. “I’m excited to engage with our remarkable faculty, staff and students in contributing to the powerful work of Oregon State University across Oregon, the nation and world,” she said. Johnson will oversee the university’s plan to resume in-person classes and activities for the 2021-22 academic year, and will work with students, staff and faculty to ensure that OSU fights to be safe, antiracist, equitable and welcoming. Johnson is set to remain president of the main Corvallis campus for about a year, or until a permanent president is found. See

Sisters-based Laird Superfood announced in May the acquisition of Bend’s Picky Bars, an energy-bar company launched by three athletes in 2010. The $12 million deal means Picky Bars is expected to take advantage of a larger distribution network, getting their products (including How ‘Bout Dem Apples Performance Oatmeal and PB&J All Day Performance Granola and bars like Ah, Fudge Nuts! and Blueberry Boomdizzle) in the hands of more consumers. The products target athletes and those with an active lifestyle, making them a hit on grocery shelves in Central Oregon. “We are so excited to join forces with Laird Superfood,” said Jesse Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Picky Bars. "By integrating with the Laird Superfood team we will accelerate our company goals, bring additional employment and living wages to our community, increase our distribution, and provide us with better access to responsible ingredient sourcing.” Founded by pro-big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, former pro-volleyball player Gabby Reece and entrepreneur Paul Hodge in 2015, Laird Superfood sells superfood mixes used as coffee creamers and hydrating drinks, among other superfood products. See

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Prineville Reservoir Certified as Dark Sky Park The stars are just a little more clear in the dark skies seen from the Prineville Reservoir, and that’s a fact. In May, Prineville Reservoir State Park was certified as an International Dark Sky Park, the first Oregon park to make the list, which includes places around the world with the least light pollution. The certification recognizes the top-notch quality of the park’s skies at night, along with the park’s efforts to install responsible


lighting and educate the public about light pollution. Prineville Reservoir joins only 174 locations worldwide that have followed a rigorous application process for dark sky certification. “The park offers a genuine night-sky experience for those coming from light polluted cities,” said Bill Kowalik, chair of the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association. “Formal recognition of this Dark Sky Park, located in rapidly growing central Oregon, will help to educate the public and decision makers about light pollution, and the value of the night sky to people and to our greater wild ecosystem.” See

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GRAVEL RIDING? Gravel riding began in the United States where long, remote stretches of fire road were used to link road biking, mountain biking and cyclocross. Just hop on your bike and ride on dirt and gravel roads, as opposed to riding on paved roads or single track trail.


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he first rule of gravel riding: Always carry a first-aid kit. And mountain meadows practically begged us to stop and take a post-salami salami. Oh, and a fly rod if possible. and marinated olive salad nap midway through the clockwise loop back The glory of riding Oregon’s forgotten gravel and forest to Walton Lake. The whole loop totaled fifty-seven miles with a little roads is their remote beauty. But they are indeed remote. Yes, bring more than 4,800 feet of elevation gain, two beers drank from a hidden that extra PayDay and backup gauze, because anything is possible. gem of a brewery, and zero—I’m not making this up—cars on the route Last June, looking for a buddy trip that wasn’t too far from our in the last 30 miles from Mitchell back to Walton Lake. homefront in Bend, my oldest friend and I plotted a bike-camping And again, here’s the beauty of bike-camping. By the time we trip in the Ochocos out of Walton Lake. finished our loop, we still had plenty of time to cool off in the lake, A brief interruption in our story to define bike-camping: It’s grill bacon cheeseburgers—calories are goals, not concerns on a not bike-packing, as we set up camp at the lake and did a pair of bike trip—and plot the next day’s adventure before nightfall. gravel rides that each day brought us back to our basecamp. And Where day one was flowy and meandering early on, all along a our burgers. And beer. Bike-camping is a fantastic way to get in definite trail, we mixed things up a bit on day two. Again basing some gorgeous backcountry miles and still eat and drink well our loop off a Dirty Freehub suggestion, the Big Summit Prairie after a full day in the saddle. route, we quickly made a detour to avoid doing part of the same Back to the story: the riding—and more importantly the trail as before. It might have been our best decision of the trip. adventure—in Crook County did not disappoint. On day one, after Riding east out from Walton, we jumped off the Big Summit driving the sixty-six miles northeast from Bend to Walton Lake in Prairie loop less than two miles into the route and headed north the early morning and luckily grabbing a lakeside campsite when towards the Bridge Creek Wilderness, which eventually took us some campers left early, we tackled a nearly sixty-mile loop put to the ridge of the Ochoco Divide. From this point, water f lowing together by the gravel gurus at Dirty Freehub, affectionately titled north of the divide drains into the John Day River, while water Mitch & Walt. What a spectacular way to start the weekend. We going south makes its way into the Crooked River. The top of eased downhill out of Walton for about two miles before making our the divide featured sweeping views to both the north and south, first climb, giving our instant coffee plenty of time to kick in. Riding before we headed south to circumnavigate the 55,000-acre Big gravel on what was essentially the Old Ochoco Highway between Summit Prairie the route is named after. This fifty-mile ride had Prineville and Mitchell, we jumped on an early climb of about 600 it all—a surprise fire lookout, an unexpected wreck where that feet over five miles, taking us as high as 5,300 feet elevation. We had first-aid kit came in handy, random historical markers, and a spectacular views looking north and east of the Ochocos, through mid-day fishing break. We just missed peak wildf lower season, the carnage of the Bailey Butte Fire from 2014. From that high point, it was a ten-mile, 2,300-foot descent Fishing the Little Crooked River that might be one of the most enjoyable stretches of gravel anywhere in the state. Even the eleven miles of pavement, the majority of which are on Highway 26, is bearable because you know there’s a Doc Hawk Northwest IPA waiting for you at Tiger Town Brewing in Mitchell. Rested and refueled on Tiger Town’s beer and muffaletta sandwiches, the Mitch & Walt route took us up approximately 2,500 feet over fourteen miles before things started to level off, showcasing high alpine views more commonly associated with Colorado than Crook County, Oregon. An abundance of streams and

Lucas Alberg, Beau Eastes' oldest friend, traveling companion for the Ochoco weekend jaunt, and fellow Bend Magazine writer, heads uphill on the Summit Road/NF 2630.

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GOOD BIKE CO., PRINEVILLE "We love Good Bike Co. They're the absolute experts on gravel, mountain and road riding in the area and the first place we go when looking for up-to-date info on routes. They know, and sell, gear, and also serve beer!" –Beau Eastes This fall, Good Bike Co. hosts their Ochoco Overlander Bikepacking tour, featuring several of the same locations as this story’s gravel bike rides and camp locations. See for more information and stop in the shop when you’re in Crook County.


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for which Big Summit Prairie is best known, but turning our lunch break on the Little Crooked River into a fishing opportunity with our uber-portable Tenkara f ly rods (they break down small enough to put into bike jerseys) quickly became one of the highlights of the trip. We recorded a few bites, multiple poor casts, and made way too many The Great Outdoors movie references. The loop ended with a northern climb on the east side of Big Summit Prairie, where our pace was slow enough to enjoy the views of the wildflowers that were on their last legs, similar to us after two days of more than 100 miles in the saddle.

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Hiking Crater Lake Beyond sightseeing, Oregon’s national park offers hiking trails and cycling opportunities for the adventuresome WRITTEN BY DAMIAN FAGAN



regon’s spectacular Crater Lake National Park has a short summer window during which time visitors may drive the park’s thirty-threemile-long Rim Drive and gaze into the surreal blue of the nation’s deepest lake. While the majority of park visitors enjoy only the overlooks and viewpoints along Rim Drive, trail lovers will find much to rejoice here. Numerous trails lead to dramatic views, unique geologic features, or meadows bursting with wildf lowers. With a winter snowfall of more than forty-four feet, summer is the short season here, and snow remains in the high country for a long time. Day hikers may obtain current information about trail conditions at the visitor center or online through the park’s website ( Here are a few of our favorite hikes—plus one cycling route and some lodging ideas as a bonus.

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Hiking the Mount Scott Trail

volcano within a volcano, Wizard Island, at various points. A second volcano within the caldera named Merriam Cone, which also erupted post-Mazama event, lies beneath the quiet waters of the lake.

The Watchman


5 miles round-trip, 1,250-feet elevation gain The highest point in the park at 8,938 feet, Mount Scott, named for Oregon pioneer Levi Scott, is a 420,000-year-old volcano that once stood along the lower flank of Mount Mazama. Far enough away when the volcano erupted, Mount Scott survived the cataclysmic eruption that occurred some 7,700 years ago. One of the classic hikes in the park, it’s rated difficult primarily due to its elevation gain and height. The


trail switchbacks across pumice fields and through coniferous forests before gaining the ridge, then traverses past patches of Western anemone (affectionately called Hippy-on-a-Stick due to the “hairy” seed heads) to the summit’s fire lookout. The views of the lake and surrounding mountains, from Mount Shasta to the Three Sisters, reward the effort.

Discovery Point

2.2 miles round trip, 100-feet elevation gain From Rim Village, the epicenter of park activities on the caldera’s lip, a trail strikes west along the rim to Discovery Point offering outstanding views of the lake and the

Hikers can either continue from Discovery Point to the Watchman, a volcanic outcrop that sits high on the caldera’s western rim, or drive to the trailhead for a shorter hike. The Watchman is a block of 50,000-year-old volcanic rock with a 1930s-era fire lookout on the summit and fantastic sunset views. Please don’t feed the raucous Clark’s nutcrackers that might show up—these seed-caching machines are intricately tied to the survival of the whitebark pine and don’t need a handout.

Castle Crest Wildflower Trail 0.4 miles round trip

This forest trail crosses over spring-fed wildflower meadows that erupt with color during the summer. Lupine, monkey flower, bog orchid, paintbrush, shooting stars, elephant head, and bleeding hearts are just some of the many species that bloom along this trail.

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1.6 miles round trip and 415-feet elevation gain

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The Pinnacles

1 mile round trip, 50-feet elevation gain From the Pinnacles Overlook, a trail follows the rim of Wheeler Creek past ash-laden spires. These pinnacles are the result of fiery-hot ash and rock fragments that flowed like an avalanche down the mountain’s flanks during the eruption. Known as pyroclastic flows, these fast-moving flows obliterated all life in their path. When the ash settled, gases escaping through vents welded the debris into pillars or “fumarole chimneys” which erosion has exposed.

Cleetwood Cove

1.1 mile, 700-feet elevation loss During normal, non-pandemic times, the Cleetwood Cove trail is the way to access the docks to embark on a scenic boat tour of Crater Lake. Unfortunately, boat tours (along with trolley tours) have been cancelled for the 2021 season. Visitors can still descend from the rim to reach the lake for a unique vantage point of the caldera and the 1,943-foot-deep-lake. The lake’s depth and excellent water quality enhance the light-absorbing qualities of the water, resulting in the oh-so-blue color.


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An alternate way to explore Crater Lake is by cycling the Rim Drive during the Ride the Rim event, scheduled for two Saturdays in 2021: September 11 and September 18. The Park closes the East Rim Drive, a twenty-four mile segment, to vehicles so that cyclists, walkers, and runners may experience the park vehicle free. Visit for more information and to register.


Crater Lake is located north of Klamath Falls and east of Union Creek. Access to the park is via the North Entrance (Highway 138) or the South Entrance (Highway 62) in the summer (the North Entrance is closed in winter). Entrance fees for private vehicles are $30 for a seven-day pass or $15 per individual for hikers or cyclists. An annual park entrance pass, good for all national parks, is $80—a good investment if one plans to visit various parks or monuments.



For overnight stays, the park has two developed campgrounds, renovated cabins in the Mazama Village, and one of the most spectacular lodges in the National Park Service system, Crater Lake Lodge. Originally built in the early 1900s and renovated in the 1990s, staying overnight in this gem requires advanced booking or getting a lucky open date. Other nearby accommodations in the Union Creek, Fort Klamath, Chiloquin, and Klamath Falls areas include numerous nightly vacation rentals, motels, hotels and the premier Running Y Resort along Upper Klamath Lake.


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A Lesson in Perspective How Master Chen teaches tolerance at Oregon Tai Chi



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JianFeng Chen practicing Tai Chi Fan at Painted Hills, Oregon


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regon Tai Chi was founded by husband and wife duo Karin and JianFeng Chen nearly nine years ago in November of 2012. The studio sits in an unassuming building in Bend tucked next to a gas station and a used car lot—not a place many people might expect to find a traditional Chinese martial arts studio, especially one led by a master with nearly forty years of experience. JianFeng, or Master Chen, as his students refer to him, has been practicing tai chi since he was just 3 years old. “I remember waking up early with my dad and walking down to the river to practice different forms,” Master Chen said. Originally from Zhangzhou, China, Master Chen was 8 years old when he was recruited to live in the sports facility of the Zhangzhou Youth Athlete School and train in tai chi. “He was selected out of 300 plus students to move away from his parents to live and train in the sports facility that housed not only tai chi and wushu, but weight lifting, swimming, gymnastics and more,” Karin said. At 8, he was training to represent his hometown, Zhangzhou, in tournaments. When he was just 11, he was training to represent the entire Fujian province in China in national tai chi competitions. This martial arts background would eventually land him a role in a few Chinese movies and television shows. “My experience in these films showed me that I was constantly drawn to teaching and sharing Chinese martial arts,” Master Chen said. Master Chen moved to the United States from China in 2009. One of his old teachers was teaching tai chi in Portland and invited him to become an instructor at his studio. He met his wife, Karin, in Portland. After that, it wasn’t long before they took a trip down to Central Oregon and fell in love with the area. About ten years ago, the couple found the current space that holds Oregon Tai Chi, and they’ve been part of the community ever since.


Master Chen and a group of students performing at the Asian and Pacif ic Islander Festival at COCC in 2018.

“Through tai chi, we can teach kids about non-instant gratification. Tai chi is not something that can be done in a rush, and it takes time to see the labors of your hard work.”

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At the studio, Master Chen teaches all levels and forms of tai chi, from the commonly thought of slow and focused movements that we imagine seniors doing in a park, to the fast-paced, competitive form of wushu. Master Chen, who teaches all ages, believes that there are benefits to having children train in slower forms of tai chi. “Through tai chi, we can teach kids about non-instant gratification. Tai chi is not something that can be done in a rush, and it takes time to see the labors of your hard work. A lot of things in kids’ lives now are so instant, and it can help to train in something that slows you down and calms you, like tai chi,” Master Chen said. Elizabeth Collings and her husband Gerry Thomas are both retired dentists from Portland who have been practicing tai chi for about twenty years. They have been practicing with Master Chen at Oregon Tai Chi for seven years now, since they moved to Bend to retire. “Master Chen’s studio is a welcoming and fun place to learn tai chi. Master Chen has a great sense of humor and uses gentle, enthusiastic and masterful ways of guiding students at all levels. The classes allow a sense of community, and engender support and respect for fellow


classmates. Through the classes, we have made life-long friends both young and old,” said Collings. “Tai chi has helped Gerry rehabilitate following knee surgery and allows me to manage a neurological movement disorder, especially with the use of intentional movement inherent in all tai chi forms. We always leave class with an uplifting feeling of accomplishment.” Tim Cash, a Bend filmmaker with seventeen years of experience, has created several short films on Master Chen and Oregon Tai Chi. “My motivation for making the films was really to pay homage to Master Chen and his lineage of teachers, and to share the philosophy behind this 1000-year-old art form,” Cash said. While his friendly, lighthearted teaching style might stand in contrast to the teachers of his youth in China, Master Chen sees his teaching style as something that is adaptable to the different perspectives of his students. “As he would say, it’s all about balance, ebb and flow, and yin and yang,” Cash said. Master Chen can be soft when he needs to, and rigid when it’s necessary. It all depends on the perspective of the student. The idea of perspective is an important one to Master Chen. When you walk into his studio, you will find a clock on the wall. Upon further inspection, that clock actually turns backwards. When viewed through one of the studio’s large mirrors, it flips again.


Master Chen uses this as an example of perspective. He believes that it is important to consider what other people have experienced and how that is affecting their words and actions, much like it is important to understand your own experiences and how they are affecting your point of view. Graciously, Master Chen extends this attitude to some of the racist incidents he has experienced in the past. Despite a few negative experiences in Bend, he still holds fast to the belief that people are born good, and it is ignorance that drives hate. As a bridge between cultures, he sees himself as someone who can help fight ignorance, and help us all become a closer community. Tai chi can be seen in the community during flashy wushu performances, peaceful classes in the park and combat-sport competitions. Annually, Oregon Tai Chi can be seen during the Asian New Year. What was originally a fundraising event for a nonprofit organization in China has turned into a fundraising event for the Bend High life skills program. You can check out the event online at The short films made by Tim Cash can be viewed on Master Chen’s Youtube channel, “JianFeng Chen.” You can also view Cash’s feature length work on Amazon Prime.

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n 1932, a group of business owners were sitting around a table in a local coffee shop in Bend. Their community, like all others in the nation at the time, was struggling to survive in the Great Depression. Led by the owner of Bend’s Capitol Theatre, Byron “Dutch” Stover, the group was looking for new ways to get people to visit town. Bend remained a popular tourist destination, but the economic collapse of the nation meant that the town needed more help than ever.

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Stover was regularly coming up with ideas surrounding performing arts and was a big early supporter of local pageants. He settled on the idea of a water carnival, originally proposed in order to incorporate the nearby Mirror Pond into the town’s Fourth of July festivities. This water carnival would be similar to a regular parade of floats, except it would take place on the Deschutes River. It would also crown a pageant queen every year, who was usually a local teen. On July 4, 1933, the first Bend Water Pageant took place. Weeks before the event, the town was hard at work getting ready. The float near the modern day and aptly named Pageant Park was not a task to prepare for overnight. The first year, the pageant creators envisioned a rainbow of water that the floats could pass under when they came through Mirror Pond. This proved to be too complicated, so pageant officials opted to create a huge wooden arch every year after the first pageant that floats could pass under, fit with colorful lights to resemble a rainbow. In 1934, the arch was one of the tallest structures in Bend. The fact that this relatively big construction project was devoted to a completely temporary structure speaks to how significant the Bend Water Pageant was to the town. “I don’t think anybody had really caught on to this big vision that he [Stover] had for the water pageant,” said Kelly Cannon-Miller, executive director of the Deschutes Historical Society in a short film about the Bend Water Pageant called Let There Be Light. The pageant became an opportunity for the Bend community to forget their woes. For one night, while the entire nation celebrated freedom and independence, people in Bend could stop by Mirror Pond and relax as they watched the colorful floats of swans and fairy tale figures pass under the arch; each color twinkling across the dark water to create a spectacle of light that dazzled locals and tourists alike.


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“The pageant saw its peak popularity in the 1940s, when thousands of people would flock to town to see it.”

“One of the things I love the most about this story is that for all those years, it was a chance for people to just be creative and build these beautiful things together. At a certain level, it was a giant group art project. Everyone brought their skills to bring this project to fruition,” Cannon-Miller said. The pageant saw its peak popularity in the 1940s, when thousands of people would f lock to town to see it. By the 1950s, the event had gotten almost out of hand. “Due to how many people were showing up, it would sometimes take six weeks to get Drake Park clean again,” Cannon-Miller said. By the early 1960s, the pageant had grown to such a size that it took a team of 200 volunteers two entire months of work, just to be ready in time for the Fourth of July. “The clean up combined with the massive effort it took to create the pageant created its decline,” Cannon-Miller said. America had changed, and Bend with it. The strife from the Great Depression had passed and a generation had come and gone. The pageant, like many old traditions and institutions in the 1960s, was viewed as outdated and ultimately unnecessary. In 1965, when the last f loat had left Mirror Pond, the final pageant came to an end. The history of the pageant is preserved around town in parks and archives, where visitors can learn about a nearly forgotten history and celebrate the legacy left behind; one of collaboration, creativity and community. Top: “Maid of Athens,” Bend Water Pageant, 1937 Middle: Queen Marjery Skjersaa and her court, 1940 Bottom: The real swans of Drake Park gather at the riverbank to comtemplate their supersized, and temporary, Water Pageant swan friends, 1954.


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Marianne Cox does outreach for a spay and neuter clinic in Pescadero, Mexico


Street Dog Hero Bend nonprofit combats worldwide dog overpopulation one pup at a time WRITTEN BY HANNA MERZBACH



hen Marianne Cox first traveled to Mexico in 2002, she was shocked to find dogs littering the streets. She vowed to someday rescue a street dog. Instead, she’s saved thousands. In 2017, despite having no experience running a nonprofit, Cox founded Street Dog Hero, a Bend-based organization that rescues dogs from around the world and f lies them to families throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cox’s operations sprouted in Sayulita, Mexico, where she first saved “Trece,” a Vizsla mix that she found a home for within three days. Now, Cox’s rescue dogs hail everywhere from meat farms in South Korea to overcrowded shelters in Texas. “My heart is with the dogs that no other rescues want,” said Cox, “because I think they deserve a home, too.” Although Cox wishes she could save every street dog, rescuing and f lying them across the world is no easy task. Each pup is rescued by one of Cox’s partner organizations, which work on the ground in Mexico, India, South Korea, China, Puerto Rico, Albania and the Virgin Islands. Then, volunteers escort the dogs through the airport and fly them back to either Redmond, Seattle or Portland, where their foster or adoptive families await. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in this well-coordinated travel jigsaw. With most international borders closed, the Street Dog Hero team moved their operations closer to home. Cox’s rescue

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Canelo found his forever home in Bend, Oregon after being rescued from La Paz, Mexico

partners and volunteers drove across the Mexican border three times a week and returned with cars jam-packed with dogs. They also began clearing out shelters domestically, in Oregon, California and Texas, and the quarantine pet-craze only further fueled their adoption rates. In 2019, the organization rescued 450 dogs, and in 2020, they saved over 600. Cox said, “COVID made us help so many more dogs, and that’s why I have so much grey hair right now,” she said and laughed. Like most nonprofit founders, Cox is overworked, yet she said, “it’s all worth it in the end.” Street Dog Hero—which has a six-person team in Bend—relies on fundraising dollars and adoption fees to fund operations. Cox also can tap 10 Barrel Brewing for raffle prizes and event facilities, because her husband is a co-founder of the company. “My husband says I’ll kill the family (while driving) to save a chipmunk running across the road,” said Cox, who is known for being an animal lover. Once she started rescuing dogs, Cox quickly realized how many dogs she couldn’t save. She pivoted to also combat the root problem of dog overpopulation, holding pop-up spay and neuter clinics several times a year in Mexico. During the pandemic, she instead launched clinics across rural Oregon, in LaPine and Christmas Valley, but she looks forward to the time when the organization can expand these efforts worldwide. Cox’s long-term goal is for Street Dog Hero to no longer be needed because the organization has educated communities on how to address dog overpopulation. Until then, Cox and her team will find homes for one dog at a time. Learn more at




Tiny But Mighty A sustainable dream space in west Bend WRITTEN BY TERESA RISTOW | PHOTOS BY GRACE PULVER

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ary and Joe Ostafi are both trained architects, so they know a thing or two about building design. They’re also minimalists, who enjoy being purposeful about their possessions, their spaces and their lives. That’s why during the pandemic, as they sat working remotely from their 550-square-foot apartment in Oakland, California, they realized a change was in order. Mary had always dreamed of living in Oregon and both were eager to immerse themselves in the outdoors and escape some of the chaos of living in the city. “We’d never been here before, but I’d wanted to live in Oregon my entire life,” Mary said. “We were just looking to get closer to nature.” Joe had heard good things about Bend, and they liked that Central Oregon was less rainy than the Willamette Valley. “We took a chance and packed up a van and moved here,” Joe said.


As the couple settled into a rental home in Bend, they began looking for a permanent space to live that embodied their values, including sustainability. Mary started her career as an architect focusing on sustainability, getting in early on efforts focused on green building. She traveled to Sweden to pursue sustainability in grad school in the late 2000s and returned to practice architecture along with Joe at a firm in St. Louis. Today she’s a high-performance coach who



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works with social and environmental entrepreneurs, guiding her clients to grow the sustainability movement. Meanwhile, Joe continues to practice architecture, designing mostly new research-and-development laboratories in Silicon Valley. When it came to looking for a home in Bend, they wanted something environmentally friendly, with a small footprint. Luckily for the Ostafis, the new Hiatus Roanoke development was just underway, and their dream home wasn’t far out of reach. The west Bend development features ten two-bedroom homes perched on a hill, each 1,200-square feet in size (including a 350-square-foot finished garage) and expertly designed to be energy efficient—about 40 to 50 percent more efficient than current building codes require. It’s the second development



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by Hiatus Homes, following Hiatus Benham, a community of eleven studio-sized tiny homes in southeast Bend, which are also energyefficient. As Joe said, the couple’s new home at Hiatus Roanoke is high-performance—a perfect fit for his wife, a high-performance coach, and himself, a high-performance architect. The home was built with non-toxic materials, features a ductless, high-efficiency ventilation system, wall-mounted tankless toilets and high-performance windows, all details that make the home more environmentally friendly. The Ostafis were first in line to buy, and moved into their new home in late March.


All settled in, the home feels purposeful and not too confined, with the Ostafi’s furniture sliding into place just right. It’s a perfect amount of space for the couple, along with their 14-year-old rescue cat, Adison, who loves basking in the home’s plentiful natural light, but is still deciding what she thinks of the scruffy little dog that lives next door. The two-level home features a compact garage with entry into the downstairs bedroom, which is used as Joe’s office or a guest room, with its own full bathroom. Upstairs is the main bedroom (also used as Mary’s office), main bathroom and open concept living, dining and kitchen area. The highlight of the space is a massive folding glass

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door, opening up the living room to the upstairs outdoor patio and incredible views of Bend, including the Old Mill District. Peering to the right, the Ostafis can see Mount Bachelor in the distance, behind a towering Ponderosa pine tree that partially covers the snow-capped peak. The home’s unique angled roof is designed to complement the sunlight yearround, blocking harsh light in the summer evenings but still offering plenty of natural light for the winter. Down below the deck, the Ostafis can see the last few homes in the mini development taking shape. The first five homes have sold, with the remaining five, still under construction, expected to hit the market this summer. As the neighborhood fills up, the Ostafis expect to get along well with the new residents. “We all probably share similar values if we’re buying smaller homes,” Mary said. The Ostafis adore the design of their new home, and Mary loves that the lower square footage encourages the couple to continue the minimalist lifestyle. “What we love about it most is that it’s a small house,” Mary said. “We love the modern, minimalist design. They really leveraged every inch of space.” Even if the Ostafis had used their own architectural skills to design something custom, the end result would have been very similar, Mary said.

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Soaking in the sunshine from the patio on a late spring evening, the Ostafis said they’re eager to see more of what Bend has to offer, post-pandemic. They’re taking care of a gardening plot at Millers Landing Community Garden, and are regulars at the Bend Farmers Market, where they like to pick up fresh produce for Joe—a former sous chef—to use in home-cooked meals. They feel like they’ve just begun to explore the region’s

culinary scene and are eager to meet more people in the community. They’ve already met their first two neighbors in the development, who have moved in on either side of their house—and are enjoying exploring the outdoors via biking, with plans to get kayaks or paddleboards in the future. Joe said, “We love the idea of being in this community of people with like-minded views.”


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terling and Kathy McCord have always been one step ahead. Sterling worked in sustainable construction when building green was just emerging within the industry. Meanwhile, Kathy opened up Bend’s first citywide takeout delivery service (Bend Takeout Express) years before Uber Eats was even a thing. When the recession hit in the mid-2000s, the pair turned to their family for the inspiration for their next venture. With two young kids at the time, Sterling was looking for an easier and more sustainable way to commute around town and get the kids to and from school. One day while riding his recently converted electric hub scooter, the idea of an e-bike business emerged. “It came from a sustainability point of view,” he said. “Nobody at the time was doing e-bikes or looking at sustainable transportation so we saw an opportunity.” With Kathy’s business savvy and Sterling’s vision, the pair set to work and in November 2008, Bend Electric Bikes was born. An electric bicycle, commonly referred to as an e-bike, is equipped with an electric motor powered by a battery that produces power for assisting propulsion. E-bikes range from small motors assisting the rider’s pedaling to a more powerful assist via a throttle. E-bikes are a flexible, eco-friendly alternative form of transportation that’s risen in popularity not just in Bend, but around the globe. Many see e-bikes as a way to drive less, avoid traffic congestion and stay healthy, all the while barely breaking a sweat uphill on their way to work. In the early days of Bend Electric Bikes, these now common fixtures on the road were only just beginning to gain a foothold. “We were a bit of a


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spectacle in the beginning,” Kathy said. “We would turn a lot of heads, answer questions and get a lot of stares.” Early e-bikes were somewhat clunky with large batteries and less than desirable aesthetics, but that began to change when more reputable bicycle manufacturers such as Giant and Specialized started producing e-bikes in the late 2000s. E-bikes slowly became lighter, more cost-effective and equipped with more energyefficient batteries, which meant longer range capabilities for riders. Eventually, Sterling believes, you may not even be able to tell the difference between an e-bike and a traditional analog bike. Along with technological advances, the e-bike form factor has also expanded to meet consumer needs and now users can find everything from commuters and hybrids to cargo bikes, touring bikes, gravel and e-mountain bikes. The McCords have seen the trend evolve firsthand at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo, the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America. “Each year the e-bike section would slowly get larger and larger,” Kathy said. “Until finally the last one we went to seemed more heavily skewed toward e-bikes than traditional bicycles.” Sterling said customers of Bend Electric Bikes run the gamut of age and ability. “Some are looking for a substitute for a car or to commute to work, others are simply looking to spend more time outside and just want to have fun,” she said. Kathy said she also sees many couples come in for e-bikes, which can be an equalizer for varying abilities and allow one rider the ability to keep pace with another. The boom in popularity of e-bikes over the last decade has helped propel the sales of Bend Electric Bikes and grow the company to seven full-time employees. This past year, the company saw its sales of e-bikes more than double due to a surging interest in bicycles during the pandemic, and Sterling said the company is on track for even more growth in 2021.

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More than anything, however, Sterling and Kathy are just happy to see more people on bikes. “As a 53-year-old female, I’m all about pushing past stereotypes of who rides bikes—e-bikes are for everyone,” Kathy said. “You can see people’s minds opening up about all the new options they have; all the barriers that can be eliminated—hills, distance, weather, arriving to work sweaty, overcoming injuries. It’s inspiring to see people walk through the doors and be excited about bikes.”

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Neighborhood Bookstore Owner Tom Beans talks downtown Bend’s Dudley’s Books INTERVIEW BY KIM COOPER FINDLING


om Beans grew up in suburban Philadelphia and moved West in 1993, landing a job at Tower Books in San Mateo, California. He moved to Bend in 2011 and, after stopping by Dudley’s one day in 2014, happened to speak to the owner and suddenly had a new job. A few months later, Beans purchased the shop. Bend Magazine sat down with Beans to talk the rewards and challenges of owning a bookstore, and the future of print.

Rumors continue to fly about the death of books. What is your feeling on the future of the printed book industry? First it was the big box stores that were going to wipe out indie bookstores. Then it was the combo of Amazon and the rise of eBooks. Amazon is the 900-pound gorilla in the room, but eBook sales continue to decline year over year. We all spend too much time on screens, and the resurgence of indie bookstores is in part due to screen-time backlash. Printed books aren’t going anywhere. How did you survive the pandemic closures of last year? Like just about everyone else we were closed from mid-March until the end of June. It was usually just me sitting in a dark shop fielding emails and phone calls. We had plenty of customers coming by for curbside pickup and we did (and still do) free local delivery. What was a real difference maker for us was the launch of our online sales platform partnership with Online sales paid our rent from April to June which was a huge relief. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of our community rallying around us like they did at a time when we were all struggling.

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love all day long. I get to meet interesting people, both locals and folks from all over the country. If there’s one single thing I had to choose, it’s deciding what books to bring into the shop. I spend just as much time reading about books as I do reading them and, almost daily, I get to apply that knowledge and try to choose titles that I think our customers will find interesting. We don’t Tom Beans, owner of just stock popular titles and I Dudley’s Bookstore try to choose books that will push people a bit and maybe Dudley’s has been mentioned in big media. expand their horizons beyond their How did that come about and what was the normal comfort level. impact on your store? As for challenges, there’s this I wish I could say I had a direct hand in misconception that owning a bookstore that, but I think it’s just a factor of Bend is an easy dream job for any booklover, growing into a national tourist destination but the reality is the “business” part or, in the case of The Guardian from the has to come first. What really made United Kingdom, a worldwide one. Those the difference for me was the two-year pieces came out as things were really Small Business Management program taking off in Bend, but I still hear folks at COCC. For any curious local small mention, “We read about you in The New business owners, I can’t recommend the York Times,” and that’s pretty cool. program highly enough. How do you see your relationship to the Bend community? Pre-Covid, Dudley’s was a meeting place for so many different members of our community, and we loved providing that space. I’m really proud that we’re the first bookstore in the country to join one percent for the Planet and all of that money goes to local environmental non-profits doing great work here in Central Oregon. Tell us about your daily rewards and challenges. There’s so much I love about this job. I get to talk to folks about books I

Describe your dream future for indie bookstores. The “Shop Local” message continues to spread and there’s a great little indie bookstore in towns all across the country.

Dudley’s top five bestsellers of 2020 1. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 2. Untamed by Glennon Doyle 3. Promised Land by Barack Obama 4. Overstory by Richard Powers 5. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan






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You’ve heard the joke, right? Central Oregon has two seasons: winter and August. Well, it’s the hotter season of the two once more, and you’d better enjoy it while it lasts! Here’s a run-down of ten ways to cool off in the high desert and dip in a watery oasis this summer.

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“SUP” a Lake Scattered about the Cascade Lakes Highway are a smattering of inland waterways of many shapes and sizes, all perfect for a stand-up paddle session. Elk Lake offers a resort with backcountry fine dining, live music and water sport rentals. Devil’s Lake is a short and sweet traverse with the most gorgeous aquamarine water you’ve ever seen. Sparks Lake is fed by a sneaky secret creek you can paddle up and its banks have hidden campsites.

Centrally located in the Old Mill District, the Bend Whitewater Park offers traditional river surfing and kayak playboating opportunities. Bring your own gear or rent from a handful of vendors in town. To have the best experience, check the Bend Parks and Recreation web and Facebook pages for updates on water flow, safety and line-up etiquette. Act like a local by remembering, these amenities are for everyone to share!


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Kayak a Reservoir Spread out across Central Oregon are Lake Billy Chinook (north of Bend), Crane Prairie Reservoir (south of Bend) and Prineville and Ochoco Reservoirs (east of Bend)—each excellent for kayaking. For views of towering walls of John Day-formation geology and on-site rentals, check out Billy Chinook. For epic lounging, camping and shoreline exploration, see Crane. For superb bass fishing right from your cockpit, dive into Prineville and Ochoco.

River Clean-Ups


Although the opportunity to clean up whatever section of river you find yourself on is always an option, there are also organized all-day events for river clean-up volunteering. The longest standing such event, organized by The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, is in its 25th year. Scheduled for Saturday, July 31 this year, the clean-up will scour Meadow Camp, Riverbend Park, McKay Park, First Street Rapids Park and Sawyer Park for litter and trash. Wherever you go, pack it out!

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Take a Dip For a mellow afterwork river outing, how about a dip in the townie section of the Deschutes River corridor? This is a great family friendly activity that won’t break the bank. Check out Farewell Bend Park near Bill Healy Bridge for late day warm weather swimming. For a big grassy knoll and tons of put-in space on a cobble beach, see Riverbend Park. To settle into the juniper and desert landscape while dipping, try First Street Rapids—a long time locals hot-day haunt.

For everything scuba, stop by Central Oregon Diving. They provide gear (rentals and retail), classes and certifications. Once you get your kit and cert, join them for one of their international hosted trips. Locally, Waldo and Clear Lake are named as diving hot spots. Clear Lake boasts a sunken forest and uncommon clarity.


For those who don’t love getting wet but enjoy the water, try a self-guided river’s edge birding tour. Get your avian checklist from the visitor’s shop in the Old Mill and start marking off birds as you walk the paved footpath. On either side, the path stretches three miles upriver and becomes increasingly forested. Scout red winged black birds, mergansers, baby geese and more. Bonus points if you happen to see an osprey dive and catch his next meal!

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Waterfall Kisses What is a waterfall kiss, you ask? It’s when the mist from falling water lightly lands on your epidermis, such that it feels like a thousand cool tiny fairy kisses. Some favorite local waterfall baptisms are to be found at Paulina Falls in Newberry Caldera, Tumalo Falls at the end of Skyliner Road and Sahalie Falls on the McKenzie Pass.

Raft Big Eddy


A popular bachelor(ette), family reunion and honeymoon outing, Sun Country Tours and Seventh Mountain Resort offer white water rafting trips on the Big Eddy thriller stretch of the Upper Deschutes River, just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Century Drive in Bend. Think of it as a local river roller coaster ride. The outfitter provides personal floatation devices, paddles, a raft and a guide. Although some locals navigate this stretch in their personal time, going with professionals is highly recommended!

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Wakeboard or Waterski Motorboat, motorboat, go so fast, motorboat, motorboat, step on the gas! Take your waterskis and wakeboards out of storage and head for one of Central Oregon’s motorboat-friendly lakes including Lake Billy Chinook, Cultus Lake, Twin Lakes and Prineville Reservoir. New on the scene is Tanager, the region’s first private ski lake—all you need to do is to buy a home in the development to access the lake.

Sail Away



That sailboat in your garage itching for some action? There isn’t a lot of sailing to be had in Central Oregon, but a small contingent of enthusiasts gather at Elk Lake in the summertime. Get out the polo shirt, put on the yacht rock and cruise with those sails unfurled.

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We asked, you delivered! Our readers submitted photos of their own water play sessions. Check out our #thisisbend water edition starting on page 128.

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What do a doctor, a math teacher, a diesel mechanic and an entrepreneur do when they want to change careers? Farm, of course. For a number of enterprising Central Oregonians, farming is a passionate second act. While an older generation of local farmers have “aged out,” said Annie Nichols, farm and ranch support manager for the High Desert Farm and Food Alliance, younger (though not always young) farmers are emerging. Despite many challenges including the weather, the rising cost of land and contentious water rights, some people with big dreams and a spiritual draw to the land are changing careers and choosing to farm. “To get started, new farmers need to believe that they are helping their communities and the land,” said Nichols. She noted that small farms “are an important way to combat climate change—and the new generation of farmers gets that.” Here are the new farmers: romantics and realists, driven by a belief that cultivating something—amaranth or alpacas, honey or hay—is a meaningful way to contribute to Central Oregon’s vibrancy and self-sufficiency.


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WHAT DO A DOCTOR , a math teacher, a diesel mechanic and an entrepreneur do when they want to change careers? Farm, of course. For a number of enterprising Central Oregonians, farming is a passionate second act. While an older generation of local farmers have “aged out,” said Annie Nichols, farm and ranch support manager for the High Desert Farm and Food Alliance, younger (though not always young) farmers are emerging. Despite many challenges including the weather, the rising cost of land and contentious water rights, some people with big dreams and

a spiritual draw to the land are changing careers and choosing to farm. “To get started, new farmers need to believe that they are helping their communities and the land,” said Nichols. She noted that small farms “are an important way to combat climate change—and the new generation of farmers gets that.” Here are the new farmers: romantics and realists, driven by a belief that cultivating something—amaranth or alpacas, honey or hay—is a meaningful way to contribute to Central Oregon’s vibrancy and self-sufficiency.



Dave Naftalin is as comfortable in a boardroom as he is on a tractor. Naftalin came to Central Oregon after owning a Washington D.C. commercial real estate firm and working as a Maryland park ranger. Upon arriving in Bend, he became director of operations and director of the global supply chain for Humm Kombucha. After a few years, he looked around at his Tumalo land and asked, “What’s next?” The answer arrived in the realization that “my purpose in life is to raise children, plants and animals.” Now in his third season, Naftalin’s farm (five of his own and twentyfive rented acres) includes sixty alpacas and 5,000 hemp plants. “Central Oregon is the Napa Valley of hemp,” Naftalin declared, noting that the climate, water and soil are ideal. While half of all hemp farmers who entered the market when the law changed in 2015 have already quit, Naftalin has gone all in, raising hemp that produces CBG (cannabigerol), one of more than 100 cannabinoids whose significant medical benefits are emerging through ongoing research. Recently, both Japanese and Swiss government representatives flew in to investigate Naftalin’s approach to growing hemp which is, he said unapologetically, “producing some of the highest potency CBG crystals ever seen. When top European and Asian distributors are contacting a small farmer in Tumalo, you know this is huge.” Naftalin and his full-time farm hand are “like mad scientists,” tending each plant every day, piping in classical music and using drip lines to transport live bacteria and amendments to the plants. And while he initially got into alpacas for the fiber, he’s now “breeding for the best genetics in the world.” “I work this land and the land works me,” Naftalin said, noting this is the hardest he’s ever worked for the least remuneration. However, when the single dad takes a rare moment to look out on his flock, his fields and his three children, he says, “I’m living the life I’m meant to live.”

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Lazy Z Ranch FROM MATH TEACHER AND THERAPIST TO HISTORIC RANCH OWNERS John and Renée Herman have run the Lazy Z ranch just south of Sisters since June 2020. Leaving behind their “cushy” (John’s word) life in San Diego and coming to Central Oregon to care for the eighty-three-acre iconic ranch is the culmination of a long-held dream. “Farming was in our blood in different ways,” Renée said. John grew up on a northern California ranch and Renée’s Kirkland, Washington, parents were mad gardeners. While living in California and starting a family, John worked as a math teacher and Renée studied to become a marriage and family therapist. Still, they knew they “wanted to tie down into the soil somewhere.” What are their hopes for the Lazy Z? “A mix of a plan and surprise,” Renée said. To create the plan, they spent months meeting with neighbors and experts to suss out practices to restore the soil, which John described as “compacted and dead” from years of flood irrigation, overgrazing and too many horses. They will spend their first growing season adding organic material to sixty-three irrigated acres, planting thirty different seeds for pollinators and waiting for the surprise. “We want to see what will grow here,” John said. Their goal for the irrigated land? To create half a foot of organic material over the next five to ten years. They’d love to lease some land to other growers who share their farming and ranching values, which

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they describe as “regenerative.” Also already in place are hundreds of bees and a dozen bee boxes, which were colorfully painted by art students at Sisters High School. The scope of their dream echoes the hopes of 19th century homesteaders. “We describe ourselves as a regenerative nectar and pollen farm, focusing on bee products, u-pick and potentially, someday, a small winery,” said John. They are already boarding horses, hosting cattle who are “massaging” and fertilizing the soil, planting berries and pumpkins, raising goats, and cultivating bee hives (John is the beekeeper). Soon they hope to brew honey mead, restore their impressive 100-year-old barn (could it become a farm brewery like those they saw in Belgium?) and, very importantly, turn the Lazy Z into a community resource for Sisters. “The reality of how the community has responded to our dream is so much more than we could have imagined,” Renée said. They have no delusions about the Lazy Z supporting their family of four; Renée works as a therapist in Redmond. “Our goal is to have enough money to live and to give back to our community,” John said.


Sakari Farms


The sign on Highway 20 just north of Tumalo says “Sakari,” which means “sweet” in Inupiat, the language of its owner’s Native Alaskan tribe. “There aren’t many words for farming or plants in the Arctic,” said Upingakraq “Spring” Alaska Schreiner with a laugh, “but many words for snow, whale and walrus.” Spring is the indigenous agriculturalist, seed keeper, farmer, owner and educator at Sakari Farms. Ten years ago, she launched the Central Oregon Seed Exchange, growing on rented plots across the county. In 2018, she and Sam Schreiner bought a six-acre farm, and their work shifted into turbo. The compact farm is humming with activity. Greenhouses burst with vegetables and specialty tribal peppers (Sam’s passion). Fields feature Native plants for ceremonial use as well as eating and dyeing. Flowers, squash and rows of lavender and thyme attract bees tended by a keeper. In the off-season, they prepare healing teas, hot sauces and other plant-based products and sell them through Sakari Botanicals. Additionally, the farm is home to a cold-climate seed bank, along with both educational courses and cooking classes. Outreach to Native populations throughout Central Oregon is part of Sakari’s mission. Organic and biodynamic growing practices guide their work. They hold the Intertribal Agricultural Council’s “Made by Native American” patent certification. Before they turned all their attention to farming, Sam, a Camp Sherman native, was a diesel specialist, and Spring was working for the Deschutes Water Soil and Conservation District. In the ultimate “meet cute,” they were introduced while Spring was running the county’s manure exchange program.


For Spring, farming is both a way of making a living and an act of social change. “With the social unrest last summer, I had an ‘aha’ moment,” she said. “Different voices were needed.” Serving on multiple regional and national agricultural boards and educational committees as an advocate for local farmers and tribal members, Spring was awarded the 2021 Na’ahlee Tribal Fellowship and the 2019 National Association of State Department of Agriculture Women Farm to Food Award. To reinforce her indigenous products and practices, Spring says she “hires BIPOC employees,” noting that her crew currently includes a turkey farmer with Navajo roots and a pig farmer from Peru. Serving her neighbors and surrounding communities is in Spring’s DNA. “Farming is a brave act,” she said. “The more we can show healthy food-growing success in Deschutes County, the better quality of life we’re all going to have.”

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The Scot t Farm FROM DOCTOR AND REALTOR TO HAY FARMERS Dr. Yvette Scott, a Los Angeles internist, and her husband Frank, a commercial real estate broker, had only spent time in Central Oregon on vacation until 2011. Then, they became owners of twenty beautiful acres between Tumalo and Sisters. They hired a caretaker to tend the land until realizing, five years ago, that they wanted to do it better—and do it themselves. “We were living to work in L.A.,” Yvette said. “We wanted to be able to work to live.” While Dr. Scott thought she would join the Central Oregon medical community after moving here, she reversed course. “Taking care of my family, the property and my animals became my new career, and I haven’t looked back since.” When the Scotts took over the land in 2016, locals said their hay fields were so neglected they would have to be replanted. Instead, Yvette—who had spent some time on her father’s family farm in Georgia—tended the land with helpful input from nearby farmers, restoring the blue and orchard grass fields to health. Seeing the bounty from each cutting, and doling out flakes of her baled hay to her horses, gives her intense satisfaction. Still, she’s aware of ecological issues. “Using up our precious water to grow hay is a source of conflict for me.” With Yvette in the lead, the team does almost all the work on the farm themselves—moving wheel lines, caring for horses, repairing equipment. The lone exception: cutting and baling hay. Unlike Naftalin, Scott doesn’t consider farming her business. “We sell and trade hay, yes, but we are mostly stewards of this land.” Stewardship includes caring for two horses. Her mother’s family in Cuba were competitive horse jumpers, and she had boarded a horse in L.A. Now horses are integral to her life. “Who would have ever thought, me, a CubanAmerican doctor who has lived her whole life in cities, is now doing what I do? I pinch myself every day.”

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to Bend, an adventurer’s paradise and cool kids’ hangout for culture, food and drink. With countless great shops, boutiques and restaurants popping up every year, and endless outdoor activities year-round, Bend has become the place to be. Add frequently sunny skies, the walkable shopping districts and some of the best local brewing in the nation, and it’s no wonder so many people come to visit every year—and then move here for good. Now that you’re here, how do you make the most of it? We’ve rounded up a collection of fun facts about Bend—what visitors want to know, and locals think they should already know. Here you’ll learn everything from how to deal with a roundabout, how to float the river and what’s with that volcano in the middle of town?

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t he basics Where am I?

Bend is near the middle of the state of Oregon, which is sandwiched between Washington and California on the West Coast. This town of around 100,000 is situated at the base of the eastside of the Cascade Mountains, in the rain shadow (Google it). Bend sits on the borders of the Deschutes National Forest and Central Oregon’s high desert, meaning we’re surrounded by a uniquely diverse array of outdoor activities.


Using the town as a home base, visitors and locals alike can get to some of the most beautiful spots in Central Oregon in less than an hour’s drive, like Smith Rock to the north, Mount Bachelor and the Cascades to the west, and the Newberry Volcanic area deep in the Deschutes National Forest to the south, just to name a few. Lots of people choose to remain in Bend, where there is more than enough to keep you occupied.


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What’s with all the logging references?

In the beginning, there were trees. And then, there were lumber mills. The Old Mill District is called that for a reason—two huge lumber mills sat on the banks of the Deschutes River in the early decades of the 1900s, and their efforts fueled the town. Ranchers and farmers were here on the curve of the Deschutes River known as Farewell Bend then, too. (Did you catch that just now? That’s how Bend got its name). These early workers were pioneers, laying the foundation of what would become an amazing little city. Their history and the history of Bend can be seen on the plaques that scatter our parks, as well as on the walls of some historic downtown buildings. To learn more about our pioneer past, check out the Deschutes Historical Museum downtown and the High Desert Museum just south of town.

Why is everyone so friendly?

Well, why not? The attitude you’ll find around town is reminiscent of Bend’s small-town roots. People are friendly and offer help when they think you need it. It would be a challenge to push a dead car through downtown without a crowd of people coming to push alongside you. We’re wary of big businesses, and, especially during this pandemic, we try to support locals as much as possible. It’s the unique locals of Bend that make this place so great. This town is full of creative and hardworking people who are making strides in industries new and old, from the exploding brewery scene to local artisans crafting their art. We also care a lot about our landscapes and taking care of them, and we hope you will too.

So, is Bend rural or urban?


A little bit both. With rural roots, and a population explosion in the past twenty years, one can expect to find a uniquely blended culture around town. Visitors find steakhouses next to vegetarian restaurants, micro-breweries next to sports bars, and Western line dancing and axe throwing next to neon lit nightclubs. Bend is a little country, a little trendy, and we like it that way.

There are a lot of people in the river. How do I do that?

A) Rent or buy a floatie. B) Don water-friendly clothes including footwear and a personal floatation device. C) Get in the river somewhere in the Old Mill District (Riverbend Park is a great choice). D) Float, splash, laugh, safely navigate the water park! E) Use the convenient Ride the River shuttle, which loops between downtown and the Old Mill District in the summer, to return to where you started. J U LY \ A U G U S T 202 1

Safety first!

While you’re in the river, keep these things in mind. It is illegal to jump off bridges into water in Bend. It is equally illegal to drink alcohol or consume drugs—legal or otherwise—in the river. Leave no trace and take your garbage home. And wear a life jacket, for Pete’s sake!



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So many! The trails in the Cascades are amazing! But here’s what you need to know—a new permit system has been put in place this year to cap the number of people on the trails in the Central Cascade region of the Deschutes and Willamette national forests. In this new system, which applies to all trails in the region from May 28 to September 24, visitors must purchase a day-use or overnight hiking pass. Don’t worry, it’ll only run you up to six dollars. There is a daily cap on hikers per trail, so check for a permit a week before your planned hike. Why is this new system in place, you ask? This is just one extra measure put in place to help make sure that we can all enjoy Bend’s nearby trails. Take a map, too, and food and water. We want you to come back safely.


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The mountains are calling, and I must go. Are there trails up there?

And a word about poop.

Whether you are in the company of a horse, a dog or some other furry friend out around town or on the trails, be sure to have a plan to deal with their business when they answer the call of nature.

Okay, I’m ready to go play. Where shall I go for a walk?

This town was built with trail networks in mind. In town and out, trails can connect people with some of the most beautiful landscapes, views and parks around. Hiking to the top of Pilot Butte will give you a 360-degree view of Bend and the surrounding landscape, while the twelvemile Deschutes River trail provides a look at how urban developments and the natural environment come together. Shevlin Park has 652 acres to explore with paved and unpaved trails. Finally, a stroll through Drake Park might be one of the most relaxing things you can do in town, and the Old Mill District is full of scenery and action alike.

Anything to know about trail etiquette?


Thanks for asking! Rules of etiquette exist on our trails to ensure that everyone can use the trails equally and fairly.

Mountain bikers are supposed to yield to hikers, but they are also often going much faster and it is sometimes safer for the hikers to yield. In the case of encountering a horseback rider, it is generally best to let the horse have the right of way, considering that it is the most unpredictable of the three modes of transportation.

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Among just hikers, it is polite to yield the trail to the group going uphill, because many people can get into a hiking rhythm, and might not be in the mood to stop halfway up a steep climb. If you are caught behind a group of hikers and want to pass, feel free to give a little “hello” or “hey there” just to alert the other group of your presence. And remember, when in doubt, just treat the other person (or animal) on the trail with respect. The golden rule goes a long way and can help preserve the trails—and Bend’s reputation for friendliness—for future generations.



get places? I have a car. But I am terrified of roundabouts.

Don’t fret—you are not alone! First off, yield to those already in the roundabout, and then enter when there is a break in traffic. Then what? A roundabout is like an intersection; you can go straight, left or right. However, instead of being told to turn or go straight, most GPS systems will treat a roundabout like a highway, and tell the driver which exit to take, relative to where the car entered the roundabout. In general, drivers should treat roundabouts like a highway; they are expected to signal when switching lanes or picking an exit, and they should read road signs carefully to know which lane they need to be in to get to their chosen destination, if the roundabout has multiple lanes. Always signal on your way out, and you’re on your way to the next destination!

Where do I park?

There’s lots of free parking around town, especially around the Old Mill District and near area parks. If you’re near or in downtown, pay attention—at best, you’ll find two-hour free parking, and some lots allow you to stay longer for a fee. Tickets are steep, so read the signs before you walk away from your car.

Any public transportation around here?

Sure! Catch the bus around town with info at Catch a shuttle to Mount Bachelor via Navigate Oregon, Cascades East Transit and local resorts. Check out for rides to Portland, Madras and more.

While we’re talking about transpo, a friendly reminder to please stay out of our jails. The beer in town is incredible (we know), but there is no excuse to drink and drive. Yes, the cannabis here is legal for those over 21, but public consumption is a no-no. And just like with the booze, consuming weed before driving is no bueno. Bend has Uber, Lyft, multiple taxi services and even a randomly appearing party barge that drives through downtown and the Box Factory, completely for free. Be a smart kid, please.

I like to bike. Can I bike?



We love to bike, too! Bend is a bike friendly city and you’ll find plentiful bike lanes and access all around town. We have several districts that are accessible completely by foot, once you’ve parked your bike. The Old Mill, Downtown, and the Box Factory are all great shopping and dining districts that can be traversed by foot; a highly recommended option when enjoying Bend’s brewery scene.

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Loose! Okay, I’m hungry. Where do I eat?

So many choices around here! Find clusters of restaurants and breweries downtown and in the Old Mill District. But don’t be afraid to seek out hidden gems, tucked away on the east side, west side and in NorthWest Crossing. From fine dining to quick bites on the go and everything in between, Bend has great food. Ask a local their favorite and you’re bound to get a different answer every time.

I like to party. I like to get down.


You are in good company. Before the pandemic, there was a festival and celebration in Bend pretty much every weekend. We’re basically that cool friend with the rich parents that everyone wants to host the party. Things are a little mellower events-wise this summer, but a few options remain on the calendar. The Les Schwab Amphitheater, on the banks of the Deschutes River as it meanders through the historic Old Mill District, just got a remodel to add 1,840 square feet to the stage. Concerts are scheduled

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throughout the season—grab a ticket and kick back on the expansive lawn with a brew from the beer garden and a bite from the onsite food trucks. Munch & Music is a free concert series hosted in Drake Park that typically features a calmer atmosphere than other fests, as well as artisan craft booths. The first Friday of every month, the local businesses of the Downtown District put up art and serve free drinks to passersby. Around town, farmers markets offer the freshest local goods around. Meandering through these stalls might be one of the best ways to get to know the flavors of Bend and the surrounding area; it is not uncommon to see local chefs perusing the stalls to find fresh ingredients for nightly specials.


I can’t find a food truck.

Oh, you’re a jokester, now, are you? Yes, Bend loves its food trucks. They pop up everywhere, from random parking lots to organized food truck lots to even the base of Mount Bachelor. Here’s your chance to experiment and try the creative solutions for take-out invented by some of our most artisan chefs.

Where can I learn more?

For more modern updates on Bend, look up some of these Instagram accounts to see what locals are talking about: @bendmagazine, @bend0regon, @thebestofbend, @visitbend, and if anyone is in the mood for some local humor, @memesofbend.

You never told me about the volcano.


Oh, right! Look east from downtown. See that perfectly rounded small peak? That’s Pilot Butte. It’s named that because early settlers used it as a landmark on their overland migration west. It’s a cinder cone, which is a small volcano. One of the only volcanoes inside city limits in the United States, in fact. You can walk right up it if you want. Go ahead—it’s extinct. And the view up there is amazing.


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ou’ve been skiing, hiking, rowing on the river or strolling through Drake Park when it’s time for a food break. Only, the meal you packed isn’t exactly exciting. A plain protein bar. A half-smashed sandwich. A browning banana. The food is bland, the texture is off or it’s just not enough calories. It’s tough finding food that checks all the boxes and adds to your enjoyment of the outdoors. A few local companies are working to change that, by creating enticing food options that offer flavor, fuel and a break from prep work.



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Jackson Higdon

LUCKEY ’S WOODSMAN Jackson Higdon opened Luckey’s Woodsman, his new food truck offering “elevated backcountry cuisine,” on Mount Bachelor in December. Post-ski season, Higdon moved his truck to the new food truck lot at Silver Moon Brewing that he helped launch. Luckey’s Woodsman was Higdon’s “pandemic lemonade.” In March 2020 he was laid off as chef and general manager at Riff Taproom. Higdon was sad to leave, but understood the company’s need for a new direction. He spent the summer backpacking,

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reflecting and scrambling to cook outdoors. As a chef, even Higdon has a love-hate relationship with cooking while camping. “I hate it, I make a big mess, it takes me a long time,” Higdon said. But he doesn’t believe he or anyone else should compromise good food to get outside. The basis for Luckey’s Woodsman was born. “I talked to forest rangers, retirees doing big bike races, firefighters,” Higdon said. Many of them were cooking good food outdoors, but it took hours of planning and preparation. He



found others running around last minute, overspending, and once outdoors, spending more time cleaning up longer than they had enjoying the food. At the truck, Higdon offers dishes like the Italian Stallion sandwich to be savored onsite, meals to grab and go for the day and camper kits, available as cold boxes or hot kits, like his mac and cheese with cured smoked salmon. “It’s the way to say yes to a weekend trip, it’s the way to have a better lunch when you’re doing a day trip,” Higdon said. If you’ve been designated as the trip chef but you’re not the most confident cook, consider giving Luckey’s Woodsman a go. To see what’s on the menu, visit


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Julie and Henry Mosier

FOOD FOR THE SOLE Bend-based mother and son co-founders Julie and Henry Mosier opened Food for the Sole in 2017, after they, too, were dissatisfied with their food experiences on the trail. “It was so important for us to eat well while outside,” she said. Julie grew up hiking and camping, but bags of licorice were about the only food highlight she remembers. “When I started backpacking as an adult, I was simply not satisfied with the meals,” she said. “The meals I found didn’t match the experience.” After Henry asked his mom to supply meals for two for about 220 miles on the John Muir Trail, Julie began experimenting, crafting dozens of dehydrated meal kits, determined to make them calorie dense, physically light, healthy and tasty with a variety of texture. The hobby grew into a passion they both decided to pursue full-time,

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with the goal of helping people enjoy good food outdoors. All of their meals are vegan, gluten-free and can be rehydrated with a cold soak. Some of those first meals Julie made were “gems” for sale as Food for the Sole meals now, namely the Lentil Walnut Pilaf with Kale and the Triple Peanut Slaw. Food for the Sole offers all of their meal kits online, as well as at select stores in Bend, the Pacific Northwest, California, Colorado and Utah. “From a food standpoint, and, we feel, from an ethical and social standpoint, everybody should have access to the outdoors, whatever that looks like for them,” said Julie, who is doing her part to make sure that special dietary needs aren’t a barrier for those who wish to venture into the outdoors. Find out where to buy at



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BEND AGAVE + BOUNTIFUL BOARDS OF BEND Tiffany Caston and Tina Failla also hope to help people enjoy dining outdoors with less stress, with their companies Bend Agave and Bountiful Boards of Bend. Bend Agave is a pop-up picnic company, offering a service that sets up and breaks down luxury picnics. Book a session with Bend Agave, and Caston will plan, set up and clean up a chic picnic experience for you and your crew at your location of choice around Bend. Though the pop-up picnic experience is new to Bend, companies like Bend Agave have already blown up in popularity in California and Florida. Caston’s pop-up picnics are what glamping is to camping, with plush seat pillows around a low-set table, real dishware, cozy blankets and aesthetic touches like pampas grass and candles. Guests can bring their own carefully crafted meal from home, their favorite takeout to go or, as an extra, book catering by Failla at Bountiful Boards of Bend, which offers the mouthwateringly loaded beautiful charcuterie boards you can see on their website and social media channels.

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Bite of Bliss A sampling of gluten-free baked goods, granola and tapas at Blissful Spoon WRITTEN BY TERESA RISTOW | PHOTOS BY GALLIVAN CREATIVE


ocally grown, fresh foods have been a part of Miki Bekkari’s life since she was a child growing up in Humboldt County, California. By age seven, she was helping out with the family business, Potter’s Produce, which supplied fresh food to stores and restaurants in northern California. After college and travels that brought her to Lebanon and Spain, she met her future husband, Kamal Bekkari, and the two settled into life with corporate jobs in Australia—he as a banker and she as a grant writer. But it wasn’t long before the couple was drawn to the United States, and after a trip through the Pacific Northwest they landed in Bend in 2018. It was then that the couple began Blissful Spoon, a new “passion project” that started as a granola and baked goods pop-up shop at farmers markets. The granola features organic ingredients without oats, grains or sugar, making it a hit right away with those following special diets, including gluten-free, paleo and vegan. In addition to the granola, the baked goods were proving popular at the farmers market too, especially the gluten-free varieties, like flourless chocolate cake, Miki said. The popularity of gluten-free options led Miki to begin experimenting to add more gluten-free baked goods to the lineup. “Good baking is good baking, whether it’s gluten-free or not,” she said. Soon the Bekkaris were dreaming of a brick-and-mortar location, and after months of searching Miki spotted a space on the corner of Newport Avenue and NW Brooks Street. The 69 Newport

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development next to Bend Brewing Company was just underway, meaning the Bekkaris would be able to design the interior of the space to their liking. After a year of anticipation and construction, Blissful Spoon now occupies the development’s east building, along NW Brooks Street, while a new restaurant, Sen, from the owners of downtown Bend’s Wild Rose Thai, recently opened in the west building. Separately leased office spaces are atop each restaurant. “All of the tenants have been a pleasure to work with,” said developer Sean Cavanagh. “With the project wrapped up, the thing I’m most looking forward to is being able to dine in at either restaurant and see others enjoying the spaces.” All moved in to the newly completed Blissful Spoon space, the Bekkaris are busy serving up a selection of gluten-free baked goods and selling granola. The space is also a coffee shop, and a cozy European bistro-style space to grab tapas from. Many of the dishes have a Mediterranean inf luence, both from Miki’s travels and Kamal’s childhood in Morocco. “It’s such a beautiful part of the world, we wanted to bring a little slice of that to Bend,” Miki said. Earlier in the day, try savory, smoked salmon brioche toast, with house-made bread (this time with gluten) topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon and a remoulade of capers and pickled onions. For lunch, fill up with the jambon au beurre, a classic French ham sandwich with tiny cornichon pickles.



“Good baking is good baking, whether it’s gluten-free or not.”

Miki Bekkari, owner of Blissful Spoon

In addition to coffee, Blissful Spoon offers local beers and cider on tap, and a variety of wines, with many from Europe and Australia. The drinks pair well with the after dark menu, which includes bruschetta, slow-cooked organic Moroccan meatballs and pasta du jour—freshly made pasta paired with one of the house-made sauces. The dishes can be enjoyed at a handful of tables inside the fresh, new space, which has wood accents and modern, industrial touches. The walls are adorned with artwork created by the Bekkaris’ 12-year-old daughter Alia, who along with 9-year-old daughter Zuri, are regular taste-testers of the menu offerings. Makal’s 21-year-old son, Adam, is expected to move from Australia this year to join the business and Miki’s parents, who raised her on the produce farm in California, are also in Bend now, often helping out with farmers markets. After a few months in the new location, Miki said that more customers are finding their way in as word spreads. With new dishes being tested and added regularly, Miki said they’re always willing to make substitutions and customizations to meet the needs of customers, in hopes that everyone is able to find something they like. “We want to cater to everyone,” Miki said. “We’re pretty proud of the whole menu. We make everything in house, and people can taste the difference.”

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The Tiki Bar is Open A tropical getaway in the Old Mill District WRITTEN BY KATRYNA VECELLA


ven Bendites can sometimes use a respite from the normalcy of everyday life. Paradise awaits without layovers or delays at Rapa Nui, located in the Old Mill District. One step into the tiki lounge and you’ve entered the land where the rum never runs dry, and if only for an hour, your problems fade away. “A tiki bar is a style of bar that has been around since the early 1930s. Its beginnings were because Americans weren’t really traveling right after the Great Depression,” said Jared Schmidt, co-owner of Rapa Nui. “It was a way to escape our everyday lives without spending a fortune.” Donn Beach, an American adventurer, opened the first “tiki” bar in Hollywood when Prohibition ended in 1933. He named the place Don the Beachcomber. The restaurant served potent cocktails in a tropical setting, and started a trend of tiki bars throughout the country. At Rapa Nui, iconic Easter Island statue heads, also called moai, a bright red volcano and tropical flowers lend to the immersive experience that goes along with classic tiki cocktails and Asian-influenced tropical food. If it weren’t for the unobstructed views of the Three Sisters from the patio seating, you may very well forget you’re still in Central Oregon. Make your own tiki cocktail at home. “The prep work for the ingredients in this cocktail can be a little intimidating,” said Schmidt. But you’re sure to forget that hard work after just a sip of an Island Old Fashioned.


2 ½ oz. coconut washed bourbon ¼ oz. house pimento syrup (an allspice dram) 7 drops pineapple infused bitters Dash Angostura bitters Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and combined. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and pineapple frond. Put on your tropical shirt, unfurl a paper umbrella and enjoy!


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Spring Willows Glow On The Deschutes, oil on canvas


Abstract Expression Writ Large For artist Ken Marunowski, life experiences coalesce in Bend WRITTEN BY LEE LEWIS HUSK

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Spring Bloom, oil on canvas


Ken Marunowski


en Marunowski likes the power of large canvases. On a big surface, he can immerse himself in an abstract expressionist (or AbEx) mode of painting, focused on mark-making and intuition. The AbEx movement gained prominence in the 1940s through an anti-figurative, non-objective style of painting pioneered by artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, all influences on Marunowski. “Until I moved to Bend and had a garage to paint in, I was never able to express myself in such a large format,” the artist said. “As soon as I started experimenting in this way, it became quite obvious that this is the kind of painting I am meant to make.” In April, Marunowski had his first solo exhibition of medium-to-large paintings titled, “Spirit of Play” at the LAURA VINCENT DESIGN & GALLERY in Portland’s Pearl District. “Because I don’t require myself to reproduce any degree of likeness, I am able to focus on

fundamentals like value, hue, composition, texture and form,” he said about the paintings. “Without an external referent other than a memory or feeling to guide my decision-making, everything is left for me to discover, an open-ended process of creating something from nothing.”


A passion for France, its language and the Impressionist movement influenced Marunowski’s art even as a youngster, when a French teacher opened his eyes to the world of arts and culture. As an undergraduate at Kent State University, he received degrees in studio art and French, and studied at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix-en-Provence. Marunowski’s background is awash in academic achievement, including a Ph.D. in literacy, rhetoric and social practice. He took a job as an assistant professor of advanced

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Abstract acrylic painting class at Layor Art + Supply


Morning Bird Song, oil on canvas

writing at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2006. With summers off from teaching, he often studied at the Painting School of Montmiral in southwest France, which reignited his passion for making art. By 2015, he was tired of teaching and left the university to pursue his artistic calling. Following a cross country trek of hiking, camping, painting and visits with family, he and his wife Carly arrived in Bend, where his sister lives. In 2016, he returned to Aix-en-Provence for a six-week artist residency at the Marchutz School. A full-time Bend resident since 2016, Marunowski continues to pursue his lifelong passions of painting, teaching and writing. He taps into his extensive writing background as a regular contributor of Cascade A&E. He teaches painting and drawing classes at Layor Art + Supply and the Bend Art Station and exhibits his paintings at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver, The Wooden Jewel and at various Bend businesses and organizations, including

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Eastlake Framing and the Cascade School of Music. “Over the past two years, Ken has rotated paintings around the building,” said Robert Lambeth, executive director of the music school. “Often, I’ll stop by the lounge with its huge walls adorned with Ken’s paintings and catch a student staring into one of them, lost in reverie. Abstract art lends itself beautifully to that. It’s been fun to watch our students glean inspiration from a style they’re not readily exposed to, especially in Bend where we love our landscapes,” Lambeth said. On any given day, you might find Marunowski at his part-time job at Eastlake Framing or guiding groups of families and friends in collaborative and individual abstract painting through his business, Spirit of Play Art. Or you can catch him in his garage studio where there’s just enough space to let spontaneity present itself in explosions of color, marks and shapes. “People, myself included, want to return to feeling,

A collaborative abstract painting made with a Bend family in a Spirit of Play Art session

sensation and emotion,” Marunowski offered. “All of these lie at the forefront of abstract expressionist painting. It is a form of personal expression, a way of letting go and exploring within, but always with a critical eye.” For more, see


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eela Morimoto was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i, but spent much of her childhood living in Japan. “My parents separated before I was 5, so I spent my childhood traveling between Osaka, Japan and Kamuela, Hawai’i, on the Big Island. Until third grade, I would spend six months in each place going to school, but when it became difficult academically, I opted to go to school in the States and then spent summers and holidays in Japan from then on,” Morimoto said. Traveling between the two countries, Morimoto was steeped in Japanese culture. To keep her occupied as a young child, adults pushed her towards learning origami. “I’ve been folding origami since I was 3 years old. I was given packs of paper to occupy myself while the adults adulted, and what was a hobby eventually turned into much more,” Morimoto said. She launched LeeMo Designs in 2008. Morimoto was attending the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in product design, interior architecture and Japanese at the time, and launched her design company during her summer break. However, it would take some time before the modern LeeMo Designs was realized. “When I really started trying to turn some of my creations into profit would be 2012, when I worked on my photography and blogging skills to spread the word about my origami jewelry,” Morimoto said. “In 2013 I moved to Bend. In 2016 I left my full time job as a manager at Tate and Tate Catering to work part time so that I could pursue more creative hobbies, and about six months after launching my organizational product line, I was able to leave that part time job and commit to art full time.” Now, LeeMo Designs is locally famous for producing jewelry, art and household products, made from modular origami designs. Morimoto recalls becoming obsessed with modular origami—where two or more sheets of paper are combined into a larger creation—when she was just 11 years old, cataloging hundreds of modular creations and keeping track of what she could create with different kinds and sizes of paper. The origami jewelry creations produced by LeeMo Designs, like her tiny paper crane earrings, are one of a kind, literally. Each piece of origami is hand folded by Morimoto herself, who uses high quality origami paper, imported from Japan. It is this attention to detail and the uniqueness of the product itself that have made LeeMo Designs stand out in a saturated jewelry

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A commissioned custom wall art piece crafted from the covers of the Harry Potter book series.

“I’ve been folding origami since I was 3 years old. I was given packs of paper to occupy myself while the adults adulted, and what was a hobby eventually turned into much more.” market. In an industry where heavy metals and precious stones reign supreme, LeeMo Designs offers colorful, lightweight and unique jewelry and accessory options that truly can’t be found anywhere else. Beyond jewelry, Morimoto creates household products that follow the same philosophy as her origami; beauty and usefulness. “My focus has always been things that function and look aesthetically pleasing, so my line of organizational home products made so much sense,” Morimoto said. These home products are created with a laser cutter, one of Morimoto’s more recent mediums. Of the products, many are organizational tools—chore magnets, plant markers, laundry signs and more—that adhere to Morimoto’s standards of aesthetics and functionality. See more at


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Michael and his wife Kelly Scheuerman at the Oscars

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Bend Producer Receives Oscar Nomination Michael Scheuerman, a Bend-based film producer, met film director Skye Fitzgerald at the 2018 BendFilm Festival, where Fitzgerald’s film Lifeboat screened. The two went on to together make the 2020 film Hunger Ward. Now, each can now add an Oscar nomination to their achievements. Hunger Ward is a documentary that covers the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The film follows the work of two hospitals that fight the rampant issue of child malnutrition, an issue that has been ongoing since the outbreak of the Yemeni Civil War in 2016. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the category of best documentary short subject at the 93rd Academy Awards. Scheuerman said the nomination “felt surreal and took awhile to sink in. We were deeply honored to have the film


and crisis in Yemen recognized by the Academy and to attend the Oscars with so many wonderful filmmakers.” Scheuerman found working with Fitzgerald to be a great learning experience. “Our skill sets complement each other as co-producers on the film for the past two years, and I was honored to learn so much from him about filmmaking throughout the process. Our mission is to raise awareness in Western nations of the war on Yemen which has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations. Fifteen million people are facing severe hunger there this year and five million are facing famine. The United States, United Kingdom and other nations are complicit in supporting the Saudi-led coalition, so we hope for policy change in the United States and elsewhere to end this crisis and restore full humanitarian aid for Yemen to help rebuild the country.” See

Les Joslin, a retired wilderness ranger for the U.S.Forest Service turned Bend author and historian, has recently published a book about the outdoors that isn’t your usual hiking guide. “Three Sisters Wilderness: A History” is based on the history of the Three Sisters Wilderness. The book aims to shed light on the people and institutions who have worked to preserve the Three Sisters Wilderness. Published by The History Press of Arcadia Publishing, the book educates readers on the difference between de facto wilderness and de jure wilderness, or any undeveloped land versus congressionally designated undeveloped land, respectively. The Three Sisters Wilderness belongs to the latter category of congressionally designated natural areas, which means that it carries a litany of regulations and laws that help maintain the area’s complex ecosystem. The book helps readers understand this fact and become appreciative of the efforts put in place to preserve these natural areas. “I was hoping to provide an understandable background history for the citizen-owners of the National Forest System and this component of the National Forest System,” said Joslin. Joslin has had a lifetime of experience that has helped him write this book, dating back to his first job in the Forest Service as a firefighter when he was in college. The 78-year-old author worked several jobs with the Forest Service up until his retirement when he was 62, when he completed his fourteenth year as a wilderness ranger. “Three Sisters Wilderness: A History” is available online and at many local and major retailers. See

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