lava

Sparks Lake is a favorite destination for campers, boaters, and people looking for an easy but scenic walk across an ancient lava field.  Sparks Lake is also a go-to spot for locals and visitors eager to snap gorgeous photos of the Cascades.  Chances are good…

rhododendrons

The Willamette Pass area has a number of great day hikes and this is arguably the best hike in Central Oregon for lovers of waterfalls.  From the parking area it is only a few hundred feet on a paved path to the lookout across from…

wildflowers

Following a day of drinking beer (at Bend Brewfest) and gorging ourselves with BBQ we visited Three Creek Lake and hiked up to the 1st Lookout on the Tam McArthur Rim with our friends Karin and Jeff. A hike with a moderately difficult climb to…

Lupines, wildflowers

Todd Lake is a top destination for Bendites that want a quick dose of amazing scenery or that are playing host to out of town visitors. With impressive views of Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top, a dense forest of Mountain hemlock and fir trees, and…