We will be hosting a reunion at Tumalo State Park (Tumalo State Park Map) in Bend, Oregon August 1st through August 5th, 2012. I will be adding information and links as time and ambition allows…
What could be better than a bike ride through Bend…How about a ride on an electric bike (okay, you can pedal if you’d like but you don’t have to) that includes mostly true history of the area. It’s led by a gentleman that will entertain you with lots of interesting history of the area. I haven’t taken the tour but I have worked for the gentleman in question and would venture to say you won’t be disappointed. For more information check his website at Let It Ride Bend.
The Bend Trolley is a new business just starting up and could be an interesting option for individuals or a group to see the sights around town and along the Cascade Lakes Highway.
This is plagiarized right off Visit Bend’s website but I don’t think they’ll mind…
There are very few mountain towns that offer the excitement, fun and variety of nightlife and entertainment that you’ll find in Bend. Visit one of Bend’s six micro-breweries, cosmopolitan martini bars or live music venues to discover what makes Bend the epicenter of nightlife and entertainment in Central Oregon
A unique lime twist to Bend’s nightlife that you won’t find anywhere else is an amazing moonlight, starlight snowshoe or bonfire snowshoe adventure. Sip hot toddies in the forest around a bonfire for a super memorable evening. In the summer months, a moonlight or starlight canoe adventure will most definitely be a night to remember.
Here’s another place I’ve never been to…but everyone else in all of central Oregon goes here and without exception they say it is the place to go if you have kids. Sun Mountain Fun Center has everything from bowling, billards and bumper cars to go karts, mini golf, batting cages and more.
Central Oregon Magazine is published locally by Combinned Communications. Besides being great people (I’ve done some work for them over the years) their website and magazine are a great resource for information on central Oregon.
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Part of the fun of travel is bringing home a little something to share(or just keep to yourself). With that in mind I will offer up suggestions for shopping excursions from time to time here. So, without further adieu, here is my first:
I rarely pass through Sisters, Oregon (a 15 minute drive from the reunion site) that I don’t stop in the Sisters Olive and Nut Company store. If you like olives you’ll want to put them on your list of places to visit…and if you like things a little on the spicy side I suggest sampling (yes, they offer free samples) their “Balls of Fire” or “Blister Maker” olives. They also have nuts, salsa, garlic and some veggies.
It’s a little off topic only because of the season the reunion is taking place in. I doubt anyone will get a chance to ski in August but I like to brag about the great area I live in, the same area you’ll be coming to in August. National Geographic has listed Bend, Oregon one of the top 25 ski towns in the world…check out their story here.