Places to See in Central Oregon

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Jefferson ParkWhitewater Creek Trail Open

Jefferson Park, located on the north side of Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second tallest Cascade mountain, is a hidden gem with stunning views, pristine alpine lakes, and beautiful meadows full of wildflowers during the mid summer months. Two years after the lighting caused Whitewater fire closed the most popular access trail to Jefferson Park, the Whitewater Creek trail opened this month. Last Saturday we hiked the trail to this popular destination.  

The Whitewater Creek trail head is at the end of a 7.4 mile gravel road off Hwy 22 ten miles east of Detroit. The area was burned during the fire and while loggers have removed much of the dead trees around the parking lot, there are still slash piles which impact the number of

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Pronghorn Resort Offers New Lodging Options

Hunting Lodge in Pronghorn

Huntington Lodge, Pronghorn's long anticipated newest overnight lodging option, is opening soon. We were fortunate to experience the 104 room lodge prior to its grand opening in an invitation only soft opening as they work out the bugs.

The windy road to Pronghorn off Powell Butte Hwy ends at the Pronghorn gate house were we were greeted by the gate house attendant who asked where we were going. Obviously he notified Huntington Lodge as the two check in attendants  greeted by name as we walked in the door.  The main entry at the lodge is spacious with check in immediately to the right and concierge services to the left (the concierge was not staffed but we are sure they will be active during peak

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Take the Path Off the Green Lakes Trail to Find this Hidden Gem

Moraine Lake Three Sisters Wilderness

We have hiked the Green Lakes trail into the Three Sisters Wilderness many times over the years we have lived in Central Oregon. Located off the Cascade Lakes Highway, the hike to Green Lakes is among the most popular in the Cascades and is well worth the experience; we have blogged about this hike in the past -  see our Green Lakes Blog. Today, however, we took the path to the left at roughly 2 miles into the Green Lakes hike and walked another 1.5 miles to find Moraine Lake.

The path from the Green Lakes trail took us through old growth forest with beautiful trees and absolute silence. It is the end of October and the normal summer crowds have disappeared so the quiet was well

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Bend Residents Float the Deschutes River

Bend Oregon Float the Deschutes RiverWhen the summer temperatures soar, Bend residents relax in the water. Whether it is driving up to the Cascade Lakes and enjoying windsurfing at Elk Lake, paddling in a kayak on Todd Lake or water skiing and house boating on Lake Billy Chinook, Central Oregonians enjoy the water during the summer months. One of the recent additions to the water recreational opportunities in Bend is floating the Deschutes River. Unheard of 10 years ago, during warm summer days thousands of people enjoy floating through Bend's Old Mill District from Farewell Bend Park, past the surfers at the Whitewater Park and ending up at Drake Park at Mirror Pond. 

Almost as fun as floating the river is sitting on the deck of one of the

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Central Oregon Pumpkin PatchThe DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch is an October Must See

For years, the DD Ranch has produced a fun, family-friendly place to visit each fall. Located close to Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, the pumpkin patch is open every day in October from 10 to 5. The DD Ranch pumpkin patch offers a farmers' market, hand-made crafts, live music, a petting zoo, kids' corral, pony rides, a "train" ride, clubhouse and playground, a fabulous corn maze, and of course the pumpkin patch.

Attendees can sample great food from beef or pork raised on the ranch and potato chips grown there. And the beef, pork and potatoes, along with gourds, squash, corn, and other produce are available for purchase (many can also be harvested by the buyer). Red wagons are available for use

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Sparks Lake Central OregonSparks Lake is a Central Oregon Treasure

After a summer  of forest fires which blanketed the sky and impacted Central Oregon with weeks of choking smoke, this last week we have been blessed with rain, early snow and, at last, smoke free skies.

Today we traveled a short distance from Bend up Cascade Lakes Highway to Sparks Lake, one of the most beautiful of the High Cascade Lakes and favored of renowned photographer Ray Atkeson.  The day was stunningly beautiful and the photo opportunities endless. This is one of many reasons why we love Bend, Oregon!

 

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Tumalo Mountain Hike - Mt. BachelorAfter the 2016/2017 winter we  experienced in Central Oregon, we have anxiously been waiting to have access to the higher elevations of the Cascades. The record-breaking winter snowfall has kept the higher trails, lakes, and passes closed much longer than normal. However, today we were able to hike one of the first trails into the Central Oregon Cascades and made it up Tumalo Mountain.

Located just northeast of Mt. Bachelor, the Tumalo Mountain trail is a moderate up and back trek of 4 miles round trip with 1420 feet of elevation change during the hike. As you gain altitude, views of Mt. Bachelor and its ski runs and lifts become visible. Today it is obvious that it will take more time and warm weather before the hike up Mt. Bachelor will be able to

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Solar Eclipse Madras OregonIf you haven't heard, a complete solar eclipse will occur this coming August. This will be the first time since 1918 that a complete eclipse will occur in America and the central location for this event will be Madras, Oregon. During the eclipse, Madras will be in complete darkness for 2 minutes at approximately 10:19 am. The eclipse should enter Oregon and exit through South Carolina, but most of the continental United States should experience at least a partial viewing. To experience the total darkness, however, viewers need to be within the 67 mile band of the shadow.

Hotels are already fully booked in the small Central Oregon town of Madras and many events connected with the eclipse are already scheduled. Madras, due to its location for the band of

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Erickson Air Museum 13One of the best, privately held WWII aircraft collections is right here in Central Oregon.  The Erickson Aircraft Collection is housed in a hanger at the Madras airport and is a must see for all vintage aircraft enthusiasts. Started by Jack Erickson in 1983, this amazing collection of planes is regularly shown and almost all can fly. Among the planes are the P-38 Lightning, the SBD Dauntless, the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-17 Flying Fortress, Nakajma kI-43, and the Messerschmitt.

Besides the planes, the collection includes vintage uniforms, airplane engines, airplane parts, motorcycles and automobiles. Informative descriptions are located by each display and these provide the known history of the plane plus general military use.

The museum is open

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Broken Top No Name LakeThe hike to Broken Top is a Central Oregon adventure not to be missed. Right from the start, the road to the trailhead is miles of bumpy dirt road with many rocky obstacles. A 4 wheel drive vehicle with good clearance is a big plus here. Once you reach the trailhead, the hike to No Name Lake, the glacial lake at the base of Broken Top's craggy peaks, takes you through open areas, often filled with wildflowers. The hike is considered moderate to difficult and has 1300 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead with 8.4 miles round trip. It is often heavily used, especially during sunny summer days. But the views from the top of the far moraine are fabulous, encompassing the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Jefferson, Hood and Mt. Adams on

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