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Sunriver or Bust!

The forecast for the Pacific Northwest this weekend was bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it.  We really needed the snow…but why did it all have to come at once?  398 more words

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Tucker MacSchweitzer, 2000-2012

Tucker lost his battle with lymphoma this morning.  I know everyone thinks their dog is the best, but those who knew him would agree that Tucker was definitely special.  214 more words

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Day 11: Deschutes River Rafting

Two factors played into the development of my white water rafting fear: a backpack full of beer and no life jacket.  Fifteen years ago, naive to the powers of fast rushing water, I attempted to float down a river with a rinky-dink raft while wearing by 1o pounds of beer on my back and no life jacket in sight, let alone on my body.  458 more words

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Day 10: Lava Lake by Bike

With a name like “Lava Lake,” I should have put two and two together before our mountain bike ride.  Rated as “difficult” on my map, I thought if we just rode the last few miles paralleling the lake shore, it would be easy and flat. 473 more words

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Day 8: Float Down the Deschutes

“What time is the last shuttle?”

“How many miles is this float?”

These are good questions to ask at the start of a 3pm float trip down the Deschutes in Sunriver.  297 more words

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Day 7: Moutain Bike to Benham Falls

Did you know you can ride a bike all the way from Sunriver to Bend? I mean, not on roads….on a real single track trail that skirts the Deschutes, passing several waterfalls, many rapids, ospreys hunting for fish, and a gigantic lava flow that shaped the river.  281 more words

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Day 6: Mt. Bachelor Chair Lift Sunset

Today, the pictures speak for themselves. We rode a chairlift up Mt. Bachelor in the summer. It was pretty nice. So nice, in fact, I took 100s of photos of the exact same view. 59 more words

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