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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 3 — Big Sky Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 3 — Big Sky Park

Big Sky Park 21690 Neff Road Good for: Residents of the East side. It’s far.  Okay, really, Big Sky is only about 5 miles from my house. I’m already spoiled by Bend, so this seemed like a very long way to drive. Ha.  The park has lots of room and two completely fenced areas, but I didn’t love the feel of it. It was flat and dry (I know, welcome to the high desert) and while Betty seemed to like…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 2 — Hollinshead Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 2 — Hollinshead Park

Hollinshead Community Park 1235 NE Jones Road(Back entrance: NE Edgewood St. & NE Ulysses Dr.) Good for: dogs who love grass and lazy owners who love to garden.This park is about 2 miles from my house. It’s more of a traditional dog park, with a couple acres of rolling grass, plus trees. It isn’t completely fenced, but as long as your dog isn’t a “runner” you can park yourself in one spot and almost see the entire park from where…

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7 Dog Walks in 7 Days: Day 1 — Overturf Reservoir

7 Dog Walks in 7 Days: Day 1 — Overturf Reservoir

There are officially seven off-leash dog hikes in Bend. I’m feeling very ambitious (read: mildly depressed, angry, and heartbroken and in need of a tangible goal) and plan to hit one “park” every morning until we’ve explored them all…Today Betty and I went to Overturf Reservoir. Overturf Reservoir 475 NW 17th AvenueStill pretty close to our hood, but far enough that I drove. The official entrance is on 17th Street, just off Galveston Ave/Skyliners Rd. Enter through this cute neighborhood…

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First Weekend in Bend

First Weekend in Bend

It was a a pretty awesome weekend — my first in Bend.The timing of my move, while accidental, couldn’t be better. The days are warm, the nights crisp. Oktoberfest and a parade for Bend’s gold-medal Olympian Ashton Eaton meant the streets of downtown were bustling with locals and a sprinkling of tourists. The air is a little hazy from smoke — 26,000 acres have burned or are burning in the nearby Pole Creek fire, and it’s still only 65% contained…

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My First Day Out and About in Bend

My First Day Out and About in Bend

What a day. 9:00 a.m. — Dog ParkBetty and I ambled up to Awbrey Reservoir, to check out our local “Dog Park.” It’s actually a hilly desert-forest trail that runs in a loop. We did a few laps sans leash, saw a few other dogs and hikers (all very friendly), and generally reveled in the Bend-ness of it all. It wasn’t as lush or pretty as our river walks but the whole no-leash business was pretty great. There are seven off-leash…

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My Wheels

My Wheels

I left LA last night around 7 p.m. My dad is driving, at the moment. Betty is chewing on her rope toy. Dex and Dash are spooning in their crate (they’re cats, by the way). And I am looking at my keychain. It’s very bare. Just one key: for my beach cruiser lock. I am in the in between. No house keys, no car keys (well, except for the Penske truck) and everything I own is cruising up the freeway…

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Random "I Love Bend" Moment #1

Random "I Love Bend" Moment #1

It took 3 minutes to set up garbage and recycling service for the apple-tree house. THREE MINUTES. The woman who answered the phone at Bend Garbage and Recycling actually took my order. No phone tree, no transfers, no hold times. My bins will be delivered a week from today.  It took 2 minutes to change my address with my car insurance company. My agent, Lisa Niemeyer at AAA Oregon, answered my call immediately — I have her direct line, so…

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Reality Check #2 — Getting WiFi in Bend

Reality Check #2 — Getting WiFi in Bend

I need the Interwebs. For work. For Skyping. For stalking former lovers via Facebook. I’m spoiled and my Internet needs to be WiFi. Plus, I use a lot of data. As a multi-tasker with A.D.D. tendencies, I usually have, oh, say, 20 browser tabs going at any given time. Unless I’m on vacation or in a coma, I need the Internet almost as much as I need food and water.I understand this is wrong in so many ways (See: The Shallows), but it is…

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The Apple-Tree House

The Apple-Tree House

I found a house. Built in 1930, it has hardwood floors, a washer & dryer, a fenced backyard, garden plot, stand-alone garage, basement, and finished attic. It’s in NW Bend, a couple blocks from the river and about 6 blocks from my brother’s house. Most exciting thing to me? The apple tree in the front yard. I am ecstatic. Okay, I think they’re actually crab apples, but whatever. Ecstatic. And those crab apples are all mine as of September 16th,…

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Moving to Bend: Reality Check #1

Moving to Bend: Reality Check #1

So, this arrived in my mailbox yesterday: My “move to Bend” packet from Visit Bend. Somewhat contrary to my original Bend Oregon Info page, here’s what I learned: There are only 158 fully sunny days a year, on average, in Bend (with 105 additional “mostly sunny” days). The gardening season is three months — basically June – August. Severe frost in May and September truncate the growing season a bit. The chosen name for those who live in Bend appears to…

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