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Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon with Lucas Alberg

Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon with Lucas Alberg

So you like lacing into a pair of trail running shoes, strapping on a hydration vest, driving to a trailhead, and getting after it. Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press, 2016), the new trail running guidebook by Lucas Alberg, is probably something you’ll want to have stuffed in your center console or glove compartment at all times. Why? Because it’s the first of its kind, meaning there are no other comprehensive guides to trail running in Bend and…

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What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

On a recent Friday afternoon, around 4:30, Jason Rhodes of Palate was deep in conversation with someone over the back fence at Palate. (Palate = only the most exquisite Bend coffee bar; lovingly owned and operated by Jason Rhodes and his rad partner, Jodi Groteboer.). I waited some breaths while Jason finished up his exchange. We were to have a casual chat and photo session for what would be the (eternal) Beginner’s Guide to Bend’s first installment of What’s In the Bag?, wherein…

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Bend is Not NYC is Not Bend: A (Beginner’s) Dialogue on Central Oregon Culture

Bend is Not NYC is Not Bend: A (Beginner’s) Dialogue on Central Oregon Culture

Oh hey. Know what? Sometimes Irene and I collaborate on these (e)BGTB posts. Other times we zoom in for a more individualized perspective. This post here offers my individual take on Central Oregon culture. It’s probably different than your take, or anyone else’s. And that’s ok, great even. Whatever this post is or isn’t for you, it’s been thought about deeply and written out with respect, accountability, and inclusion in mind. And so, to begin… I’ll never forget that people are more important…

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Move to Bend: The Eternal Practice

Move to Bend: The Eternal Practice

When Catrina invited Laura and me to carry forth the BGTB torch, via The Poet, we were stunned by her generosity. Disoriented, even. And our shock was a bit shocking. Not because the fine residents of Bend are ungenerous, as a rule, or unfriendly, but because we may have become a bit too accustomed to the inherent agenda that seems to be at the core of so many conversations in Bend, poster town for the modern Entrepreneurial Economy. So, while…

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Passing the Baton: We Are Bend Oregon & So Are You

Passing the Baton: We Are Bend Oregon & So Are You

First and foremost, we would like to begin by expressing something: our gratitude! Seriously, we’re more than excited to have The Beginner’s Guide to Bend blog baton being passed our way. Catrina has done solid work with BGTB thus far, obviously, and we can’t say thank you enough for the opportunity to continue its growth and shift and expansion and reach. We’re ecstatic about the idea of continuing to present fun, no-gloss, informative, and (for lack of a better word)…

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Leaving Bend…

Leaving Bend…

Hey y’all, I have some news. I’ve loved dishing on our little mountain town over the last three-plus years, however infrequently, but I fell in love and got married and everything changed, in the best possible way (except for the leaving Bend part). Yep, I’m leaving Bend, Oregon. I thought I’d be here forever, but then life threw me a curve ball. Where am I moving to? Some big fab city? New York? Seattle? San Francisco? Some hipster haven? Austin, Asheville,…

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“Should I Move to Bend Oregon?”

“Should I Move to Bend Oregon?”

I left my urban existence behind and moved to Bend a year and a half ago. I love this place and I imagine I’ll love it for a very long time. When folks ask, “Should I move to Bend, Oregon?” I used to respond with an enthusiastic, “Do it!!! It’s amazing!!” But, the truth is, Bend isn’t for everyone. You kinda have to be ready to ease into the pace and vibe of Central Oregon. If you’re currently living in…

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4 Reasons I Love Living in Bend Oregon — The Update

4 Reasons I Love Living in Bend Oregon — The Update

Before I moved to Bend, Oregon a little over a year ago, I wrote a list of the 15 reasons I thought I’d love Bend.  Here’s my updated list of the reasons I actually love living in Bend Oregon. Bonus: I’ll cover four things that also surprised me about this lovely little mountain town.   For the record, the old list holds up pretty well… Bend is definitely NOT Los Angeles. It’s a charming, vibrant small town, and while there are dog haters…

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Things To Do in Bend Oregon This Summer (to avoid feeling like a slug)

Things To Do in Bend Oregon This Summer (to avoid feeling like a slug)

I recently wrote a feature for The Source Weekly, our rad local weekly paper, about my first summer in Bend (read it here if you want), including my list of things to do in Bend Oregon over the summer months. Well, I’m feeling like a bit of a hypocrite. I wrote the piece seven weeks ago when summertime was a glorious fantasy… and now that temps are in the 90s and the days seem to last forever, I feel like a…

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Pardon the mess…

Pardon the mess…

It’s a little messy around here, sorry. We just moved to WordPress from Blogger, and Betty and I are trying to figure it all out. We’re making a little progress…okay, I am making the progress. Betty just provides comic relief, moral support, and forces me to take cardio breaks now and then. Sorry for the disarray, it’ll be better soon. Love, Catrina & Betty

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