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The Art of Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.  “They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!” I was excited, too.  I clambered into the […]

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How to Conquer Potato Chip Rock

“Hiking is NOT one of my superpowers,” I said to my three companions.  But it was too late to turn back; we were more than halfway there. A week before, I had seen a photo taken at San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock – a sliver of stone hovering 2,800 feet over the ridge near the […]

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Snowshoe Bend, Oregon: Blueprint for Beginners

“I am not running down that cliff!” I shouted down to Jeff my snowshoe guide, as I emerged out of the Deschutes National Forest onto the top of the awfully big… snowdrift. Unbidden, visions of my flailing body tumbling headlong downhill until the inevitable face-plant brake in the snow flashed through my mind. I could […]

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Cheat Sheet to the Best of Bend

At the conclusion of a recent business trip to Portland, Oregon, I decided to extend my visit to the Pacific Northwest with a trip to Bend, in the central part of the state.  I was intrigued by all the research I had done which seemed to support the claim that Bend is the “outdoor playground […]

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On her own in Bend and loving it

Bend, Oregon, dubbed the “outdoor playground of the West,” is the perfect destination for women traveling solo.  With outdoor pursuits like dogsledding and snowshoeing, to touring microbreweries, and boutique hotels with staff that cannot do enough for you, the friendliness of the residents is second to none. Read more about how a woman can travel […]

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Why Haven’t You Been to Bend Oregon?

The city of Bend, in central Oregon, often called “the outdoor playground of the west,” is renowned for its summer pursuits like camping, hiking the mountains and buttes, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the lakes, and the myriad dog parks.  But Bend also offers a full palette of adventures and pastimes for winter fun. […]

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Ice Cream in Venice Beach – CNN iReport

I was recently on assignment, recording a video in Venice Beach, California for the American Writers and Artists, Inc. The recording was about the perks I receive as a travel writer just by wearing my press badge. Read more about my Venice Beach ice cream extravaganza at CNN iReport, October 6, 2013 You may also be […]

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Take a Two Nation Vacation: Visit San Diego and Rosarito

  During tight economic times, vacationers are looking for ways to pack the most punch into their vacation. Unfortunately for many, travel abroad seems out of reach. However, with some careful planning, there’s a way to combine two top-notch destinations for nearly the cost of one: San Diego, California, and Rosarito, Mexico. 1. SAN DIEGO, […]

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