Articles by Kim Cooper Findling

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Planing on going to Bend next weekend. Know any good nature places to go to with a nice view?

There are many nature places with great views around here! Some of my favorites are covered in snow at the moment – Tumalo Mountain is one. But Pilot Butte State Park is right in Bend and offers great 360 degree views of the city, mountains,…

February 17th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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We are traveling to Central Oregon in early September from Scotland. We like Country and Western music and traditional jazz – and would like to know if there is a special site to go looking for places.

I am so pleased you’ll be visiting our amazing state. And September is the very best month to do so, in my humble opinion. Here in Central Oregon the skies are a bit clearer and warmer than the rest of the state. And while it can be tricky to…

February 3rd, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Any suggestions on what I should stop and get pics of enroute to LaPine? What is great that direction this time of year?

Smith Rock is stunning, as are Dillon&Benham Falls on the Deschutes. Detour up Century Drive to view the snowy Cascades!Bend’s Drake Park is lovely this time of year. Trees with fall foliage by the river. Good excuse to grab lunch…

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I’m looking for family friendly bike rides (paved) for my family when I go to Central Oregon later this month. I have an 8 & 10 year old, so nothing too strenuous for the little ones. A reward (read: ice cream & beer) nearby–all the better!

The Old Mill District has some great paved easy biking trails along the Deschutes with great views. They even rent bikes and surreys there. Nothing too long but that might suit your purposes! And there’s plenty of ice cream and beer nearby, as…

February 3rd, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Tony Smiley Rocks the House

February 3rd, 2012

It’s going to sound clichd to say so, but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Tony Smiley play…

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Oregon Dreamer

December 2nd, 2011

As a young man, Don Kerr described himself as a “desert rat.” Raised in Portland, he entered Oregon State…

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The Fabulous North Umpqua

November 22nd, 2011

Oregon amazes me. Just when I think I’ve seen every gorgeous wonder in a lifetime spent in this incredible state,…

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Family Vacation Bliss at Brasada Ranch

October 10th, 2011

My four-year-old daughter loves Brasada Ranch. Quite possibly more than her other favorite thingsstrawberry ice…

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Cinema, Connection, Conversation: BendFilm Fest Hits Town

September 6th, 2011

In its eighth year, the BendFilm Festival has become a community-driven event that draws filmmakers from across the…

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Bagpipes and Brotherhood on St. Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2011

Bend Fire Pipes and Drums Blowout Bend’s Downtown Five years ago, Mike Baxter witnessed Seattle Firefighters…

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About Author Kim Cooper Findling

Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, revisiting the ocean, taking silly pictures with her iPhone and hanging out with her family.

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