Articles by Kim Cooper Findling

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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…

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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

A taste of the Oregon high desert slathered in luxury makes the whole family happy My four-year-old daughter loves…

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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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A Bird’s-Eye View

February 1st, 2011

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon was one of the first refuges established in the United States…

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Instructions for a Perfect Christmas Tree Hunting Experience

December 14th, 2010

Party Members: A family of four, ranging in age from 3 to 46. Destination: Meissner Sno-Park, 14 miles west of Bend.…

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Hunting for Pumpkins in Central Oregon

October 13th, 2010

One of my favorite family outings is our annual journey to Terrebonne each October to choose a pumpkin. Two great farms…

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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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