Bend is the largest city in Central Oregon, beginning its history in roughly 1900 when it was important in the logging industry. It is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range mountains where forests of Ponderosa Pine transition into high desert country. Today, the population is around 80,000, and I’m sure that during my two-day visit I personally saw at least every other inhabitant engaged in cycling, running, skating, kayaking, swimming and hiking despite the hot weather! Bend is THE place for outdoorsy active people and you can really tell! I was impressed. The setting with views of the mountains is lovely, and tourism is an important source of income today. Amazingly, there is also an extinct volcanco in the city. Among residential neighborhoods there sits a cinder cone (like Wizard Island in Crater Lake) of 480 feet (150 m) named Pilot Butte.
I did get some video of her in the lake. She didn’t quite want to come in as deep as I was. If you are receiving this gazette via email, you may have to click on the URL link at the bottom of the mail, just before the “Comment” button, in order to see the post on my website, where this YouTube video will play when clicked: