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Solitude. My first trip back to the Badlands since I completed the #badlandschallenge earlier this year. I'm still amazed that a quick 20 minute drive from town can bring me into this quiet piece of desert wilderness. Just me and the birds this morning. #theoregondesert #backyardbend #centraloregon #takeahike #wilderness #ourpubliclands #morningwalk #bliss
Dipped in gold
🚨Giveaway time🚨 @theoregondesert is giving away TWO tickets to the @WildandScenicFilmFestival tomorrow in Bend! Here's how to win: 1. tag a friend in this @theoregondesert post who you want to go with 2. make sure you're both following them at @TheOregonDesert They will choose a winner at random TODAY at 4 p.m. and announce it on their feed— it's that simple! No purchase necessary, this giveaway is not sponsored. Tickets are still available for both shows, so grab yours before they sell out! Good luck!
While looking for birds at a local park I heard something rustling the grass behind a bush. When I looked around to the back side of the bush this big fella was looking back at me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . #deer #muledeer #muledeerbuck #outdoorlife #westernnature #eastcascades #theoregondesert #keeporegonwild #oregonwildlife #centraloregonwildlife #pnwisbeautiful #oregon #youroregon #oregonwild #bendwildlife #sawyerpark
Trail tip Tuesday: when asking for hike recommendations on the internet, think about what you look for in a hike. How far are you willing to walk? To drive? How much elevation gain are you comfortable with? Do you prefer lakes, rivers, mountains, trees, deserts? Are you prepared for any kind of weather? Do you need well-marked trails? Do you prefer to see people on your hike or so you prefer solitude? Also, consider your sources when you receive recommendations. I see lots of really poor recommendations spread online. If you're getting advice from a friend who knows you and your style, that's the best. Random strangers on the internet can give anything from excellent to dangerous advice. It's often better to reach out to specific individuals you trust than to ask a crowd of people. And be sure to do further research on a place before you go off on anyone's recommendation, especially this time of year. Weather, snow levels and other seasonal considerations may change the character or accessibility of a hike. Info from multiple updated sources is best. I'll be sharing my fall hiking recommendations and favorite sources for trail research at the upcoming Year-Round Hiker's Toolkit at @footzonebend later this month. Join me! #trailtiptuesday #hiking #fallhiking #theoregondesert #getoutside #backyardbend #centraloregon #planaheadandprepare
After and before the snow. And cake! Such a fun weekend. Have I mentioned I love my job?