Ramblings of a Rambler

We are not traveling as much as we use to, so in this section we will be posting some of the local things we do on a regular basis, such as hiking, festivals, and other outdoor activities.

This post will be pinned to the top of this page when we are not traveling. Activities posted here will rotate out as time passes.

Outings in the Bend Area — Winter 2018-19

During the winter months we love to snowshoe & cross-country ski (on ungroomed trail of course) in the area. Below are photos & maps of the places we frequent.

Dutchman Flat Sno-Park

Dutchman Flat Ski/Snowshoe Trails Map


Swampy Lakes Sno-Park

Swampy Lakes Sno-Park You just have to love the trails at Swampy Lake Sno-Park.

Swampy Sno-Park Ski/Snowshoe Trails Map



Dry River Canyon – Sept 3rd, 2018

To conclude Labor Day weekend, we headed over to Dry River Canyon (about 16 miles east of Bend) for an afternoon hike. It’s located just outside the boundary of Oregon Badlands Wilderness. The canyon is closed to visitors from Feb 1st to Aug 31st to protect nesting birds of prey. It was an enjoyable trail which reminded us of hikes in the Texas Hill Country & West Texas. We could have continued further on the out & back trail, but we decided to turn around and head back. We ended up with a total of 5 miles.

Dry River Canyon Lichen • A long slack line (?) running between the canyon walls. Not quite sure this was a legal installation. There were a couple of people on top that kept ducking out of sight when we looked in their direction. • A typical rock formation a long the way. • A keyhole in a juniper.

BLM Map



Tam McArthur Rim Trail - July 27th, 2018

We took a drive up to Three Creeks Lake, Just north of Sisters, to check out the campgrounds today. Happened upon the Tam McArthur Rim trail and decided to take a hike. It was a great trail with lots of eye candy. Tam McArthur Rim trail Heading up the trail.

Tam McArthur Rim trail Three Creeks Lake & a friendly chipper.

Flute Collage End of ttrail with Middle and North Sisters in the background & a little flute playing.

Robt's latest Native American Style Flute experiment made its debut today. He wanted a flute that he could throw in a day pack for a hike and not worry about messing it up (his other two flutes are made out of red cedar). So he recently make a traditional five hole flute out of PVC pipe. Surprisingly, it actually has a decent sound.

Backstory: During a snack break on a hike in New Mexico in the spring of 2014, someone started playing a Native American Flute above us. We both were totally intrigued. After sharing our experience with the campground host, he gave us a CD of Native American Flute music which Rob't immediately transferred to his iPhone. Just about every hike since, we play a NAF song during our break on the hike. His goal has been to play his own flute instead of a recording. Today that goal was met.



Steelhead Falls - July 6th, 2018

Steelhead Falls Steelhead Falls, included in the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area, was on the books for today. It was a short walk from the trailhead parking area to the falls (.5 mi), but very scenic. We continued past the falls downstream on the Deschutes until the trail played out.



The Old McKenzie Highway Loop - June 20th, 2018

The Old McKenzie Highway opened on Monday after the Milli/ Separation fires & winter closure. This sounded like a good excuse for a little auto touring. It was interesting to see the fire areas as they backed up to the lava flows. We decided to drive the whole loop around Mt Washington & in the process stumbled onto Sahalie and Koosah Falls on the McKenize River in the Cascade Mountains. It was quite scenic.

Koosah Fall Koosah Falls

Sahalie Falls McKenize River & Sahalie Falls


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