A long time ago, with a waistline far, far forgotten, I skied and skied and skied at Mt. Bachelor in Bend. Fast-forward three-plus decades and Bend is again my go-to getaway spot, with a new twist. The hook is now the last surge of summer — after the kids are back in school, the sun still hangs long in the sky and the golf clubs come out to play. The snow months are cool, but Bend is just as chill when it’s warm. The tab: Harmon Park Bungalow rents for $224 per night (seasonal), plus tax and fees; $80 per person for dinner at Bos Taurus (starter, midpriced steak and side dish); and $35 per person at Trattoria Sbandati for antipasti and a pasta or secondi course, tips not included; Outdoor City USA was free. THE BED Harmon Park Bungalow nailed the location near Drake Park — Bend’s Central Park — and it’s within walking distance of three of Bend’s 20-odd breweries. It’s not much farther to the myriad eats, shops and watering holes of … [Read more...] about Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle on a weekend trip to Bend, Ore.
Long distance kayaking trips
By JON MOOALLEM MARCH 20, 2019 A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. By JON MOOALLEM photo illustration by: DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY The whale sighting happened right away, minutes into Day 1. Jon, Dave and I had just been dropped off on a remote Alaskan shoreline, an hour and a half by boat from the closest speck of a town. Jon was working as a sea-kayaking guide that summer in Glacier Bay National Park, and he had invited us up for a seven-day excursion during his week off. As the boat that delivered us vanished, the drone of its … [Read more...] about It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.
The Canadian Rockies have some of the most majestic and remote scenery anywhere in the world. I know, because I once spent two weeks hiking across them. But one thing you can’t do when you are walking is carry a boat with you. And if you want to get out and explore the beautiful meltwater lakes in the highest reaches of the mountains, that’s the kit you need. However, in British Columbia, I found that there is a way to do it – on a day-trip, by helicopter. A quiet airfield on the outskirts of Abbotsford, an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, was our rendezvous for an 8.30am start. I was to fly with a small group, an Australian, an American and a German couple from Berlin who had travelled all the way here, to west coast Canada, for a long weekend, specifically for this heli-kayaking trip. There to meet us was our young pilot and guide, Nick Drader. Flying helicopters is in Nick’s blood. Chief pilot for 11 years in his father’s forestry company, he … [Read more...] about Travel on Trial: Kayaking across frozen lakes? It’s the coolest way to explore the Rocky Mountains
By Matt Holmes on Feb 01, 2019 in Europe, Iceland, Norway, Regions, Western Europe These two Nordic countries share some characteristics including dramatic landscapes, Viking history, and beautiful trails. But once you scratch the surface, each is distinctively unique. Iceland is wildly popular (for good reason), while Norway—still a bit under the radar—is more recently becoming the regional darling. Can’t decide which trip is for you? Maybe you’re intrigued by both countries and simply want to know what to expect. Perhaps this comparison will help you. No matter which destination you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing time exploring a new place and meeting friendly locals! The landscape Iceland’s landscape has been shaped by volcanic and seismic activity. Vast lava fields, black sand beaches, and dark, craggy cliff-faces contrast with moss-carpeted valleys, powerful cascading waterfalls, floating icebergs, impressive glaciers, deep ravines, and … [Read more...] about Iceland versus Norway
There are so many beautiful places to visit in England. Are you planning a trip across the pond? It’s difficult to narrow it down to only a short list of the best places to visit in England. While there are so many quaint villages, charming towns, and vibrant cities to add to the list, I’ll start with 25 of them. It could take years and years to explore all of the prettiest England destinations. If you’re getting on a plane and jetting off to the land of high tea, double-decker buses, and the Royal Family, here’s a great list of towns, landmarks, and cities to visit in England. Table of Contents Best Places to Visit in England: London Cornwall Brighton Birmingham Manchester Liverpool Bristol Windsor Canterbury Jurassic Coast Oxford Peak District Nottingham Chester Stonehenge Lake District Isle of Wight Bath Northumberland Salisbury Cambridge York Dover Norfolk Stratford-upon-Avon Packing List It … [Read more...] about 25 Best Places to Visit in England: The Most Beautiful Places in England