Admittedly, it’s been a roller coaster year. There have been some incredible “ups”. In fact, I’ve all but abandoned this blog for months and months– fall and winter running around the globe to Europe, South America and even the briefest of visits to Africa. But with all wonderful, there are the life challenges too. Professional struggles, health, family, personal. We all have these hardships and some of us…many of us…have all of the above. My point? Well, mostly excusing why I don’t write much these days.
Right now, one of the activities I look forward to most during this busiest time of my professional year, is riding with my “dude” friends in the early morning. We have our routine and we don’t even have to discuss details. One of us says “Ride?” before leaving work, and we just know the drill. Simple, uncomplicated. No drama. Except for a chain jamming. Back brakes not working. The dazzling sun, blinding me since it gets light so early this time of year.
From time to time a girlfriend will join me on a ride. A fun experience too–more social, more of an “event” I guess. Awesome in it’s own way and I’m happy for the female company which I don’t get much of these days as my girlfriends start families or I drop off the radar with my odd schedule that leaves me super busy or out of town.
One of the questions I struggle with regarding these posts is why I write to begin with? Who reads them? Does it help anyone? (which was my original point…to encourage the average, probably female, human to try new activities without feeling self-conscious. Perhaps to give some tips to aid that mission. The blog has evolved, but at the beginning of this summer season when there are so many things to do, let me share some of my ideas to get you out of the house….some resources to support these endeavors:
Pine Mountain Sports: Longtime local Bend bike shop. They are not only super friendly, but super knowledgeable about everything bikes. The gear, the trails and the instruction if that feels better (I know I could use some clinics…especially on bike maintenance which I’m grossly under-educated about): Pine Mountain Sports
Tumalo Creek (central Oregon): Longtime local paddle shop. And I’ve worked there for years. We do everything paddling. Retail, classes, rentals and tours. Want to try the frisky ripples? I’ll help you: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
eNRG Kayaking: Santiam River (whitewater) or Oregon City/Portland area (Willamette Falls and both flatwater and whitewater). There’s no better paddle instruction center than eNRG. I consider the Santiam river my backyard (because it is LITERALLY my backyard 3 days a week). So many choices. So accessible. eNRG Kayaking
Wild & Scenic Film Festival: June 15, Oregon City (brought to you by eNRG). If you want to get excited about outdoor adventures with an eye toward stewardship, these films will inspire. After the films, there’s the chance to do a full moon paddle up to the historic Willamette Falls. You think it’s too far to travel from Bend? It’s not. I do it about every 2-3 weeks. Wild & Scenic Film Festival Oregon City
“Field Trip” to the gorge: An easy over-nighter trip to the gorge can make you feel like you’ve gone on vacation yet so accessible! We had the opportunity to paddle the Klickitat, hike around and stay at the now open Bingen School Inn. This converted-school-to-hotel offers everything from hostel bunking to boutique “cabins” which surround a small spa…massage anyone? Worth the visit. Sorry you missed the grand opening. It was rad. Bingen Inn in Bingen Washington
Sekse’ Fit: Now open since April-ish, Sekse attracted all the best dance/fitness instructors to this little studio in the Box Factory. Every class I’ve been to has been exceptional. PS, if you want to get your “sexy” on (or in my case, an extremely dorky version of aerobics instructor trying to be a pole dancer) this studio is a must. Coolest chicks in Bend teach here. Seriously. They’re also the nicest and welcoming. Sekse’
Okay, so that’s the list for now. Give some of these places a try. Maybe not your bag. Definitely mine.
Thanks for listening…