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The Art of Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon…

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.

“They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!”

I was excited, too.

I clambered into the bright red sled basket and bundled myself under the layers of blankets while Jerry and handler Dave leashed ten Alaskan Huskies to the sled.  The frenetic energy of the dogs, hopping and hollering, was palpable.

Suddenly, Jerry took up position at the back of the sled, released the brake, and yelled, “Hey!” Instantaneously, the dogs shot forward, dashing down the hill at what felt like breakneck speed.  The snow the dogs kicked up whipped across my face and into my mouth, which was opened and squealing with delight…

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An Oregon and California Road Trip To Remember…

It’s no shocker that long-term travel can smolder relationships – especially with family.

And I admit, traveling for over two years has taken a toll.

So when the opportunity arose to take my 17 year old niece and recent high school grad on a road-trip up the California coast, I jumped all over it!

And being a TOTALLY awesome aunt [insert snarky remark] with a travel website, the pressure was on…

So I put my planning into high gear and put together a wicked itinerary filled with glass beaches, fern canyons, and thy favorite Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” –  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Here’s our five day itinerary of our Oregon and California Road trip…

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Experience the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Oregon

From the classic words of William Shakespeare, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

And there’s no better word than “great” to describe it…

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the largest and oldest regional theaters in the country drawing over 400,000 visitors annually!

Including me, twice!

In 2008 and 2013, I had the pleasure of watching Our Town and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

And both times, I was blown away by the quality of the production, the impressive Elizabethan Theatre (more on that in a minute) and the charm of it’s hometown Ashland…

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Scenic Rim Drive; Crater Lake, Oregon

The rich blue color is memorizing.  Visitors often stand at the rim staring down upon the water like it’s a crystal ball that will reveal their destiny.  Crater Lake is considered the cleanest lake on the planet and the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet (592 meters) deep, hence its dramatic color.

The lake sits atop a 7,700 year old and 12,000 foot (3,600m) tall volcano that collapsed inward on itself.  Over the years, rain and snow melt slowly formed the pristine water found at Crater Lake, which has no other inlets such as rivers or streams.

Volcanic activity has shaped other parts of the park such as Wizard Island, a popular sight near the southwest shore.  The outer sides of the volcano are covered with forest and meadows make it an excellent home to animals and plants. Continue

Coastal Drive in Oregon

Let the wind part your hair as the Pacific Ocean crashes in your ears.

Highway 101 does not end in California, it stretches a magical 363 miles (585km) north into the state of Oregon presenting dramatic scenery, abundant beaches, sand dunes, the forests of Oswald West State Park and countless rivers starting with the Columbia River in the north.

Prepare for your expectations to be surpassed on a drive on the Oregon coastal road.

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