Bend Overall,A Guide to Exploring the Area's Best
This is a fun, greatest hits book of Mother Nature's finest, generally within an hour's drive of Bend, Oregon. Includes hikes, museums, resorts and tourist attractions although it leaves out commercial endeavors unless they are one-of-a-kind. More than anything it attempts to honor and showcase the variety and diversity of attractions and landscapes surrounding Bend. Highlights the best hikes and attractions in a succinct and discriminating manner. Use in conjunction with a sense of humor and playfulness!
Written by Scott Cook, this can be baught locally or by internet search for about $15
This is part of the Cascade Scenic Byway which starts at Crescent and ends at Bend. The road has a lot of burned areas from the recent and old forest fires. The views of the 3 Sisters and Mt Bachelor are around every bend. Several lakes and camping areas also are along the road. Most lakes have rental boats for fishermen and contain trout. The drive takes about 4 hours with stops at the lakes.
Scenery of Bend
The name Bend was derived from "Farewell Bend," the designation used by early pioneers to refer to the location along the Deschutes River where the town eventually was platted, one of the few fordable points along the river. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Bend is located on the edge of the Cascade Range Ponderosa Pine forest on the west as it transitions into the Great Basin high desert plateau, characterized by junipers, sagebrush, bitter-brush, and little water. Originally a logging town, Bend has become identified as a jump-off point for multiple outdoor sports, such as mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and golf.
Newberry National Volcanic National Monument
What is it? Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass- remarkably, similar to the glass in your windows. It is not made of crystals, like other rocks are. but has the disordered internal structure of a liquid.
How does it form? When a lava is especially rich in silica (SiO2), it has the stiff consistency of taffy or cookie dough. This is because the silicon (Si) and oxygen (O) atoms stick together, forming a three-dimensional "web" that hinders movement inside the liquid. Because the lava cools fairly quickly above ground, it hardens to rock before its atoms have time to move about and organize themselves into the symmetrical., closely-packed structures of crystals