Of Obsidian, Lava Casts and Waterfalls: Newberry National Volcanic Monument

The lava sparkles. In a sea of black, rocks reflect light like mirrors. It's eerie enough to walk through a lava field where the ground beneath seems scorched by a cataclysmic firestorm, inhospitable to life, meager vegetation struggling to stay alive. Here in Newberry National Volcanic MonumentĀ in Oregon there also happens to be an enormous... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Diego’s (Redmond, OR)

Two years ago, when we stayed at the WorldMark in Bend, the receptionist recommended a pub in nearby Redmond called Diego's Spirited Kitchen, serving fare with a Mexican twist. The waiter at Diego's back then suggested the flatiron steak, one of their most popular dishes. That turned out to be an excellent choice. On our... Continue Reading →

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