A couple seeking a cure for the travel bug

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back to Life, Back to Reality...

Well, it's been an amazing couple of weeks settling into our new humble abode. But all good things must come to an end, right? Or maybe that's just my salty attitude seeping through as we get ready to pack up in paradise and leave once again.

Sure we now have a homebase back in Colorado, but that doesn't make leaving any easier.

Next week, It's Back to Life, Back to Reality...
(Casey's not a fan of my throwback music selection)

On Wednesday, we'll embark on our fifth year on the road, living in hotels and traveling for about 300 days out of the year. I have always loved being on the road, I mean running and traveling are two of the best addictions one can ever have, but for some reason it's almost as if a switch has flipped. Leaving the road, planting roots and settling down has always terrified me. However, since we purchased our landing pad in our outdoor playground it's as if everything feels so right. As if it's everything I've actually been longing for and didn't know I truly wanted. For the first time in half a decade, I don't want to go. I want to stay. I want be a part of a community. I want to have friends that I get to see weekly. I want to volunteer in my new town and help with the local trail alliance. I want to belong to an actual running group. I want to register for my "hometown" races. I want to see the seasons change in one place. I want to watch the snow melt from the trails I've stumbled upon. I want to peel off the Yaktrax as the dirt starts to creep through, the wild flowers start to bloom, and Winter Park becomes a summer sanctuary.

But, I know my feelings are controlled by my thoughts. And this is very unlike me. After all, my sweet mom has always taught us to look at the bright side and that things could always be worse. So, it's time to channel one of our favorite quotes that I've mentioned in the past...

"If you don't like something, 
Change it. 
If you can't change it,
Change your attitude.
Don't complain." 
-Maya Angelou

So, thank you for letting me b**tch...but that's enough! It's time to change my cry baby-first-world-attitude. I need to focus on the positive and be grateful for everything this industry has given me. After all, if it weren't for touring this dream of living in the mountains would have never come true.

Hello, I GET to travel with my other half. How awesome is that? I get to spend more time with him than I would if I was working at a normal 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Most people spend more time with their co-workers than their own family members, and that's not the life I want to lead. At least not one I especially want to return to anytime soon.

We get to see our friends from all over the country - in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, San Diego, Philly, Atlanta and the list goes on and on!

We never have to make our bed if we don't want to or cook breakfast (so many people tell us hotel life would get old for them, little do they know it's actually pretty stellar). We get to revisit our favorite cities, discover new adventures, try new restaurants (we're paid to eat for crying out loud) and cross off more MLB ballparks and craft breweries along the way. 

Plus, I LOVE PEOPLE. And our job basically pays us to talk to people. I get to meet so many amazing individuals and hear stories that you couldn't possibly make up. 

And yeah, I mentioned we're on the road for about 300 days of the year but because of that we usually take two months completely off. 

Life is pretty incredible and I have no reason to be a "Negative Nancy." If anything I should be eternally grateful I now have the best of both worlds - travel and a home in my favorite place in the country to spend my time off.

We now have a new goal - to live in Winter Park full-time for at least a year. If all goes well, we plan on touring for two more years and then living in our mountain home before settling into a larger "forever home" and full-time gigs. 

So although I'm sad to leave, I'm pretty effing lucky and I know it. We worked hard to get here and we're going to continue to love this life and live it to the absolute fullest.  After all, this industry...this career...is not going to last forever. It's something we can only do while we're young and childless, so we're going to soak up every ounce of it and I hope y'all continue to follow our travels across the country together.

And just remember, if there's something in your life you don't like and at this time you can't quite change it...


In the meantime, if anyone is interested in visiting Winter Park please e-mail me! I love this town and could talk your ear off about it. Want to find cool trails, sip on some brews and get some good grub? I'll do my best to point you in the right direction. ;) 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our First Place!

For four years, Casey and I haven't rented or owned a home, nor have I owned a car. It doesn't make sense to the majority of those in our industry as we're on the road living in hotels for about 300 days of the year.

BUT, today one of those changed...

We are over the moon to announce that we are officially

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.

Hello, 2014!
Ringing in the New Year from Winter Park, Colorado. 

Well, 2014's end of the year Facebook trend couldn't quite capture our life on the road because I didn't really upload that many photos. And we all know if it's not posted on social media, it didn't happen (gosh, that's so true obnoxious). So cue the photo dump and cheesy reflections on another incredible year:



We spent NYE and the first half of January in Winter Park, Colorado.
White out! 

On our way home we reunited with our friends in Denver!
Good times are always had with these folks.
We were supposed to drive this iconic Oikos vehicle from St. Louis to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, we only made it to Ohio where it broke down on us and had to be towed. Ha!
We drove back to St. Louis with a lunch stop in Indy. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where to Start...

Vegas: the 6th edition of 2014

Seriously, I have no idea where to even start. Once again, I have abandoned this blog. I go back and forth whether to maintain this space or to bury it in an internet graveyard. I had this conversation with two friends not too long ago. On one hand, blogging is everything I've tried to escape in the last four years - sitting behind a computer. On the other hand, it's nice to have a record of our travels. Every once and awhile Casey and I can't think of the name of a restaurant in --insert city-- we've been to and want to revisit, or an experience that we had, and I can always turn to the blog to refresh our memories. 

Blogging can also feel really narcissistic. I mean who really gives a hoot where we are, what city we're in and what we're doing? It's a weird feeling. One I don't really like.

So between rotting behind a computer screen (instead of being outdoors or spending time with Case) and feeling a little slimy with a blog all about us, I'm just not sure what to do.

On the plus side, this little corner of the internet has provided me with so many great opportunities (i.e. Oiselle Team) and I've gotten to connect with fellow runner-friends from around the country that I may not have ever met. This online journal of sorts has kept a loose record of our travels, my race recaps, and photos from our adventures that our families can view online. And, if we can encourage one person to get into running, to travel, or to quit their job and follow their dream - then it's all totally worth it.

So, that's where I'm at.

Whether "Roaming" continues to be free or loses a signal - we'll see. But in the meantime, here's a little update...

Since September: we celebrated six stellar years together, the stars aligned and we actually got to run RNRLV with our friends, we wrapped up the Cupcake Truck Tour in late November driving from our last event in Auburn, CA to St. Louis in three days. Once we reunited with my mom, I left for Chicago to run a half marathon and spent some time with Casey's family before returning back to Southern Illinois. Not long after, I flew to Sacramento (Casey went to Nashville with his family) to run the California International Marathon with my good friend Amy. I was home for about a day before Casey drove down and we departed for a short weekend trip to Colorado. We had an agenda for this trip out west and we accomplished it. We hope to share some exciting news in regards to that trip and our upcoming 2015 tour in the next few weeks...

Time flies when you're having fun...
When Target only has one TMNT...
Presenting: Casey and the Leonardos. 
Hiking/Trail running at Red Rock Canyon!
Our last Cupcake Vineyards' event of 2014 - The Mountain Mandarin Festival!
Drinks with my bro - checking out a new brewery in town. 
Two big kids in our favorite place - 12/11/14 was a good day.

I hope to have some more posts headed your way (like Hiking Your First 14er, My Favorite Races of 2014, Red Rock Canyon, CIM + RNRLV Race Recaps, etc.) but until then I'd love for you all to weigh in on this topic:


P.S. Casey's brother just moved to Los Angeles after spending 33 years (his entire life) in Chicagoland. Check out his new blog he created to keep us updated on his adventures while he adjusts to living the Pacific Coast life: Long Beach From Home.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekly Mileage: 9/22-9/28

Hermosa Valley Greenbelt

MONDAY 9/22 - 3.75 miles testing out the ankle at the nearby track + Bears on MNF. Since we work weekends, we've been DVR'ing the Bears games, ignoring social media, and watching them after work. So, it was awesome that the Bears were on Monday Night Football so we could actually watch it LIVE!

TUESDAY 9/23 - 7.5 miles on Veteran's Parkway/Hermosa Valley Greenbelt (it tends to go by both names). This wood chip trail is an urban gem. Take a break from city life and enjoy 3.5 miles of pure bliss. Want a longer run? Mix it up with trails and pavement - run oceanside afterward along The Strand (Redondo>Hermosa>Manhattan). Later that evening we went to one of our favorite places in Manhattan Beach, Fish Bar. The food never disappoints, plenty of TVs to watch sports and Taco Tuesday - what's not to love?

WEDNESDAY 9/24 - 5.5 miles and I got my hair done...FINALLY. I went to Evolution Hair Salon in Hermosa Beach and Vantha was so sweet and did such a great job! After 8 months, I finally chopped off about 5" and freshened up my locks. Plus, I picked up this killer mascara that uses adhesive gel and fibers to look like eyelash extensions without actually having extensions that cause damage. Even Casey noticed the difference it makes. It's basically a glorfied mascara that makes your lashes look longer and fuller, yet natural. I love it!

THURSDAY 9/25 - 3.5 miles + 30 minutes on the hotel bike + wine pick up + drive from LA to Pismo Beach, California.

Pismo Beach

FRIDAY 9/26 - Set up for our weekend event in Santa Margarita, California - Sunset: Savor the Central Coast.

We ate at this well-known San Luis Obispo spot - Firestone Grill

SATURDAY 9/27 - Worked Sunset: Savor the Central Coast. This was a beautiful event and a fun one to work.

SUNDAY 9/28 - Worked day two of Savor the Central Coast + event breakdown + 6 miles on the hotel dreadmill + reports/work stuff. I was hoping to get in 12 miles, but after six I started to feel a pain in my left ankle and my foot was tingling/falling asleep (the opposite ankle/foot as the bum ankle...what...the..??)

...I guess this is what happens when you get old...

My view last weekend. Not too shabby.

TOTAL: 26.25 miles + 30 minutes on the hotel bike

Obviously, I have A LOT of work to do. Luckily, I have 4-5 half marathons on the schedule prior to CIM to help hold me accountable in regards to balancing work, travel and the mileage needed for another marathon. I need a good race after two failed marathons. I need it more mentally than I do physically. 

Fortunately, I have some more time off this week before kicking off two family visits. Plus, we're heading down to one of our favorite cities for the next two weeks - San Diego. AND, we're working at the Miramar Air Show which means we're on the hunt for a good pair of aviators. ;)


A lot of miles and memories to look forward to this week...


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bum Ankle, Bakersfield, Bad Tattoos and Badass Women

Me - 1; bum ankle: 0.
Denver Trail Half - just three days after hearing a pop in the old ankle.
Not a smart idea.


So, I know I mentioned that I was going to revive my weekly mileage posts starting with the week of September 15-22, but the bum ankle/foot kept me off of it for one more week. I wanted to give it a little more time so once I finally started my CIM training cycle this week, I'd be in it for the long haul and wouldn't necessarily have to worry about this bad boy flaring up again. As of Monday, it's feeling a lot better especially when it's all wrapped up nice and tight in my shoe. I tested it out at the start of the week and was able to get in a little over 3 miles. Yesterday, I took it up a notch and knocked out 7.5 miles. It was a little sore after that run, but overall it looks like my body has given me the green light to start training!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hitting Reset

Well, it's been a while. In fact, it's been well over a month since I've even thought about touching this blog. To say we've been busy would be an understatement. Since early August, our schedule went from zero to sixty, we've had multiple visits from family members in South Dakota, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, we've celebrated Casey's 30th birthday and we've covered more miles than you can count. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but we're exhausted.

South Dakota

Hotel room birthday decor - a beer-day cake!

Casey's brother surprised him in LA for the big
3-0! Thanks, Andy! 

Casey's birthday celebration continues...
a quick stop in Vegas to meet up with his parents and see the show, Absinthe.
Thank you, T&C! 

CO adventures - follow along in real time on IG:
@jlcox6 or @cagarms

There are so many blogs I've wanted to write re: making the Oiselle Volée Team, adventures in S. Dakota, Colorado, Casey's birthday celebration in California, race recaps, #TourLife - What We Do For A Living, etc. (for a terribly outdated version click here) but the thought of using any ounce of potential "free time" sitting in front of a computer was quickly nixed without an ounce of guilt.

Now, we are back in Southern California and we only have three 2.5 months left on our current tour. In three months, we'll only bounce between three regions: Southern California, Northern California and Las Vegas (yes, I'm considering Sin City a region) which means we'll have less travel (less travel compared to our usual excursions across the country) and more free time. Our schedule is slowly winding down, and now it's time to hit reset after an adventurous, jam-packed, few months.

The CTRL + ALT + DELETE buttons of life have been pressed and it's time to buckle down and reorganize. Here's a few things I will be focusing on...

Training for CIM
I have come to realize that touring and training for a marathon is nearly impossible. But, now that we are going to have much more free time (I say that loosely) it's time to nail the bull's eye and prove myself wrong. I will be squeezing in as many half marathons as I can prior to work events (yes, I run a race, shower and then head off to work - not complaining, I actually thrive off of this) and focusing once again on building more muscle, all while following my curiosity of trail running. Also, being a part of a team makes you want to better yourself and inspire others. It puts a little bit of pressure on your shoulders, and that's exactly what I need right now to motivate myself on the road. As part of the Oiselle Team, I want to be a better, faster and most importantly a much stronger runner. I've had two bonked marathons due to injuries and dehydration overall poor planning - it's time to focus (which is always hard for me to do) and make this training cycle...this race...a good one. This train has fallen off the tracks and it's time to get back on for a smooth ride into my final destination...the California International Marathon.

I have said many times that blogging is pretty much last on my list of priorities. You can probably tell, since I've been pretty terrible at it. Sometimes, I don't even know why I blog - who really cares what I have to say? Plus, I can't stand to waste any time in front of a computer. But, it is nice to have a record of our travels (when I can post them in a timely manner) and a record of my workouts. With that said, I hope to revive my weekly mileage posts starting with Sept. 15-22.

Cross Training | Training | Running in General
Every morning I wake up before Casey. I lie in bed usually for an hour or so because once he hears me stir, he's awake and there's no turning back. Therefore, I never get up early to workout because I feel guilty waking him up. He honestly doesn't care and he's told me he'd be able to fall back asleep, but I can't shake the guilt. We also share a vehicle on tour, and I feel bad if I take it for the day to go running or do something I want to do instead of something we want to do. Well, it's time to get over it. These next three months, I have to be somewhat selfish if I want to obtain the goals I want to achieve. I will be scheduling more races, I will be spending more time outside and I will be setting my alarm for morning workouts (sorry, Case!).

Nutrition - A New Discipline; 31 Days Alcohol Free
In 2013, I was injured for 7 months and shed many unnecessary tears because I couldn't run. I needed a challenge and something to take my mind off of not being able to lace up, so I tried to become a vegetarian for 31 days. After doing a lot of research, this BBQ-lovin' St. Louis gal not only made it 31 days but I extended it to a year. Now over a year later, I am still a vegetarian. It was a hard challenge - one that took a lot of discipline and now I'm ready for a new one. In a era of instant gratification, I think it's important to practice self-discipline/personal growth. To me, it's a practice of making better decisions, connecting with yourself, and remembering that YOU can choose to do whatever you want to do in this life. Our time on Earth is much too short, just remember that it's YOU who decides how you want to spend it and you can make anything happen if YOU put your mind to it (i.e. like quitting your full-time jobs and becoming contractors in order to travel). My next challenge (even harder than giving up meat) is giving up alcohol for 31 days. It sounds silly, but it's going to be really hard. We're social people and when we meet up with friends/family in the various cities we travel to, it's usually over a couple of cold ones or a glass of vino. Plus, we always love to try new craft brews during our travels. But, as mentioned I want to focus on running and this training cycle which is currently of most importance. My body feels ragged from our travels over the past two months and I just want to rid it of toxins and give it a fresh new start. From September 11-October 11, not an ounce of alcohol will be enjoyed. However, I can guarantee you this "discipline" will not last for a year.

Heal Sprained Ankle/Foot 
I sprained my ankle pretty bad on the way down from Mt. Bierstadt in Colorado (my first 14er!). It was kind of a freak accident with loose footing and I heard a pop which brought me to the ground and got my attention. In order to make sure I can accomplish a lot of my goals listed above, I need to make sure this puppy heals and heals quickly. I ran a trail half marathon and hiked Hanging Lake a couple days later which was a stupid decision, but it seems to be just a gnarly sprain. I'm able to put weight on it, it's just still a little swollen/bruised on the top right side of my ankle/foot. Injuries are frustrating to me, and most of the time I pretend like they're not there but this one, I have to be smart about and make sure it heals correctly. A lot of RICE is in my future this week...

For more day hikes like these, check out Aaron's website: Day Hikes Near Denver.

FYI, Hanging Lake is so beautiful...

And, so is the summit of Mt. Bierstadt

Photo cred: Matt_Farley

Post-Tour Travels
As our contract comes to an end, we'll be taking at least 2-3 months off to spend time with families during the holidays and for personal travel. We tossed around the idea of a New Zealand/Australia trip, but a winter wouldn't be complete without some skiing in the Rockies. So, we just need to nail down an international trip and when we're going to be hitting the slopes before airline prices are through the roof and we're forced to choose one or the other. This is on the top of the "To-Do List."

Well, that's all I've got for now. It feels refreshing just to write this, to list my goals (sometimes they're not real until you tell everybody about them) and to be working towards said goals for the latter half of the year. For now, I just have to learn how to stay focused and keep at it.

I have to hit reset.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Things to do: Bend, Oregon

Since the Tunnel Marathon post, we've traveled from Sacramento to Eugene, OR, Portland to Seattle, Seattle to Bend, OR, until settling down for a few events in Carson City/Reno, NV. During our travel/off days we were able to swing a trip to Bend, Oregon for two nights. We were so stoked because it's a city we haven't been able to hit yet after 3.5 years on the road and we were finally able to make it happen. And let me tell you, it was love at first sight.

I imagined it to be similar to Asheville, North Carolina - beer, mountains, scenery and an active person's paradise. It's all of the above and more. Asheville quickly made my list of top 10 cities in the U.S. after our short trip last year, and Bend may have just trumped it. My first impression of Bend is that it's totally a cross between Asheville and Fort Collins, CO. All three are smaller cities with a lot to offer. I mean c'mon, beers + trails + water + mountains=what more do you need? Oh yeah, maybe a job.  But hey, one can only hope...

We were coming off our biggest weekend of the tour. We had our most successful event at the Bite of Seattle going through 721 bottles of wine in three days. Plus, our secondary vehicle (the one Casey and I drive on tour) was broken into and some of his belongings were stolen (all items that can be replaced). So as much as I wish I had more time in Bend to discover the trails and play outdoors, this trip was primarily hops-focused. It was our "weekend," and the clock was striking beer-thirty.

Casey booked a great hotel, close to town, making it easy for us to walk everywhere and cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. We love to walk when we're out and about (we never take our company vehicle to a bar/brewery) so 1-3 miles one-way is not far to us, so if that seems like a little much to you then I would suggest renting a bike. Of course, you can cruise around in your car to explore just leave the beer tastings off the itinerary.

Anyway, I digress (shocking). If you find yourself in Deschutes County for a trip to this magical town here are a few places to stay and things to do while you're there...
Note: I'm only speaking on behalf of our experiences, but I will add in a few other activities via the worldwide interwebs...


Fairfield Inn & Suites Bend Downtown | 1626 NW Wall St. | Bend, OR
We stick with the same two hotel chains, Marriott and Hilton, during our travels to rack up the rewards points so we chose this Marriott Property. Again, this is within walking distance to downtown Bend. Reasonably priced + free breakfast.

McMenamins - Old St. Francis School | 700 N.W. Bond St. | Bend, OR
Located downtown, Case and I stumbled across this mecca and couldn't believe what we were seeing. This compound is an old Catholic school house turned hotel, brewery, bakery, cigar bar, etc. It's crazy. We grabbed a beer and browsed their campus until we came across their patio where we enjoyed our cold brews by the fire. You almost have to see it to believe it.


Backporch Coffee Roasters | 1052 NW Newport Ave | Bend, OR
We stopped by Backporch on our way out of town because I had tried a local beer brewed with their coffee beans (chyeah!)...but more on that later...
This cute coffee shop is a perfect pick-me-up with popular pastries from Bend's Sparrow Bakery and they even sell hometown gal Lauren Fleshman's Picky Bars!


CHOW | 1100 NW Newport Ave | Bend, OR
Just down the street from Backporch Roasters, is breakfast/brunch spot - CHOW. We sat outside on a perfect morning sipping coffee out of their homemade mugs staring at the pop art that adorns this place (side note: be sure to check out the bottom of your coffee mug-you'll see why). The service wasn't speedy, but they could have been short-staffed. Either way, it didn't really matter to us because we were enjoying ourselves and didn't have anywhere to be. They have some yummy homemade sauces - Casey's favorite was the green one which was some kind of green chili sauce. In retrospect, I wish I would have tried their infamous french toast versus the scramble I ordered (although both of our dishes were divine). Peep their photos/reviews on Yelp! and let me know your pick!


FootZone | 845 NW Wall Street | Bend, OR | Hours: M-F 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
So, if you've followed me or read this blog long enough you know that throughout our travels, I love to stop by local running stores. Bend was no exception. Located in the heart of downtown (along with almost everything else) FootZone is a sick running shop. They had a killer selection of Oiselle (and other running apparel), running kicks, books, hydration vests, fuel, etc. Plus, they seem to be super involved in the community. I saw a gal in head-to-toe Oiselle with her dog in the store. How cool is that? Definitely worth a stop to stock up and shop local.

Tip: Check out their events calendar


10 Barrel Brewing | 1135 NW Galveston Ave Bldg. A | Bend, OR
Awesome patio, good food, dog friendly and their sampler is 10-beers deep (3 oz pours). I tried their seasonal Swill while we were waiting for our table, but I wasn't a huge fan - it tasted like carbonated orange juice. If you like fruity beers, it will be right up your alley. Otherwise, my faves were: Paramount (#3 in the sampler), Apricot Crush (sour-#8) and their ESB (#9). I'm eager to hear which ones are your faves!

GoodLife Brewing Company | 70 SW Century Dr. | Bend, OR
Unfortunately it was raining during our visit to GoodLife so we didn't hang out in their incredible backyard, but we still had a blast. My tip: if the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day - go to GoodLife! You can't beat their outdoor space to hang with friends, drink cold brews and play some games or just relax. Our sweet bartender let us taste test a few of their beers before selecting a pint. I opted for their Nothing as it Seems-Coffee Blonde brewed with Backporch Coffee Roasters' coffee beans. Now, you're probably expecting the beer to be dark in color, but just like the name - nothing is quite as it seems. The beer smelled like coffee with a faint taste of your morning cup of joe, but it was golden in color and not too heavy. It was DELICIOUS. The crazy part is that I couldn't sleep that night...I still can't decide if that's because I can never shut my mind off or if there was a little kick in that [possibly] caffeinated brew? Either way, you should give it a little taste test yourself and make GoodLife a stop on your Bend-cation.

This truly is the GoodLife.

Deschutes Brewery Tour | 901 SW Simpson Ave | Bend, OR
New building. Same old beer tour. The beer is great, but there was nothing special about the brewery tour. I would skip it, and just head to the Deschutes Public House downtown for food and brews. Maybe it's just us, but Casey and I really dig breweries that spice up their tours and either have you sampling the beers during the tour or just offer something unique (New Belgium, Redhook, Highland Brew. Co, etc). Maybe, it's because we're in the experiential marketing/advertising business, but you want to stand out and offer your consumers an experience they'll never forget. There's only so many stainless steel tanks, bottling lines and barrels you can look at before getting bored. My favorite part about the nation's sixth most popular craft brewery were the  artworks from local artists used to determine the label for their winter seasonal. Rumor has it, the amount of snow depicted in the chosen piece of art may predict the kind of ski season/snow Bend will have. 

Deschutes faves: River Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA. 
Tip: Reservations recommended for brewery tours. 

He loathes pictures.

This piece of artwork previously chosen for the Jubilee label is made entirely out of beeswax.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House | 1044 NW Bond St. | Bend, OR
This place gets slammed so arrive early. If bar seating is available, snag it. For my fellow vegetarians, they have a veggie burger and sweet potato fries awaiting you.

Signed by American decathlete and Olympic champion, Ashton Eaton!

The Bend Ale Trail
Just like Eugene, Bend has an Ale Trail. Pick up the brochure located at any of the breweries listed above or at your hotel for an awesome map of the local breweries.

There is one place I really wish we could have added to our brew tour list and that's Bend Brewing Company - the only brewery in Bend owned by a woman and brewed by a woman! Here's a great article on these two ladies from Brew Public. We walked by, but we're lightweights and didn't have enough room in our livers to accommodate.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES [These are not from experience but instead pulled from Trip Advisor, the internet, or seen via brochures in our hotel -- and yes, I still look at those. You should always peep the brochures - they usually contain coupons]. 

Also, Bend offers an endless list of outdoor adventures - these are just a few resources I pulled for a short trip. 

Wanderlust Tours 
Brews & Views canoe tours, kayaking tours, cave tours - you name it, they've pretty much got it. 

Deschutes River Trail 
Run on the Deschutes River Trail -maps available here

More Trail Running in Bend 

Crater Lake National Park
If you have plenty of time during your trip (say you're staying for 4-5 days) dedicate one day to Crater Lake National Park. It's about an hour and forty minute drive from Bend. 

Little Wing! 
And of course, if you're on the #oiselleteam or if you're a huge fan of Oiselle or elite athletes - keep your eyes peeled for the lovely ladies of Project Little Wing! 

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