Guest of the Month: Wendy Altschuler

My favorite thing about fall is the smell. I burn candles as if there is a power outage and enjoy the “pie in the oven” scents that fill the room. I also love the magic of the leaves changing color and the crisp air that somehow smells different than summer. Ahh. Can’t get enough.

As we transition to the new season and trade out flip-flops for boots and swim suits for sweaters, I find myself looking forward to things like canoeing on the river and eventually snowshoeing the Cascades. However, we visit some caves year-round! And while 45 degree AC on a hot summer day is a blessing, experiencing 45 degrees in the dead of winter is a nice reprieve from the cold.

This month Wendy and her son joined us for some underground exploration and she agreed to an interview about her journey! Enjoy!

Hometown: Chicago

Age: 38 and 10 (my son)

Have you been to Bend, OR before?

No but I'm super glad I came! 

How did you hear about Wanderlust Tours?

I first learned about the tours thorough the Sunriver Resort

What is one thing you learned on your tour that you didn't know before?

I learned what "lavacicles" are. The coolest part for me though was seeing my son get more brave and intrepid as the tour went on.  He started off a bit scared to be in the dark, clinging onto my arm, but by the end he was climbing around and exploring on his own. I loved when we all clicked our headlamps off and sat in total darkness and in total quiet. We are so inundated with stimulation and light pollution on a regular basis, that this 30 seconds was remarkable. Oh, and when our guide asked my son if he liked Sour Patch Kids and then proceeded to eat an ant he picked up off the ground, well, that was pretty swag! 

Wendy and Son in Cave - Photo Credit: Wendy Altschuler

What is your favorite thing about fall?

When the leaves turn color and the air is crisper, and there's the threat of much colder weather to come, I really have an attitude of gratitude for the outdoors. 

Where's the next place you're hoping to travel:

 As a travel writer, I always have lots of exciting destinations in the works—next up: Redding, Morro Bay and the Highway 1 Discovery Route in California. 

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Underground Cave Exploration

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Animal of the Month

Happy October! We have a Pop Quiz!! Don't scroll yet!  

What is the world's fastest animal?

Do you know?? 

Most people would be able to guess that the African cheetah is the fastest animal in the world. (Hopefully you were one of them.) 

But the real question is about #2! 

Do you know the world's second fastest animal? It is also the fastest in North America... and it's a species that has been around for 20 million years. 

Do you know what it is yet??

This animal looks like a deer but is more closely related to the giraffe! 

Their eyesight is EIGHT times better than ours! 

Okay if you don't know it yet, I'll tell you. 

One of the coolest animals in central Oregon is the Pronghorn!

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They are one of the most beautiful and majestic animals in North America. They are also super fast! Their running pace is about the same as the speed limit on the Parkway though they can burst to about 65 mph. Though cheetahs and jaguars aren't chasing our Oregon Pronghorns, there are only about 1,000 left in the area. They love the wide open desert areas where they can roam and search for sagebrush, bitterbrush, wildflowers and more. 

Oregon Bitterbrush in the High Desert

Oregon Bitterbrush in the High Desert

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Photo by vqronline. Click for more information. 

Look at the cool white stripes on their necks! Those stripes are a  beautiful and distinctive feature of the Pronghorn. While this group above may be migrating south for winter, Pronghorn Resort here in central Oregon stays open year-round! If you're looking to visit Bend soon, this is a great place to stay! 

We hope you are enjoying this change of season and change of pace. Keep an eye out for our friends the Pronghorn! 


What is 10th Month?

Tenth Month Bend Oregon

If you thought life in Bend was all about the outdoors, you're missing out! While we love our beer and bike rides, there is so much more! We also like to embrace the arts and have devoted an entire month to it. "Tenth Month" in Bend is a celebration of art, culture, film, tech, and business. This month-long series of events is definitely something you don't want to miss. A couple of events you don't want to check out:

  • Bend Indie Film - 10/6-10/9
  • Swivel Design Conference - 10/10-10/11
  • Bend Venture Investment Conference - 10/13-10/14
  • Bend Design Conference - 10/20-10/21
  • TEDXBend Women - 10/29

Follow along and join in on the festivities

Then... drumroll... next month is Bend Ale Trail Month! Get a new passport or download the app and get started on the greatest beer tasting adventure you'll ever know! Complete the trail in November and win special prizes.