The Gift of Adventure

The holidays are here and the season of giving is upon us. We want to help you get your family and friends out into nature this year. Give a child the chance to learn about hydrology, dendrology, or geology without ever setting foot into a classroom. Give a friend the magical experience of leaving their desk for another realm in the forest or underworld. Give your loved one a night away soaking in the silence of the snow and the briliance of the starry sky. In the spirit of giving, consider giving a memory that will last a lifetime. Wanderlust gift cards are available year-round and are valid for two years for any of our tours or merchandise. 

The new year is just 32 days away! Where are you going to start 2017? We invite you to join us for a bonfire in the snowy forest complete with hot drinks and spirits, locallly made desserts, snowshoes, and new friends. We'll toast to the new year at midnight and get 2017 off to a great start.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Wanderlust Tours!

A Wanderlust Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we eagerly await the holiday/winter season. We're hoping that Mt. Bachelor gets a few more inches before opening day! (Tentatively planned for Friday, November 25th). We'll be snowshoeing as soon as there's enough snow closer to the base! We'll be sure to keep you posted. 

Wanderlust will be closed for Thanksgiving day but we'll be around on Friday! We hope you and your family decide to get out and make some memories together! 

Personally, my FAVORITE day of the year is Christmas Tree Cutting Day. While it's not an official holiday, it is definitely a day to celebrate. Whether you snowshoe out to a remote spot or tailgate through the morning, it's a day of adventure and celebration for all. The Forest Service has outlined some tips for choosing the right tree this winter! 

The most popular tree species used for Holiday Trees are Douglas-fir, White fir, Incense Cedar and sometimes, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.
In general, pines can be found on flatter ground at lower elevations around Bend and on south and west facing slopes around Prineville. Firs and Cedars are found at higher elevations around Bend and Sisters and on north and east facing slopes around Prineville.

Guidelines and Restrictions for collecting your Christmas Trees

  • One permit is required for each Christmas Tree.... Five permits maximum, per household. (I hope to one day have a house large enough to hold 5 Christmas trees!!) Permits are $5.00 each.
  • Per the Every Kid in a Park Program, all 4th graders are entitled to one FREE Christmas tree permit with a valid EKIAP pass. Learn more here.
  • Christmas Tree permits must be validated and attached to your tree during transit.
  • Cut your Christmas Tree only on National Forest lands. National Forest maps are available for sale at the Wanderlust office
  • Select any tree species that is less than 12 feet tall.
  • Only take a tree that is within 15 feet of another tree.
  • Cut stumps shorter than 12 inches.
  • Respect road and area closures.

    Please do not cut trees:
    • On private property.
    • Within 150 feet of state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds and other developed areas.
    • Within 300 feet of streams and bodies of water.
    • Within young tree plantations (Nursery grown seedlings planted for future forests).

Tree Cutting Permits:

  • Butler Market South, 61396 S. Hwy 97, 383-0146 
  • C.E. Lovejoy's Brookswood Market, 19530 Amber Meadow Drive, 388-1188
  • Powder House, 311 S.W. Century Drive, 389-6234 (right on the way up to the mountain!)

We can't wait to get our tree this year! We're going use every inch of those 12 feet and get the biggest tree we can find! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Wanderlust Tours!! 

The History of Snowshoeing

As it turns out, snowshoeing was not another case of humans trying to entertain themselves.  Though that is its primary function today, this wasn't always the case. Over 4,000 years ago, people started to make some form of snowshoes out of some interesting materials. But first, let's get to the why. Why did these people need to travel by foot in the snow? Mostly because Blue Apron and Amazon hadn't started delivery service yet. So, in order to eat, indigenous people made snowshoes. After watching animals successfully navigate the fluff, they made their own "paws" to get around and search for food more effectively. The early snowshoes are said to be made of *ash timber frames and untanned cowhide webbing or "babiche." They could strap them on to their feet and search for food. 

By the 1900s, people were no longer relying solely on hunting to get their food. It was at this time that the "sport" of snowshoeing came into prominence in places that experienced heavy winters. Certainly the materials used to make snowshoes have changed quite a bit over the years, but the idea remains the same: stay on top of the snow. If you're a collector, you can buy these vintage snowshoes on Etsy! 

Today we use snowshoes to get to places you wouldn't be able to get on foot. You can snowshoe a butte and ski down. You can snowshoe to the middle of a dense forest to cut down your Christmas tree. You can run in snowshoes and jump off rock outcroppings. The possibilities are endless. And best of all - it's just for fun. You don't have to search for dinner out there.

Our favorite way to snowshoe? With beer. But who's surprised? This is Bend. We call it Shoes, Brews, and Views Snowshoe Tour and it's everything you would imagine this type of tour to be. We bring the beer and snacks out to the middle of the forest for you to enjoy. You can feel just a little like an early adventurer, searching for food. Except not totally. We'll taste beer from Cascade Lakes Brewery and soak in the amazing views. And if it's snowing while we're out there, lucky you! Enjoy the flurry of white surround you and experience nature at its best and brightest. Seriously. It's so much fun!! 

photo by: come we create

photo by: come we create