A Wanderlust Valentine's!

Something pretty interesting happened on our Shoes, Brews, & Views Snowshoe Tour last Saturday and I asked one of our guides, Chaney, to share about his experience.

"One of my favorite parts of being a Naturalist Guide here at Wanderlust is that every single trip has the potential for wonder in many forms. Light changes, the weather shifts, and the group of fellow explorers is always different. Last Saturday, everything conspired to create a truly memorable trip out into the snow on Kapka Butte.

Our group had just completed our climb up the side of the cinder cone where we stopped for a break with a marvelous view west towards Mt. Bachelor. Blue skies made for a most photogenic moment, and everyone was posing for pictures at the geographic high point of our journey. Suddenly, gasps drew my attention to one couple in particular, where a man had just knelt down on one knee and was proposing to his girlfriend. She said yes, and our scenic vista transformed into a joyous overlook and a fine beginning to the Valentine’s weekend. We, of course, congratulated the couple, then celebrated with the “brews” portion of our Shoes, Brews, and Views trip.

Eventually, the time came for us to descend and leave our view behind. Final photos were posed for, but once more they weren’t all simply your average photos. For the second time, gasps led me to turn and see another proposal in action! The romantic question was again met with a resounding yes, the future husband and wife embraced, and we jumped right back into our congratulatory spirit. In a span of 30 minutes I’d gone from zero proposals on my trips to two! The two men, who I’m sure had nervously checked their pockets all the way up to make sure the rings were still there, joked with one another, making light of the fact that their engaging intentions had unwittingly but happily shared the same sunlit forest high on Kapka Butte.

Proposals in Bend Oregon
Bride and Groom in Bend Oregon

I’m not usually one for selfies, but it was too momentous of a trip to pass on a group photo. We bunched up, smiled for the camera, and began our hike back through the snow with beaming smiles all around. It was an unforgettable adventure and an afternoon I’ll always think back on when I see Kapka Butte. Congratulations to both of the happy couples!"

Snowshoe Proposal in Bend Oregon

A Capella Festival

A Cappella Festival Bend Oregon

What do you know about a cappella? I have seen Pitch Perfect and I listen to Pentatonix at Christmas so I though I knew about a cappella. Then the Bend A Cappella Festival came to Bend last year and I was blown away by how much I didn't know! Well, it's back again this weekend: February 10-12, and I don't want you to miss out! The Bend A Cappella Festival brings in the best musicians to perform, educate, compete and entertain! It's an amazing opportunity for aspiring artist to learn and for interested viewers to enjoy! Tickets are selling out quickly so go sign up today!   

A Cappella Festival Bend Oregon

The headliner for the event will be Naturally 7!  Naturally 7 has a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play." With the unique ability to blend their rich harmonies and replicate the sound of instruments, Naturally 7 have gone from quiet success in Europe to the world stage. Their music incorporates a range of styles from R&B to pop, gospel to jazz. The groundbreaking "Ready II Fly" CD featuring the now famous Paris subway YouTube hit, "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" led to the much-coveted opening slot for Michael Bublé introducing their ground-breaking style to over 4 million people worldwide. They have been invited to perform at the prestigious Royal Variety Performance, the TED conference, BET Honours and at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Week celebrations to mention a very few. Naturally 7 has also teamed up with Quincy Jones and Ludacris for Quincy's CD, "Soul Bossa Nostra."  The group has released 10 CD's to date with their most recent being "Hidden in Plain Sight." 

A Cappella Festival Bend Oregon
A Cappella Festival Bend Oregon

The Tower Theatre Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to be Central Oregon's leading performing arts organization.  They work to provide cultural and educational programs that make essential contributions to the region's lifestyle and strength of community. Located in our beautiful downtown, the Tower Theatre is the crown jewel of the performing arts community in vibrant Bend, OR. This acoustically brilliant space features 460 seats, and has become Bend's most sought after venue for local, regional, national and international performers.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to watch, learn, enjoy, and/or perform! It's happening this weekend! Now go, buy your tickets right now! And then come practice your new singing skills inside a lava tube

Central Oregon Exploration

All this in Bend's Backyard!! I asked Dave to share about his venture east of town last week. He says, "it helped to solidify my appreciation for winter and all that it brings." Maybe it will do the same for you! 

Global Warming
Wall of Icicles

"20,000 years ago our earth began to warm from an extensive frigid period we have come to call the Pleistocene Ice Age.  Huge amounts of frozen water melted and in so doing began to carve our landscape, eroding areas and digging river beds relatively quickly.  Jump those 20,000 years to the present on a winter day in 2017 and what is now a dry river bed, yet still the recipient of seepage, has shone forth with incredible winter beauty. Given heavy snowfall this winter, seepage through and over the walls of this river canyon, combined with sustained cold, has wrought one of the more spectacular ice falls I’ve ever witnessed.  Come explore with Wanderlust Tours or get out on your own to live in the magnitude which the stunning natural world provides!"

What do you think about those ice formations?! We have to say that while the pictures are amazing, they just don't show the magnitude of these remarkable formations. You'll just have to go see them for yourself. 

Longest Icicle
Icicles
Waterfall of Ice
Giant Icicles East of Bend Oregon
The Biggest Icicles you've ever seen
My personal favorite: the "Icicle Curtain."

My personal favorite: the "Icicle Curtain."