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See the sites of Central Oregon

You are about to embark on a true adventure. Whether you are from Rock Hill, South Carolina; Round Rock, Texas; or White Rock, British Columbia, dust off your hiking boots, load up the bicycles, bring your golf clubs, and head to FMCA’s 84th International Convention in Redmond, Oregon. Once you get parked, or even as you are traveling to the convention, you'll want to take in some of the great sights of Central Oregon.

Here are a few suggestions.

Oregon’s volcanic history

Just 2½ hours away from Redmond is Crater Lake National Park, combining a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is truly a place of immeasurable beauty.

A little closer to Redmond is Newberry National Volcanic Monument, home of the world’s largest obsidian flow and a mile-long lava tube. Of course, you can always head north and visit magnificent Mt. Hood, Oregon’s highest peak.

Bend day trip

And you thought a trip to Mount Bachelor was only for skiing? Summer on Mount Bachelor is as exciting and unique as the ski slopes are in the winter. Hike along one of the Bachelor’s many trails, play a game of disc golf, or take a chairlift ride up to Pine Marten for a breathtaking view of the Cascade Range and sunset dinner at the lodge (open for dining on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Dinner reservations may be made by calling (800)829-2442.

If you are not feeling that adventuresome, the Bend Factory Stores, located at 61334 South Highway 97 in Bend, features plenty of clothing, footwear, and specialty stores to keep you busy. For store information and hours, visit www.mybendfactorystores.com.

Or, you may wish to visit quaint boutiques and art galleries in downtown Bend, or visit the Central Oregon Saturday Market, the largest election of local artisans and craft masters east of the Cascades, located across from the Bend Public Library. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on downtown Bend, visit their Web site at www.downtownbend.org/.

More upscale shopping is located at Bend’s Old Mill District (www.theoldmill.com). Shop such stores as Orvis, Coldwater Creek, and Bath & Body Works. Take in a movie at Regal Cinemas or rent a bike at Wheel Fun Rentals. Hungry? Visit Flatbread Community Oven for great pizzas, or enjoy one of Ben & Jerry’s favorite flavors of ice cream.

For more complete information on attractions, restaurants, and things to do in l Oregon, please visit the following Web sites:

High Desert Museum

Learn about the history of Oregon’s High Desert and the Oregon Trail. Would you have made it as a fur trader? What was it like to live as a Northern Paiute?

The High Desert Museum will reach all senses as you visit an outdoor tipi, wind through a dark mine shaft, pet heirloom goats working at the homestead, and smell the fresh pine logs being cut at the 19th-century, steam-powered sawmill. Walk down a quarter-mile trail, winding through tranquil streams, aspens, and ponderosa pines. See animals in their native habitats.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum is located at 59800 South Highway 97, approximately 7 miles south of Bend. Visit www.highdesertmuseum.org for more information.

Fore!

Nearly 50 golf courses are located in Central Oregon, and three are located within minutes of the Deschutes County Fair and Expo. Adjacent to the fairgrounds is Juniper Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 course designed by golf course architect John Harbottle. With seven tee options, native grasses, and well-placed hazards, the course offers a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. For tee time, call toll-free: (800) 600-3121, ext. 41, or visit the Juniper Golf Course Web site at www.junipergolf.com.

The 18-hole “Ridge” course at the Eagle Crest Golf Resort, located at 1522 Cline Falls Road in Redmond, features 6,927 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.0 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Rye grass. Designed by John Thronson, the Ridge golf course opened in 1987. For tee times, call (542) 923-4653, or visit the Eagle Crest Golf Resort Web site at www.eagle-crest.com.

The Greens at Redmond is a challenging 18-hole executive public golf course in Central Oregon designed by noted architect Robert Muir Graves. Located just minutes from the Redmond's city center, The Greens at Redmond offers a quiet and relaxed lifestyle with parks, nature paths and a golf course designed into the Central Oregon landscape.For tee time and course information, please call (541) 923-0694, or visit www.thegreensatredmond.com.

Missing Link Family Golf Center, located at1401 NE Maple Ave. in Redmond, is a par 3 short golf course popular for both new and experienced golfers alike. This well designed course will make you concentrate on your short game while still being easy enough for beginners to learn in a pressure free environment. Designed by Jim Ramey and built by Par 5 Construction, the course consists of bent grass greens and Rye/Bluegrass tees and fairways. For tee times and more information, call Missing Link Family Golf Center at (541) 923-3426, or visit their Web site at www.missinglinkgolf.com.

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