The 97 removed parking spots along the west side of Crooked River Drive just south of the park entrance sign are making parking tough on these Indian summer days.
If you head toward the RV lot you’ll usually catch the short-termers that snag a quick photo and leave. Same at the far end of the road into the parking area at the Turnaround parking lot.
They’re gone per a Deschutes County resolution citing both safety concerns and road damage issue from cars straddling the edge of the road and the shoulder. The east side has not been open to parking at all, and the county has been pretty tolerant of the overflow parking situation at the park until now. Read more... (180 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
With the brisk sales of marijuana since it became legal to sell October 1 in Bend, we thought we’d republish this piece for those of you that might have missed it.
Smith Rock State Park may be one of the “7 Wonders of Oregon” but you don’t need to wonder where they stand on pot use in the park.
The park is a public place and therefore off limits to using the legal weed where others can see you.
What’s Legal Oregon defines it this way: Read more... (205 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Gusty winds prevailed today, pushing away the smoke of the ongoing Warm Springs grasslands fire and recently erupted Lake Billy Chinook fire.
Blue skies and puffy white clouds were a welcome change. Dust however from the dry conditions made 40 mph wind gusts resemble a scene from the Sahara desert.
With weather temps in the low 70s though and no smoke, it’s tough to complain.