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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Visiting Lava Butte at Lava Lands near Bend, OR

Lava Butte at Lava Lands

  On a recent trip to Bend and Sunriver, Oregon, we spent an afternoon visiting Lava Butte, a cinder cone on the northern border of the massive Newberry Volcano (stretching 20 miles in diameter!). From the Lava Lands Visitor Center entrance, we walked the “Trail of Molten Lava”, about 1 mile round trip (lots of ups and […]

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Hiking Smith Rock near Bend, OR

Smith Rock

On a recent family tour of Bend and Sunriver in central Oregon, we stopped for a day at Smith Rock State Park to take in the incredible landscape and get some hiking in. This was a trip of many discoveries for us, not having spent much time in the area previously, and Smith Rock was […]

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Hiking the Gaviota Wind Caves near Santa Barbara, CA

Gaviota Wind Caves

Backtracking a little to our California adventures earlier in the year, we realized that we had never talked about our hike to see the Cagiota Wind Caves. This is definitely a hike worth mentioning. The Gaviota Wind Caves emerge from the mountains cradling Hwy 101 west of Santa Barbara, CA. The pockmarked sandstone face of the […]

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Visiting the High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon


If your family is planning a trip to central Oregon, you simply must put the High Desert Museum on your list of places that you must visit. It is a worthy stop and one which you will not regret! The indoor and outdoor exhibits at this museum will keep you and your kids happily occupied […]

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Travel Quotes


Here are some of our favorite travel quotes accompanying some of our favorite images captured on our recent vacation to central Oregon. You are welcome to use these, we’d just ask that you credit the photos back to teafirst.com. Enjoy!        

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Hiking Benham Falls Trail, Sunriver, Oregon


Our family recently planned a trip to Sunriver, Oregon. Meaning, we planned to go there but we didn’t take the time to plan what we would do or see while in the area (as is our usual habit). We’re typically big on planning and preparedness but in this case, we decided to fly by the […]

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Visit Downtown Bend, Oregon


Last week our family enjoyed visiting Bend and the surrounding areas. We had a lovely time exploring Downtown Bend for the first time. What a fantastic location to enjoy as a family! Our family (two adults, four small children) enjoys familiarizing ourselves with various cities and towns by exploring their downtown areas. There is something so quaint […]

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