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Discussion: 9 day weekend on Labor Day, anyone?

in: Deschutes Daze 2019 (Aug 31 – Sep 4, 2019 - Bend, OR, US)

May 26, 2019 7:00 PM # 
Hello Orienteers,

Late summer is a great time for orienteering on the West Coast. For Labor Day we have Deschutes Daze 2019 in Bend from Aug 31 to Sept 4.

And for those who want to keep going the following weekend, there is the Western Canadian & British Columbia Orienteering Championships in Kimberly/Cranbrook *and* the US Nationals in the Bay Area. Only Dr. Who can do both of these . . .

Question: are you planning to go to the US Nationals or Western Canadian Champs after Deschutes Daze?
May 28, 2019 6:18 PM # 
My family and I are planning on the Deschutes Daze followed by the US Nationals. Looking forward to it!
May 28, 2019 11:39 PM # 
What is the Dogbone on Sunday?
May 28, 2019 11:44 PM # 
How about childcare?
Jun 22, 2019 4:37 AM # 
@ledusledus regarding childcare, we do not have a plan to offer childcare as it is a bare-bones festival. Please feel free to contact us using the contact form on our event page at so we can try to find a solution that works for you.
Jun 22, 2019 4:43 AM # 
@eagletonjim, CROC did a dog-bone in 2015 as part of our evening Zero series. On the old event page you can read description of the event format:

There is a mass start, then chaos ensues . . .
Jun 24, 2019 6:13 PM # 
We're planning on (most of?) Deschutes Daze followed by Nationals, with a mini road trip in between. Anyone have any suggestions for places to visit and/or camp between Bend and San Jose?
Jun 24, 2019 9:54 PM # 
Lotsa volcanic stuff...
Jun 25, 2019 4:41 PM # 
The drive on US 97 south from Bend is one of the most beautiful in the country. After leaving Klamath Falls, the views of Mt Shasta are stunning.
Jun 25, 2019 9:23 PM # 
Crater Lake?
Jun 26, 2019 10:51 AM # 
We've always enjoyed driving the less-traveled route (US 395).

Definitely Crater Lake. There's a neat rock you can jump off of into the lake (more of an adult-sized jump) if you want the details. The campsites can fill up but are quite peaceful.

You might look into Lava Beds National Monument. Cool hikes Lukas would like, plus they'll give you flashlights and let you explore the caves on your own. They're rated for difficulty. One of our absolute favorites, and as we've often found with national monuments, a really nice campground.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is also well worth a stop, and coming into Yosemite from the back side (Tioga Pass) offers plenty of inexpensive, beautiful NFS campgrounds. Tuolomne Meadows has some nice hikes and is less crazy than the Valley side.

I'll dig a bit more in my AP and FB travel logs. End of Sep - Oct 2017 was our last trip that way (starts, plus another trip as far as SF maybe in Dec 2016 that was limited by snow road closures.
Jun 26, 2019 11:08 AM # 
Definitely agree with cmpbllv about Crater Lake, Lava Beds and Lassen.

Only did a drive-thru on Tioga Pass Rd. From the Pass, the view of the desert to the east is stunning, especially in contrast with the terrain west of the Pass. Before ascending the VERY long grade on SR-120, check out the tufa at Mono Lake. (I can thank Pink Floyd for learning about Mono Lake)

Also, just south of Bend is Newberry National Volvanic Monument, which, interestingly, is administered by NFS, not NPS. (I believe Hells Canyon NRA is also NFS-administered)

If you go there, do check out the Big Obsidian Flow (volcanic black glass!)
Jul 9, 2019 1:28 AM # 
Karin D.:
I'm hoping to share lodging for the event, I just signed up and the group camp is full. It seems that there is a limit on tents so it might be possible to share a tent with someone to stay at the group camp. I'm planning to fly a small aircraft into the Bend airport and get a ride to wherever I'm staying then carpool to the event.
Thanks for any help!
Jul 9, 2019 4:45 AM # 
Karin, I sent you a message via your club's web email.
Aug 5, 2019 6:59 PM # 
Does anyone want to share a ride back to Portland after the score-O on the 4th? I can either drive a rental car and take additional passengers, or hop in the car of someone who's already headed that way. I need to get to the PDX airport but could get dropped off somewhere closer to downtown.
Aug 5, 2019 7:56 PM # 
Big Obsidian Flow

Dragonglass, very useful stuff.

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