The Great Outdoors: Rimrock Dig

For almost a century, the dominant theory in archaeology claimed that the first people to live in North America came via a land bridge across the Bering Strait, from what is now Asia to Alaska and down into the continental United States.

However, in this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to a new dig site just east of Bend that is debunking that theory and showing that Native Americans were here long before others migrated from Asia.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Preserving the Pacific Crest Trail

There are so many popular trails for hikers to enjoy in Central Oregon that it’s easy to forget that those trails didn’t just happen. They were created so that millions of visitors could enjoy them every year and they have to be maintained to keep them accessible to everyone.

In this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, Brian Jennings meets the volunteers who work year-around to protect and preserve one of the longest trails in North America.

The Great Outdoors: Fremont’s Mapping of the Oregon Trail

Most of us take road maps for granted. It’s easy for today’s travelers to get a clear map to guide them on their way. However, this was not true with early voyagers who had to make their own maps, and one of the most significant chart-making explorers of the 19th century was Captain John C. Fremont, mapping the way for hundreds of thousands of those who came west over the Oregon Trail.

In this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, Brian Jennings tells the story.

The Great Outdoors: Protecting Oregon Desert Lands

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is a group dedicated to protecting Oregon’s wildlands, and this year, they are celebrating 30 years of keeping the desert landscape safe. Brian Jennings gives us a look at the thousands of acres the group oversees everyday.

The Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver. 

The Great Outdoors: East Lake Resort

Forty-five miles southeast of Bend, there’s a resort that’s been welcoming visitors for more than a century, and it offers a remote place to experience one of Central Oregon’s most scenic regions. In this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, Brian Jennings takes us to the East Lake Resort.

The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Trail

It’s the route that hundreds of thousands of people took to migrate to the american west in the middle of the 19th century, and today, there is still evidence of the historic Oregon Trail.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company, Brian Jennings takes us on a hike along the path that brought so many pioneers to Oregon and Bend.

The Great Outdoors: ‘The Old One’ in the Oregon Badlands

After a short drive from Bend and an easy hike into the Oregon Badlands, you’ll find one of the oldest juniper trees in the state, with a history that is almost as old as the lava formations themselves.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings takes us there for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company.

The Great Outdoors: Smith Rock Rising Visitors

The number of annual visitors to Smith Rock State Park has increased 35% percent since 2012.

For this week’s edition of The Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company, Brian Jennings takes us to Smith Rock for a look at how park rangers may be changing their strategies on how to deal with the crowds.