13 Images That Will Make You Quit Your Job, Buy a Van & Drive to Central Oregon

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Step one: Quit your job. Step two: Sit in these chairs at Suttle Lodge and contemplate your new future.

There are worse ways to start the morning than paddle boarding Sparks Lake. (Literally, every other way would be a worse way.)


This guy used to have a job like yours now he’s fly fishing on a Tuesday morning and he’s not even wearing a watch. You could be this guy.

Please don’t break your cubicle wall after seeing this picture from Smith Rock.

Don’t forget to have your mail forwarded. New address: Paradise.

It won’t take long to adjust to the local cuisine. We call this “the usual.”

Before you make any rash decisions though, you should know we do have a lot of board meetings here.

Floating the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

And just look at this traffic jam. Gross.

Yeeeeah, we’re going to need you to come in on Saturday.

Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater

Then again, we throw killer parties with folks like Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Paul Simon and some guys named Phish.

Sunriver Brewing Co. Galveston Pub

And you’ll probably make some new friends and have a chuckle around the fire. So much chuckling.

Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon

So yeah, let’s stick with the original plan because you’ll need to see Steelhead Falls.

And this mountain bike trail on Round Mountain isn’t going to ride itself.

Safe travels.

Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.