Here & There Travel Fest – Oct 15&16

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I’ll be speaking about “Oregon’s Hidden Gems: Ten terrific lesser-known Oregon destinations” at 10 a.m. on Saturday October 15.

I’ll be at the event all weekend at a booth with my books, including the fresh off the press “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families.” I’ll also have “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir“.

Hope to see you there!


Coming Soon: Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families

CBend Daycations_FINAL copy lo resoming soon! Stay tuned for a release later this month.

Announcing Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families, by Oregon author Kim Cooper Findling.

Today is perfect for a daycation. Calling all Bend, Oregon visitors, new residents and anyone who is curious about the exciting destinations that surround this beautiful city. Bend, Oregon Daycations is your source for fun one-day travel narratives for families. Learn what to take, where to go, and what not to miss on 19 Oregon day trips within a two-hour radius of Bend.

Follow easy itineraries packed with information to explore these places and more:

The Painted Hills: Take a hike, learn about Oregon’s geologic history and eat homemade pie.

Newberry Crater: Explore an obsidian flow, dip your toes in the lake and see a waterfall.

The McKenzie River: Gaze at the famous Blue Pool, learn about the river’s unique hydrology and walk on a lava flow.

Crater Lake: Take a boat ride in a volcano, eat in a 100-year-old lodge and contemplate the United States’ deepest lake in Oregon’s only national park.

Camp Sherman: See a river spring from the ground, eat ice cream at a country store, and feed salmon their lunch.

What people are saying:

“Kim’s first-hand knowledge and love of the area combined with her knack for candid reflection and laugh-out-loud storytelling results in a delightfully fresh, engaging, witty and personal guide of wanderlust-inspiring travel destinations. For adventure seekers and families eager to explore the scenic beauty of Central Oregon (and where to get a beer along the way) this travel guide is a must-read.” ––Mariah Wilson, local writer and regional expert

Kim Cooper Findling is an award-winning Oregon travel writer and editor. She is the editor of Cascade Journal, the author of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir and the Central Oregon ambassador for Travel Oregon. Kim grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Bend, Oregon for over 20 years. See

Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day trips for curious families. $12.95. ISBN-13: 978-1536853391.

Available at,, at local bookstores and through book distributors.


Essay in Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition


I have an essay in this month’s Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition magazine. It’s all about my girls and their experiences falling in love with theater and acting. Check it out: sistersact

The Missing Canoes in Travel Oregon

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 3.31.16 PMSometimes I am privileged to write a story with all of my favorite elements – a powerful topic, a personal connection, an inspiring story, an amazing person. Oh yes, and Oregon.

I loved working on this story for Travel Oregon about Shirod Younker and his quest to discover the tribal canoes of his ancestors. Even better that we were high school classmates and the story begins in our hometown.

The Case of the Missing Canoes  in Travel Oregon.




Skate Mom in Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition


Very excited to have an essay in this month’s inflight magazine, Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition. Learning to skateboard with my girls was fun in the doing and a blast in the writing. What will I write about when they grow up?

Here’s the essay.Horizon Skate



Oregon’s Blue Mountains Event

IMG_5342Hey Oregon travel junkies – I’m going to be talking about traveling Oregon’s Blue Mountains at the Deschutes Library this week.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Bend branch and noon on Thursday at the La Pine branch, I’ll be reading travel stories and showing photos of some cool places in Eastern Oregon.

This photo is of my girls at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, overlooking the Elkhorn Mountains and Powder River Valley, taken a few years ago. Come on down and hear about this beautiful region of Oregon.

See you there!

Day Trips From Portland at University of Oregon

Isocialmedia_book_kcooper_graphic_sm (002) will be talking about Oregon travel and “Day Trips from Portland, Oregon getaway ideas for the local traveler” at the university of Oregon Flagship book store this Sunday December 6th at 2 pm. Come and see me and buy books for your friends and family, for Christmas.


*This post was written by Maris Findling, age 8 (:(:(:


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Chance of Sun goes to Book Club

IIMG_5214 had an absolute blast talking about my book Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir with these lovely ladies for their book club in Bend this week.

I thank them for choosing my book and inviting me to discuss it with them. The day reminded me how much I love writing my own stories, talking about vulnerability, celebrating Oregon and seeing all over again how strong and resilient we really are.

I love my travel writing and magazine editing work, but those are very different tasks than diving into a meaty personal narrative. Discussing Sun and life and challenge and satisfaction with these awesome women made me yearn to dig into another batch of Oregon stories, and soon. Their enthusiasm and appreciation and wisdom was gratifying and motivating.

How beautiful and powerful to be reminded that when you overcome fear and open yourself up, you are met with love.

Chance of Sun is available at nestucca spit and at various bookstores around Oregon. Or you can email me and I’ll hook you up. The back cover tag line on Chance of Sun is Sex, Drugs and Camping. I promise that and a whole lot more. 🙂



BendFilm on KLRR

10062011_bendfilm_2011_009-610x365I talked about this year’s BendFilm Fest lineup on KLRR 101.7 in Bend this morning. Here’s the interview. See you Thursday night for opening night of the awesome 12th annual BendFilm Festival!

Powells Event – Oregon Travel

IMG_4886I’ll be talking Oregon Travel and Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler 2nd Edition at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on August 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Would love to hear your ideas for what Oregon destinations you’d like to explore. Hood River? Wine Country? The Oregon Coast? Astoria?

See you soon!

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