Book Review: Bend, Overall

Bend, Overall by Scott CookBend, Overall, by Scott Cook, is a guidebook with an emphasis on outdoor adventures. Published in 2004, it’s fairly up-to-date and you should be able to manage each of the "adventures" with no real changes from the book.

The book is divided into 53 featured outings/destinations, several driving tours, and maps. Each of the outings features exact directions for both driving and hiking, helpful tips like whether dogs are allowed and the price (if any), and is peppered liberally with photographs and tidbits of history and trivia. Cook has an easy-to-read writing style that works well here in an "insider’s guide" book, and he clearly has an excellent knowledge of the Central Oregon area.

Overall, it’s a very good book and is eminently appropriate to tourists and locals alike who want to see what the "Central Oregon lifestyle" is all about. However, if you’re looking for a book that also recommends and reviews restaurants, lodging, shopping, etc., then this is not the book you’re looking for.

The book was published locally and doesn’t appear to have an ISBN number; because of that, you won’t find it on I did find it on Powell’s (my first link above), and here’s a link to it on REI’s website. Otherwise, you should be able to find it at our local bookstores, and of course the library has it as well. Price? Well, locally (and on REI) it looks to be $14.95, but Powell’s at this writing is selling it for $8.95—a pretty good deal.

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