All In A Day's Drive

'We're so fortunate to have it in our backyard here in Oregon'

'We're so fortunate to have it in our backyard here in Oregon' »Play Video
Smith Rock

A state park in Oregon's high desert is one of the most popular places in the country to go rock climbing.

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'It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon'

'It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon' »Play Video
Notes from the undeground

A prehistoric site in Oregon is now open for families to explore.

The Lava River Cave a few miles south of Bend reopened for the season earlier this month. The cave sits right off highway 97, and it’s a popular underground attraction for families.

“It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon,” lead ranger Cristina Mastrangelo said. 

The cave is a mile-long underground tube formed by lava flows thousands of years ago.

“There are probably more out there that we just don't know about,” Mastrangelo said. “Those massive eruptions formed lots of lava tubes, this is the most easily accessible one that we invite visitors to come explore.”

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All in a Day's Drive: Fun in Florence on the Oregon Coast

All in a Day's Drive: Fun in Florence on the Oregon Coast »Play Video
Sandland Adventures has more than 20 years of experience guiding visitors across 32,000 acres of high speed, rough and tumble sand dunes. But the drivers recommend that you try not to scream.

With summer-like temperatures in the forecast, Joel Porter pays a visit to the Oregon Coast and attractions around Florence for a story set to air April 30.

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Garden tips from a country trip near Corvallis

Garden tips from a country trip near Corvallis »Play Video

Spending time in the garden or just a little time around animals can always put you in a good mood.

And there are a few country destinations not far from Corvallis where you can relax.

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All in a Day's Drive: Free Easter egg hunts

All in a Day's Drive: Free Easter egg hunts

This week will be a busy one for the Easter bunny. You may spot the bunny at an Easter egg hunt near you. This weekend, there are several places where kids can hop to it as they fill up their baskets.

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All in a Day's Drive: Folks stand by Brownsville

All in a Day's Drive: Folks stand by Brownsville »Play Video

It was the home of some of Oregon's first settlers and it was the setting for the movie "Stand By Me."

But people who still call Brownsville home say the town is always welcoming to visitors.

People who visit Brownsville may appreciate the rich history or the quiet streets.

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Don't miss Alsea: 'It'd just take a blink and you'd be through it'

Don't miss Alsea: 'It'd just take a blink and you'd be through it' »Play Video
Just down Main Street, you'll find some down home cooking. It's here where Deb’s Café owner Deb Thalman-Estes and her family cook up homemade goodness six days a week.

As you head west on highway 34 from Corvallis to the coast, it's easy to miss the town of Alsea.

You'd have to pay close attention to even find it on the map.

But this small town has plenty of charm.

Much like a Robert Frost poem, Highway 34 is indeed the road less traveled.

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Antiques and good eats in Douglas County

Antiques and good eats in Douglas County »Play Video
All in a Day's Drive ...

Warmer days mean that you'll soon see more garage sale signs popping up around town.

But if you're looking for something a little more nostalgic, you can head for Riversdale Valley Farm in Douglas County.

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All in a Day's Drive: Best weather in decade on tap for 42nd Daffodil Drive

All in a Day's Drive: Best weather in decade on tap for 42nd Daffodil Drive »Play Video

With a sunny weekend expected in the Willamette Valley, there'll be a bouquet of activity happening north of Eugene.

Many people will be heading to Junction City for the 42nd annual Daffodil Drive.

Little yellow beacons are blooming along Ferguson Road west of Junction City, just in time for organizers to open up Long Tom Grange for this weekend's Daffodil Drive.

“All of the flowers coming up, the daffodils in bloom, it's a great time to remember it's a chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Jolene Thomson said. Thomson works for Guaranty RV in Junction City.

“Probably the best daffodil festival - as far as weather goes - we've had in the last ten years,” Danuta Pfeiffer said. Pfeiffer is organizing this year’s drive.

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Snow on the mountain, shovels in Sisters

Snow on the mountain, shovels in Sisters »Play Video

After a mostly dry winter, late season snow has more people returning to the Cascades to enjoy the final few weeks of winter.

And Sisters is a small mountain town with big charm.

Heavy snow is a welcome sign in the Cascades.

The elusive snowfall has been a late arrival this season.

“It was just killing us, from November, almost through the end of January, the snow finally showed up and it's just been fantastic ever since,” skier Erik Hoefer said. Hoefer drove from Stayton to ski at Hoodoo.

After mammoth-sized snowfall in February, it's ski season on the mountain, but construction season in the town of Sisters. The town is undergoing a project to repave Highway 20.

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Oscar nominees still showing on big screens in Eugene, Corvallis

Oscar nominees still showing on big screens in Eugene, Corvallis »Play Video
"Let's all go to the lobby and get something to eat ... "

This weekend, avid movie watchers will find out which motion pictures will win Hollywood's top prize.

Nine movies are vying for this year's best picture at the Academy Awards.

And you can still see just about all of them playing on the big screen.

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Your photos of beachcombing finds

Your photos of beachcombing finds »Play Video
You never know what you'll find when you spend a day at the beach

Joel Porter takes you on a #DaysDrive to a beachcombing mecca #LiveOnKMTR on Wednesday, February 19.

We wanted to know: What have NewsSource 16 viewers found on the beach?

Here are some of the photo responses to our question on Facebook. Please "Like" the page and share your photos, too.

'A mecca for not only finding agates, jaspers, petrified wood, but also fossils'

'A mecca for not only finding agates, jaspers, petrified wood, but also fossils' »Play Video
Lincoln City hides a number of glass floats, colorful pieces of blown glass along the beach

It's wet and windy on the Oregon coast, but you'll still find beach goers up and down the surf in Lincoln City. But it's after the storm when buried treasures are unearthed by the waves.

“So as long as the ocean is pulling sand out and not pushing sand in, it's exposing bars of gravel that're there all the time, they're just hiding under the sand,” Rock Your World store owner Laura Joki said.

That's precisely why geology buffs venture to Lincoln City to stroll the beach with a sharp eye.

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Experience winter on snowshoes: 'Enjoy the beautiful snow and forest'

Experience winter on snowshoes: 'Enjoy the beautiful snow and forest' »Play Video
Snowshoes are a way to get out in the woods in the snow.

You don't need a lift ticket to get a good view of the mountains in Oregon. In this week's all in a day's drive, we'll strap in for hike through the deep snow on a journey through some of Oregon's forests.

While skiers and snowboarders are taking the chair lift to the summit on Mount Bachelor, this group has something a little more relaxing in mind.

“I was really rusty at skiing, and I wasn't sure I wanted to get back into it,” first-time snowshoer Lynne Rossi said. Rossi and a group of friends traveled from Eugene to try out the sport.

“It seemed a lot safer,” Lee Rumbarger said. “And also, a lot more peaceful. A way to enjoy the beautiful snow and forest here.”

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'An hour and a half really isn't enough time to see the High Desert Museum'

'An hour and a half really isn't enough time to see the High Desert Museum' »Play Video
On Saturday, February 8, the museum is hosting a fashion show called Firearms and Fashion. Historical characters will be showing off outfits and guns they would've carried in the late 1800s. The show begins at 6 p.m.

The High Desert Museum just outside Bend offers families a glimpse at how some of Oregon's first settlers lived and lets them see wild animals up close.

“Have any of you ever hear the phrase, 'flash in the pan?'” An interpreter asks while showing off an old black powder rifle. “We get that phrase from flintlock muskets just like this.”

Families and kids are all ears, as interpreters show them a piece of frontier life in Oregon. But the smoking gun is just one attraction on this path. There are 135 acres for families to learn and explore.

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