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Sounds Of Summer: Songs And Splashes On The Deschutes

With this final week of August, the summer can be heard ticking away. This year, we’ve been asking the question “what sounds like summer to you?” David Nogueras found his sounds of summer on the Deschutes River in Bend.

Before there was tourism in Bend, there was timber. Timber companies used to store their logs in the water. It was only after the mid-90’s that the river opened to the public.

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For many, summer days in Bend mean floating the river. And at Riverbend Park is one popular place to put in.

Andrew Tasler is just here to cool off. He just recently moved to town with his wife and his 5-year-old son. But he says the Deschutes is already one of their favorite places to go.

He said, “You know it’s sunny all the time and the water’s cold. And there’s something going on all the time.”

“Sound of girls singing on big raft”

Many go with the classic inner tube. But you’ll see a lot of inflatable air mattresses out here, too. Some vessels are less than sea-worthy. Others seem made for the water.

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No paddling is required for this trip. The river does all the work.

Teenagers cling to the bottom of a bridge — each trying to outdo the next as they flip into the water.

On top of another bridge, people are singing down to the floaters below.

“We will, we will rock you. Yeah — thank you Bend, Oregon.”

Somebody says there’s a scavenger hunt going on in town. Maybe that’s why these people are singing. Nobody seems to know. But then again, the weather is nice — and nobody seems to care.

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