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From those who like to surf the river’s waves to couples who prefer Airstreams to houses, Bend, Oregon is a nature lover’s dream town. Sponsored by Zillow.

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- [Damien] The thing that makes Bend feel like home to me is whenever I see the Cascade Mountains off in the distance. - [Anna] You can drive 20 minutes outside of town and be at an amazing 70 foot waterfall or drive 25 minutes and be skiing on a mountain. - [Joe] I drive past three rivers and gorgeous snow-covered mountains every day to work instead of in traffic for an hour and a half. - [Travis] There's always something going on, like not just on the weekends but almost every day of the week there's something that's available to do in Bend that's pretty interesting. - We live in a place that these people wanna come to and see, and it's just our home. - [Anna] I'm Anna. - I'm Damien and I work on vintage Airstreams full-time. The reason I moved here was to be outdoors and ski and bike. We have so many mountain bike trails and hiking trails and just mountains, you know, not that far away. So that's the part of the culture here that I've been most ingrained in. - Bend is a pretty special place and I would say anyone that lives here feels that way. We thought it'd be cool to have an Airstream. We found one pretty quickly. - The Airstream only cost us $1,000 and then we spent about 15 months renovating it and probably an additional $30,000. - It became pretty fun when we started to see it transform, which honestly, was probably just putting the floors down and painting the walls. - My favorite things are generally mechanical, so to learn new things, electrical, plumbing, figure it all out and then have it all work at the end, that was pretty exciting. - [Anna] We started receiving messages from people just saying, "Hey, we love what you've done. "Do you do this for other people?" - [Damien] So we bought another one to renovate it, to sell it and from there, I'd say it kinda snowballed and now we're booked out. - They're pricey projects and it's a big commitment, but I think it kind of speaks to the lifestyle that people in Bend want to live. - [Damien] We could pretty much do this anywhere we want, but I'm really happy I'm doing it here. - [Anna] Travis, why are you in Bend? - I moved here in 1992, right out of high school and I'm still here cause I still dig it. My name is Travis Yamata. I build surfboards and I'm from Bend, Oregon. Here in Bend, there are these irrigation canals and about 15 years ago or so I found out about people going out there and surfing, so I had to go check it out. Tried it, it was really challenging and went back a few more times and then I was like hooked. I've bought and sold a bunch of crappy surfboards and broke some along the way and I figured out that I really enjoyed working with my hands. I always have and it kinda got my wheels turning thinking that man, I'd like to build my own surfboards. I'm not trying to recreate the wheel. Surfboard shapers have really refined the surfboard over the years. So the challenge for me is to take what's been proven and scale it to fit our little river wave. And now that I'm building boards for other people, it's to make that board and scale that for the person that's on it, their ability and their size. It's pretty cool cause these little boards work. What makes Bend feel like home to me is it has everything that I like to do right here. I like to be outside. I like to snowboard and in the summer I like skateboarding. And now I get to surf right here in town instead of having to drive three and a half hours to the beach. - [Damien] A surprising number of my endurance athlete friends have taken up surfing at the wave. - I've noticed that to and I think that's because they're those guys. They like to have a new thing and be totally in. - Also you're not competing here. I mean I feel like a lot of other sports... - Give it some time. - My first couple of experiences surfing didn't go over so well, so... something, I never picked up. Yeah. My name's Joe Kim. I live in Bend, Oregon. I'm the chef and one of the owners at a restaurant called 5 Fusion. We kind of specialize in fusion cuisine, a lot of raw cuisine, sushi and experimental cuisine. Something that people will call molecular gastronomy. My mother was having some health problems and that's why I came back to Central Oregon and this was just kind of my part-time job to keep me busy and the original owners of the restaurant... She's about the same age as my mother and has a son that's like six days younger than me and so she kind of took on that motherly role and really kind of worked hard to keep me here. And then also, I did kinda fall back in love with Central Oregon and the familial side of things. Feeling like you're exposing someone that you know to something that you love or that's part of your culture. So just that sense of accomplishment. I think, you know, to be a good chef it kind of takes up your entire life and it is somewhat of an obsession, and you go home and you read cookbooks at night and you get up in the morning and you go see what you can find for the day, or you know, read books on obscure ingredients, you know, and it's just this constant part of your life, trying to do something different than what you did yesterday, trying to do something better than what you did yesterday and then you just kinda get lost in the experience. This is Wagyu Beef, potato puree, Brussels sprouts, and Diablo Rolls. So that's tuna, shiso, avocado, topped with salmon and hamachi. And then that's a black truffle risotto. - Beautiful. Thank you very much Joe. - Absolutely. Thank you. Thank you for coming. I think growing up here, you know, really makes it feel like home cause I still have that connection with, you know, childhood and adolescence. The more I traveled, the more I appreciated Bend. It's grown a lot and it's a good place to be. - [Anna] One of the things that draws me here is a, the West Coast mentality, and b, how easy it is to go out and do fun things and explore nature and kinda feel like you're a wanderlust spirit in a place that has so much to offer and such easy access to all these amazing places. - Here's to you, cooking this beautiful meal - Cheers. - [Joe] Thank you, thanks for being here. - [Damien] We gonna be able to get everybody here? - [Travis] Yeah, we can make this happen. - [Damien] Bend is such a small community, but it's got a little bit of everything. I'm really happy I'm here.

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