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Tualatin’s 12th annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta 
Held at Tualatin Lake of the Commons, it was a contest that tested the mettle of both paddlers and pumpkins. The Oregonian has the details, and photos, of the silliness: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/10/paddle_pumpkins_to_victory_in.html#incart_river

Island Camping at Summit Lake 
Zach Urness at the Statesman Journal did a nice piece, with striking photos, on paddle-in camping at Summit Lake: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/longform/travel/outdoors/2015/09/29/island-camping-summit-lake-deschutes-national-forest-diamond-peak/73003356/

Bend Whitewater Park Closed to 2016 
Bend’s new, man-made, and apparently popular whitewater course will be closed for the rest of the year, to facilitate further development, as reported by Bend Parks and Recreation: http://bendparksandrec.org/bend-whitewater-park/

Learn to Row Like a Venetian 
You too, it would seem, can learn to glide your gondola down the canals of Venice with a native’s deft hand. If you’re looking for such a special experience, the Smithsonian can advise you: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/navigating-venice-city-of-water-voga-veneta-180956872/