Taylor is an activity guru in Bend who loves teaching people about playing outside. “Nature speaks more powerfully to me than anything else. Trees whisper to me, mountains paradoxically are both profoundly inspiring and humbling, and rivers sooth my soul. The whole ecosystem seems to breathe together, and knowing that I am as much a part of this majesty as it is a part of me is... well... inspiring.”
An expert snowboard, ski, and yoga instructor, Taylor also rolls Sushi and works as a lead guide for a company that takes autistic your on backcountry adventures. “I first moved to Bend 8 years ago after I fell in love with it over a two-week stay at COCC. It took me about a year to uproot my life in Portland and settle here, and I've been so grateful I moved here ever since.”
Taylor’s highest goal is to raise a family and to support them doing the things that he loves. And Taylor loves teaching. “I love helping others to break down their boundaries of what they think is physically possible for themselves. I mainly do this through the role of teacher, coach, or guide; teaching is the greatest act of service.”
Taylor also loves Bend. “Our backyard is as diverse as it gets when it comes to outdoor recreation. World class snowboarding half an hour to the south, world-class climbing half an hour to the north, and a brand new, state of the art whitewater play park right in the middle of town. Just to the east is open high desert, and just to the west lie luscious Oregon forests. What more could a guy who likes to do it all ask for? Oh yeah, city life; we got that too. Breweries, amazing restaurants, great live music from jam bands at The Amphitheater to EDM DJs at The Capitol, we've got it all.”
Taylor is philosophic about Bend growing. “Cool things can come with Bend’s growth. Since I've been here I've seen a new dance hall for electric dance music open, the whitewater play park be built and rebuilt, a rad pedestrian bridge next to my favorite in-town rapids, and most recently I've played on new terrain and ridden a new chairlift at Mt Bachelor. With growth, these things are possible. We are lucky to live in a place where it is SO EASY to escape the crowds and find solitude outside.”
Thanks to Taylor for a truly inspiring take on the best of Bend!
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Story: Kathy Schroeder