Inspiring movement: stories of wellness from Oregon trails


Explore Southern Oregon's breathtaking landscapes featured in the Asante Move to Wellness Campaign. From peaceful lakes to challenging trails, Oregon's beauty invites us to get active. Find your next adventure and embrace the beauty of the outdoors.

As we conclude the second month of the Asante Move to Wellness Campaign, we wanted to take a moment to feature extraordinary locations shared with us by our participants. 

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Steve Ryan, whose stunning image of Hershberger Lookout in Prospect, Oregon, graces our header for this feature. This breathtaking view sets the stage for the stories of adventure and personal triumph we’re sharing with you today. 

From overcoming fears on suspension bridges to paddling serene lakes, our participants are thriving. They’ve captured these moments, offering you a brief glimpse into their experiences. Who knows? You might find inspiration for your next adventure to get outside and move your body. 

Crissi and McKenna hiking Wagner Butte trail 

Crissi and McKenna on a walk

McKenna and I on the Wagner Butte trail yesterday!” – Crissi Blower

Ready to follow in Crissi Blower and McKenna Britton’s footsteps? Embark on a journey to 7,000 feet for breathtaking views, wildflower meadows and a dash of mystery at an old lookout site. Whether you’re an avid hiker or looking for a new experience, this walk is sure to delight. More info here.

Lindsey on Wood River

Lindsey on Wood River

“Paddle boarding Wood River! “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Chinese Proverb” – Lindsey Summer

Inspired by Lindsey Summer’s adventure near Chiloquin, Oregon? Grab your picnic, camera and kayak, and explore Wood River Day Use Area. Whether you want to photograph eagles, fish for trout or paddle the peaceful river, the area offers something for everyone. With BBQs, trails and sweeping mountain views, adventure awaits. More info here.

Arlene conquering heights

Arlene on Drift Creek suspension bridge

“Conquering my height fear at Drift Creek suspension bridge.” – Arlene Toolas-Villeneuve

Want to challenge yourself like Arlene Toolas-Villeneuve near Otis, Oregon? Lace-up your boots and grab your pet’s leash for a 3.1-mile trail adventure. Known for birdwatching, hiking and running, this moderately challenging trail delights visitors year-round. With an average completion time of 1 hour and 26 minutes, it offers a rewarding experience for all. More details here.

Stephani kayaking Fish Lake

Stephani kayaking on Fish Lake


“Kayaking Fish Lake living my best life!!” – Stephani Rae

Inspired by Stephani Rae’s adventure? Pack your fishing rod and hiking boots for a retreat at this scenic campground near Fish Lake. Nestled amid old-growth forest, with access to renowned trails like the Pacific Crest and Mt. McLoughlin, the location invites exploration. Whether kayaking like Stephani, fishing or hiking, there’s an abundance of opportunities to embrace the outdoors. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, or visit Fish Lake Resort for more amenities. More info here. 

Your next adventure

As part of the Move to Wellness campaign, we’ve celebrated people exploring their passions and embracing the beauty of the outdoors. From hiking challenging trails to kayaking serene lakes, these stories from our community showcase the diverse and breathtaking landscapes of Oregon. Whether you’re drawn to the excitement of the mountains or the peace of a lakeside retreat, there’s inspiration to be found in each of these adventures. Let these experiences spark your imagination and perhaps lead you on a journey to discover your own path to wellness and unforgettable adventure. 


Disclaimer: Please note that outdoor activities, especially in remote locations, require careful planning and consideration. If you’re new to an activity, consider going with an experienced companion who knows what they are doing. Always call ahead to ensure the location and amenities are available and that conditions are safe for your planned activities. Be sure to pack appropriate gear, consult local guidelines and have a clear plan in place, including emergency contacts. Safety and preparation are paramount; your adventure should be enjoyable but also thought-out and responsible. Explore with care!

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