Artsy in Ashland
Ashland, Oregon: As I said
yesterday, we are going to take a few days off from our northerly journey to
explore an area we have not visited in years. Sixteen years to be exact. However
our schedule is not on our usual lackadaisical theme. Every moment is planned
around DT's conference call schedule.
We left Corning early, pointed the Magna Peregrinus north on I-5, and
only stopped once to split a sandwich at noon.
Though snapped through the windscreen at 55mph, it is easy to
see Lake Shasta is FULL! Yeah! It has been years since we have seen the lake at
this level. (Click
here to learn about Shasta Lake levels - very interesting.)
After crossing the Oregon border, we continued to exit 24 and are camped in a RV
pretty Bear Creek (north flowing!) in Phoenix, Oregon. Though not exactly the
Motorcoach Country Club, we have a level paved site and all the life-support
systems required of a massive motorhome.
Looking down Bear Creek
Looking up Bear Creek - very pretty
While Dave was on his second phone call, I Facetimed (video
chatted on my phone) with the kids in Los Angeles. I carried my phone over to
the creek and showed Leo and Lucy the pretty vista and then Leo wanted to sing a
song for me. He sang It's a Small World, which unfortunately, as we all
know, just gets stuck in your little brain for weeks after a visit to
Disneyland. Lisa is nearly beside herself.
Lucy, aged 20 months, counted to 7 today. Harvard!
Between conference calls, I made noise whirling veggies in my little KitchenAid Stick Blender/Chopper thing.
All the tomatoes and basil from our garden, parsley from Gina's garden, onion, garlic,
and pretty-much anything else wilting in my fridge was
pureed, then sauteed, and turned into red sauce.
As long as I was whirling onion, garlic and parsley, I made a batch of
from a pound of grass-fed ground beef. Everything was later frozen and
vacuum-sealed for instant meals later. Spaghetti and Meatballs, anyone?
Dave was finished with his phone calls at 5p. We dolled-up and
headed into the Big City -
- home to the world-famous Oregon
Shakespeare Festival. The little town is very pretty and kept completely
happy with tourism dollars, as the festival runs early spring to late fall.
We had an early dinner reservation at
Lark, in the historic
Springs Hotel. The hotel lobby is just stunning - completely restored to the
original glory and the adjoining Lark restaurant is also a gorgeous room.
Lark grows much of their own food in massive gardens just
outside Ashland. The bartender makes his own bitters and infuses vodka. The
wine list is centered on local wine and beers.
We split the beet salad: roasted red and golden beets,
pickled mushrooms and onion,
farro and micro-arugula - with shaved goat cheese over.
I had Duck Confit - perfectly crispy on the outside and
falling off the bone on the inside - over a swirl of
Oregon Huckleberry jam on one side and a puree of
carrots and ginger on the other.
My Driver ordered the special Lamb Shank with handmade
pappardelle pasta and roasted brusselsprouts.
So fancy! We had a local Italian-style red wine and it was
very nice. Dave and I were so happy with our restaurant choice.
What to do in Ashland at 8p? Take in a play at the Shakespeare Festival, of
We had tickets to see William
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the Angus Bowmer
Theatre. But this Twelfth Night was not the
usual Twelfth Night. No Elizabethan-era
costumes here. This version of the usual
cross-dressing/role-switching love story of
Twelfth Night was set in 1930s Hollywood.
Singing. Dancing. A bit of dialog switching. Sword
fights with calla lilies. During a few scenes, the stage became a film screen
and suddenly turned into a movie. One live scene was performed in slo-motion.
Smart! One character never appeared
without a chilled martini glass in his hand. It was
clever. Bawdy. It was fun, and it ended with a
song-and-(tap) dance number.
What a great night. More exploration tomorrow.
Until my next update, I remain, your artsy correspondent.
RV PARK: Holiday
RV Park - A few sites for big-rigs, best sites are for smaller RVs and
front-in to the pretty creek. Full hookups, free wifi and cable. We paid $40.25
with our Good Sam discount.
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