An Afternoon in Ashland
Ashland, Oregon: The weather here is
just so lovely. Really warm. No wind. (Mary and Captain Jim are reporting 104°
in Indio.) After exercising and working, Dave and I drove into pretty Ashland
for lunch and a chance to walk/drive around and check-out the town. Dave had
spent quite a bit of time here his senior year of college (quite a while ago!)
doing a field mapping project for a class. He has a lot of fun stories that I
will have to share one day
because Dave does not have a blog.
First stop was lunch. We walked around until we found a place that looked
Taphouse is upstairs in one of the old buildings across from the entrance to
Lithia Park. Set in a group of different rooms, we found a table facing the
street below and ordered adult beverages.
Granite Taphouse - Ashland, Oregon
Day Drinking: Perfect Margarita
This is a very focused photo of the tip of a steak knife
We split a burger (organic, grassfed) and
After all that grub, we needed a walk, so headed up Main Street (where we dined
last evening) to see the shops and poke our heads into the Visitor Center and
Oregon Shakespeare Festival office. The town is ridiculously cute. With all the
culture, natural beauty, outdoor activities, art, theater, Southern Oregon
University and great restaurants - Ashland is a very popular retirement
Pretty Ashland building, and "Street Scene" by Marion L.
Spring water bubbles up around Ashland from Pompadour
Chief Springs, four miles from downtown. It has a bad
odor and a terrible taste, and as the above sign reads,
the water contains elevated levels of barium and daily
consumption is not recommended. These facts have not
stopped citizens in the past from trying to pump the
water into spa baths (the high mineral content corroded
the pipes very quickly and that idea was abandoned) or
bottling the water to sell (it tastes awful, so
that genius business plan also went bust). Yet, it
bubbles up in various fountains around town and I
watched nearly everyone passing by lean over and take a
slurp - like it was a magic potion. Your
correspondent took one for the team. Horrid stuff.
The best part of our afternoon was the two hours we spent in
shady 93-acre Lithia Park, along a path following Lithia Creek, so named for
the high lithia content in the water. The creek's headwaters are nine miles
south of town, flows through town (serves as the city water supply) and into
the Rogue River.
I took way too many photos in the park this afternoon, but the rhododendrons
and azaleas were in full bloom and just fantastic to see. Enjoy.
Rhododendrons and the creek
I made a little video of the pretty
creek. Take 35 seconds to relax and listen to the sound
of the babbling water.
Path in Lithia Park
Gorgeous purple-throated Rhododendron
DT performing in the park's bandstand
We had such a great afternoon in
Ashland! What a fun little town.
After eating so much (and eating too much meat!), we
stayed in and enjoyed Gina's salad greens for dinner.
Until my next update, I remain, your thirsty 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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