You've decided to paint the bedroom. You want green. You got to Lowes to find that perfect green. And find there are dozens of options. Where did the paint-color people come up with all these different greens?
They came to Ashland, Oregon, in the Spring!
Our drive north on I-5 Tuesday is under cloudy skies, but we don't get much rain, and there's no snow going over the Siskiyou Range. Other than missing Mt. Shasta, it is a beautiful trip.
Wonderful to see Lake Shasta so full after the last visit in 2014 when it was half empty!
Not long after crossing into Oregon (yay!) we drop down the steep hill into Ashland. And there are all those greens, magically displayed from lush meadows to tree-covered mountains.
Several weeks ago I found out we were going to miss meeting up with Laurel and Eric, as they would be leaving their hometown of Ashland to return to the road the week before we arrived - bummer :-(
Then a few days ago I heard from Laurel, and not only were they still going to be here - they are our neighbors at Emigrant Lake Recreation Area!! What wonderful serendipity.
We have the best neighbors, and we have a perfect view of the lake from our spacious site. We also have FHUs with 50 amp on a nice, level asphalt pad. This is high on the list of our favorite parks.
|Part of our sweet view - we can see a lot of the lake.|
|Plenty of room.|
|Bill and Eric enjoying the lake.|
Nearly a hundred acres, this city park is spectacular. Not only lots of those greens, but pink and red and white Rhododendrons and Azaleas, deep orange Japanese Maples, bright Dogwoods, and lots of other surprises. Before retiring a few years ago, Eric was a "mucky-muck" who did a lot of work at Lithia Park - so we are especially lucky to have him as tour guide in this magical place.
Ashland Creek rushes through the park, its powerful roar providing a special background to our personal tour. Several people are enjoying the natural beauty here, but there are many places where it's just the five of us (Tessa is impressed too).
|Thanks for the special tour Laurel and Eric!|
The weather is perfect and the views are wonderful. We visit a couple mountain lakes, play among the tall trees, and marvel at the lush meadows.
|Another beautiful drive.|
|Exploring Hyatt Reservoir|
|Piper at Hyatt.|
|Howard Prairie Lake - a nice marina here too.|
|Some more of that stuff.|
|Howard Prairie - one of the prettiest spots we've seen.|
We make a short drive to Medford for the Thursday Farmers' Market where I find some huge organic tomatoes and tiny broccoli sprouts - delish!
Back at the park I vacuum and wipe down Piper - waited too long for this grooming too!
We retrieve Tessa and meet Laurel and Eric at the Co-op where we pick up yummy lunches for a picnic in the park. In Lithia, they lead us to a secluded spot beside the creek, along one of the many wooden bridges. Such a special place!
|All spiffy again!|
|A mountain stroll.|
|The greens become blues.....|
We know that summers can be very hot, and winters very cold, but Ashland checks a lot of boxes for us. Besides the incredible natural beauty all around, the town is the perfect size, there is a wonderful hippie-vibe with lots of art, music and theater, the LGBT community is open and proud (always a good sign of tolerance that we appreciate), and there's several places to fish :-))))
Saturday morning we take our time getting ready as we only have a 60 mile drive. Hugs and good-byes for now with Laurel and Eric - we'll see them the end of July - and we head north.
|For those of you who know Laurel, it's not a surprise that the green is accented with a lot of purple!|