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Island Night in Ashland Oregon


Island Night, a Tropical Party at Daniel Meyer Pool

Island Night

Island Night in Ashland

Aloha!  Come to a tropical island themed pool party — “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind”.

Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Daniel Meyer Pool! 

Enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing and fun activities for all ages!

A free community Hula dance workshop will be offered for anyone wanting to learn the beautiful moves of Hawaiian dance.

More information go to the City’s website.

Daniel Meyer Pool, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park at 1705 Homes Ave in Ashland.

The pool will be open through September, 6, 2014. The pool offers Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI)® swim lessons, private lessons, swim team camps and Starguard® lifeguard certification. View complete information on pool activities and classes.  The pool can be reached directly at 541.488.0313.

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July 12th, 2014

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2014 Applegate Lavender Tour


Applegate Lavender Tour Festival, 2014

The Applegate lavender tour comprised of farms and nurseries will be inviting the public to visit, pick, and buy lavender-based products while their lavender is in bloom. Some farms are not open to the public at any other time in the year.

Applegate Lavender Tour

Applegate Lavender Tour

 

Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel through Oregon’s pastoral countryside to each destination.

Each location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and vendors, so be sure to visit the Lavender-festival page to help you decide which locations to visit. Entry to each location is free.

 

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July 3rd, 2014

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Bear Creek Greenway Makes USA Today List


Bear Creek Greenway in USA Today “15 Fantastic US Bike Trails”

Among several other experts, Katie Rosenbrock, who writes for TheActiveTimes.com compiled a list of 15 must-ride bike paths within the U.S., making sure to include something suitable for riders of all levels and interests.

Bear Creek Greenway,  which you can get onto in just a hop, skip and jump from the Chanticleer Inn, runs from Ashland to Central Point.  The Bear Creek Greenway follows the creek — yes you guessed it the Bear Creek — runs north-ish all the way to where it joins the Rogue River.

While I don’t bike, I recommend this trail because my friend Jim reports that the bike trail is very good, well maintained, wide, without much change in elevation.  It goes through riparian corridors with lots of birds to see and hear.  You might also spy a few river otters, nutria, and beavers.  Some of the Bear Creek Greenway runs along side vineyards and provides lovely views of both the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains.

Go here for the article

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June 18th, 2014

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Upper Table Rock, it’s spring!


Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford.  You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley.

There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley.  Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails.

It’s that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping.  Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering.  Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out.  With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!

 

 

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March 17th, 2014

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First Annual Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland


On the Mountain Bird Festival's 'target' list, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. Photo by David Hodkinson

The beautiful Mountain Bluebird is on the festival’s target list. Photo by David Hodkinson

Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory

Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014

Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.

Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.

Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.

Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.

The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of  Ashland, Oregon.  The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.

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March 15th, 2014

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Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic — March 9


The Ashland Fly Shop: a Spey Clinic at Touvelle Park

Ashland Fly Shop has invited back George Cook, a Sage Sales Rep. on March 9 2014 to conduct a Spey Clinic.

Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic

Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic

George is a gifted caster and an entertaining teacher. His approach to casting while technical, is very practical and experienced based.

The class will focus on sink-tip fishing with Skagit lines and the appropriate casts to accommodate sink-tip fishing, like the double spey and Snap-T family of casts.

All skill levels are welcome. If you have a spey rod, bring it. We can evaluate your rod/line set-up and make sure it is well matched and properly rigged. If not, there will be plenty Sage and Redington rods to use.
When: Sunday, March 9, 9am to 2pm
Where: Tou Velle Park
Cost: $100
How to Pay: Call the Ashland Fly Shop  (541) 488‑6454, stop by,
or purchase online. Class size is limited to 10.   Be prepared for winter weather, bring a lunch/snacks/drinks if necessary

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February 20th, 2014

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Walk or bike Crater Lake E. Rim Dr. June 22 & 23


THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Crater Lake’s East Rim Drive Opens for Non-Motorized Recreation

June 22 and 23, 2013 East Rim Drive circling Crater Lake will be open to non-motorized traffic only.  Early snow melt allows the park to offer this rare opportunity to enjoy Crater Lake at a slower and quieter pace for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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June 20th, 2013

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Grizzly Peak: so many flowers and more to come!


On Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Onion

On Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Onion

Hiking Grizzly Peak

One of my all time favorite hikes is up on Grizzly Peak.  Northeast of Ashland, Grizzly Peak is the tallest peak viewable from the Chanticleer Inn.

This hike affords great sweeping views: From the car park view Mt. McLoughlin and on a clear day the peaks surrounding Crater Lake. Then from the trail, the entire Rogue and Bear Creek Valleys. Further west and south on the trail you can see Mt. Ashland, Emigrant Lake, Pilot Rock and Mt. Shasta.

The trail is about fairly easy, 5 miles round trip, some elevation gain but not at all difficult. Directions to the trail head.

The Flowers of Grizzly Peak are best part!

From spring to late summer, the flowers are too many to count and each kind is wonderful.  Trail runs through forest, meadows and rocky outcrops: each area is packed with a variety of flowers.  The blooms rotate through the entire season. One can hike Grizzly Peak every two weeks and see different bouquets.

Indian paintbrush Grizzly Peak

 

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June 19th, 2013

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Spring flowers at Emigrant Lake


bed and breakfast ashland oregon

Purple-eyed Grass at Emigrant Lake

Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon, hike the hills and marvel at the spring flowers

The early spring flowers are blooming on the valley floor.  They look so delicate and sweet.  In reality they are hardy perennials.

Picture here is Purple-eyed Grass. At the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon, the related Blue-eyed Grass is abound in the south facing flower beds.

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March 25th, 2013

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Southern Oregon Lavender Loop


Introducing  Southern Oregon Lavender Loop!

At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few “Lavender Ladies”.  They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn’t a fluke, go back for seconds — err o.k. thirds.

In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley.  I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public.  What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields!

July 12–14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For specific information about the individual lavender farms, and a map of the Applegate go to the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop’s Facebook page. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley

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March 11th, 2013

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