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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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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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Ashland’s B&B Network Video


Many of you might know that last year I was working on a video project for the Ashland’s Bed and Breakfast Network.  In June 2012, we obtained a grant from the City of Ashland to produce a travel video.  We are very pleased with the work JOMA films did for us!  Hope you enjoy.

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Wildflowers on Jacksonville Woodlands Trail


A Vine found on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

An orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) vine found on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

A Day Trip on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

Yesterday, friends and I spent an afternoon in Jacksonville.  This is my first time exploring the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system — loved it!

Jacksonville, a darling historic town, is less than 30 minutes from Ashland.  Each time I visit it seems to get better.

The shops are fun to poke around in, but in deference to my [male] friend, instead of antique, toy, and cooking shops, we went for a quick hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system.

The trails switch back and forth above the Britt Festival.  Any number of trail heads are easily accessed near downtown. The hillside is full of native Madrones, Oaks, and lots of little native wildflowers. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers. The trail is well shaded and would be a great respite from the summer heat.

On the Jacksonville Woodlands trail a Triteleia ixioide in the Lily family, its common names are Golden Brodiaea and Pretty Face.

Triteleia ixioide in the Lily family, its common names are Golden Brodiaea and Pretty Face.

Increasingly there are wine tasting rooms cropping up in downtown proper … recommended by many is Quady North on California St.

One of my favorite eateries is C St. Bistro (closed Sundays).

 

 

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Shade Garden, it is finally flourishing


Shade Garden sans Deer!

Shade Garden behind the Jardin room

Shade Garden with hostas and ferns behind the Jardin room

This is the third growing season without constant deer predation, finally the shade garden plants are bravely leafing out!

In the past the poor hosta never had two leaves at a time, the deer nibbled the leaves off as fast as the hosta would produce them.  I always had a vision of what this section of the garden would look like and now it’s beginning to come to fruition (or is that leaftion?)

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In Chautauqua Square, not your usual street dudes!


Ashland’s Chautauqua Square on the corner of Main and Pioneer was abuzz with a different and refreshing look this afternoon.

A gang of tuxedo’ed young men were rambunctiously and cheerfully hanging out late this afternoon in Chautauqua Square —  displacing the usual scruffy panhandling denizens.

Groomsmen hanging out on the Chautauqua Square

Groomsmen hanging out on the Chautauqua Square

While walking by, I complimented them on their “upgraded” look.  One apparently felt obligated to panhandle and asked if he could bum a cigarette.  They all happily lined up for me to take their photo!

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Late Spring in the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast Garden


A Bed and Breakfast Garden

I love this time of the year in the Chanticleer Inn bed and breakfast garden.

Rhodies in the north part of the bed and breakfast garden

Rhodies in the north part of the bed and breakfast garden

The “rhodies”, dogwood, lupine, Japanese irises, and poppies are all blooming!
Late spring in this bed and breakfast garden doesn’t last long, but it does make lasting memories.

Bed & Breakfast Garden

Pink Dogwood in the Front Yard

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The Illusion” SOU Theater, May-June


The Illusion

by Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner  at the Center Square Theatre

Award winning playwright Tony Kushner creates “The Illusion”  lush layers of illusion in this tale of a father seeking the help of a magician in his search for his long-banished son. Based loosely on L’Illusion Comique written by Pierre Corneille in 1636, the play is filled with conjured visions, unlikely transformations and unexpected twists of time and fate.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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Avenue Q” at SOU Theater May — June


Avenue Q
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty at the Center Stage Theatre

The 2004 winner of Tony’s triple crown of Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q is a coming-of-age comedy where the real world defines the facts of life. Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers move over as eleven wacky puppets and three humans enact this zany, all too real, insightful extravaganza. Intended for mature audiences.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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Music Ashland Oregon Ellis Paul Singer-Songwriter 5/3/12


Eclectic Music Ashland Oregon

Ellis Paul
Singer/Songwriter

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Ellis Paul plays live music Ashland Oregon

Ellis Paul plays live music Ashland Oregon, he could be the most mainstream-friendly folk songwriter to emerge from Boston since Tom Rush. He has won an unprecedented 14 Boston Music Awards, sung at Fenway Park for the Red Sox, The Boston Garden for the Celtics and even had the mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, proclaim it “Ellis Paul Day in Boston” on July 9th, 2010 when Ellis celebrated his 20th year in making music.

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