Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Sunny and Bright on Mt Ashland
Yesterday, was a perfect day for frolicking in the snow on Mt Ashland. Locals and visitors alike were out on the mountain downhill/Nordic skiing, boarding and snowshoeing, taking in the sunshine and the views of the Siskiyou and Cascades.
The best kept secret in southern Oregon, if it’s not raining, we have sunshine! Now that might seem like a dumb thing to say, especially if you’re from California. But in places further north starting, say Eugene, no rain can still mean a gray sunless dreary day — for what seems like months on end. But not here in the Rouge Valley!
Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend
Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Club is hosting its “annual” ski weekend at Mt. Shasta.
Save the weekend of January 11-13, 2013. Edgar & Karen are planning the somewhat annual Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend with details to come.
The traditional Mt. Shasta weekend can be a full 3-day outing or a one-day event. Your choice, with the big “wine and cheese” after ski gathering and dinner on Saturday January 12th.
While past Mt. Shasta events have been postponed or canceled because of too much snow, or too little snow, we are planning, or at least wishing, for a Mama Bear amount of snow this season.
Check with Edgar & Karen Hee 541 734-4872, for information and details.
Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Holiday Party!
December 22nd, 10AM, at Lake of the Woods
Bring your skis or snowshoes; and come ready to play! All levels welcome.
Meet at Lake of the Woods Resort Marina at 10:00 a.m.
- Beginner lesson by Michael Dawkins
- Novice ski outing by Stefanie Ferrara
- Snowshoe outing by Marian Crumme
- Intermediate outing by Ron Gardner
After a day of skiing, meet up at the Marina between 2:00-3:00 p.m. The club will provide the pizza’s from the Marina grill. Fresh baked cookies from home would be welcome.
There will be a ski related/white elephant gift exchange if you want to participate. This event is hosted by Stefanie and she can be reached at 541-890-2979.
Carpool options from Ashland and Medford, details to follow. The Grants Pass Nordic Club will be joining us.