Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ashland, Oregon

My youngest sister has lived in Ashland for more than 20 years. It's a lovely small city nestled up against the mountains in SW Oregon, a few miles from the larger (and not so gorgeous) city of Medford.

Medford has a nice little airport with flights to nearby major cities where other flights can be taken to the rest of the world. It's not exactly isolated, as the I-5 corridor passes between the two towns, but still, it's a bit off the beaten path.

An actor reviewing his lines in Lithia Park....
Except during the summer when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in full swing.

The little town is hopping then, all of the 60+ bed and breakfast establishments are full, and restaurants are packed.

I visited my sister recently, for a couple of days, long after the craziness of summer subsided. We didn't go to a play, we wanted to spend as much time together as possible. But during the one day when she had to work for a while, I wandered about through beautiful Lithia Park and sipped from the lithium laden springs. My mother has often pointed out that the people in Ashland are so laid-back because of the amount of lithium they consume naturally. The rest of us must get a prescription for it!

There are lovely restaurants with outdoor seating next to the gurgling brook, which occasionally turns into a raging river during the winter rains.

I have certainly been to Ashland before, and seen some of the marvelous productions put on by the Festival. The plays are well worth the trip, and the pretty town is a pleasure. But this trip was about family, so enjoy these few snaps of the town and wildlife.