We started our week off right with happy hour at Caldera Brewing, just a couple miles down the road from the county park.
|Tasty brews at Caldera!
Lithia Park is always on our "must see" list when we visit Ashland. We just missed a riot of rhododendron blooms, but the creek and the gorgeous plantings in this 100 acre park are always a delight. The park is especially stunning in the fall.
|Not even a cold, wet morning could keep us away from Lithia Park.
|So many lovely scenes in the Japanese Garden.
|Many of the forests in SW Oregon are full of madrone trees and lots of poison oak.
This particular Madrone was the largest we've ever seen!
|Jacksonville is a historic tourist town, with some beautiful old buildings and a variety of nice shops to browse.
|Historic Jacksonville, OR.
|I think this is the largest mushroom we've ever seen!
|This beauty posed just for us!
|Living yard art.
Our most interesting hike of the week was a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starting at Little Hyatt Reservoir about 15 miles from our RV park, we hiked south on the PCT and added on the Green Springs Mountain Loop for a total of about 7 miles (map). The route took us through forests of pine and oak with scatterings of spring flowers and a couple of incredible view sites.
|On the PCT bridge over Keene Creek as it leaves Little Hyatt Reservoir.
|The forest was full of spring flowers including masses of these sweet little beauties.
|Though most of the trail was through lush forest, a couple of times we broke out to long distance views of Mt Ashland, and Emigrant Lake.
|There were some really exquisite flowers blooming at this time of year!
|On the drive home we had an exceptional view of 9,495 ft tall Mt McLoughlin over Hyatt Prairie Reservoir.
We've moved on to Myrtle Creek for a month of family time on the banks of the South Umpqua River.
|Our back yard view for the next month.