Did you know Route 66 winds its way right through Southern Oregon? It was such a wonderful Autumn Day, with temperatures in the high 70's. We were chomping at the bit to get out of the house and enjoy this day. What better destination to have than no destination at all? Having communicated earlier in the week with Diarmuid McGuire, owner of the Green Springs Inn located about 10 miles South of Ashland Oregon (the McGuires are back!), we thought we would start our meanderings in that direction, and head down Route 66 to see what Fall Foliage we might experience along the way.
The scrub oak are presenting their fabulous colors, coating entire hillsides with their rusty color palate.
The groves of birch trees we found after looping out around Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Lake made a brilliant splash of yellow against the vibrant green of their evergreen backdrop.
Looping back around Dead Indian Memorial, SR 37 and Highway 140 gave us our chance to bid our Summer playground adieu, while preparing ourselves for the different color palate we'll see when this playground becomes our Winter playground within the next couple of months.
This area sees a fair amount of snow each year, but the main roads are kept clear of snow leaving all our favorite spots accessible to us year round. Howard Prairie Lake Resort's season runs April 15 - October 15, but the rest of the area is open during the winter. We plan to make it to Table Mountain Winter Play Area for sledding, with lunch and hot cocoa afterward at either Hyatt Lake Resort's restaurant or at Green Springs Inn.
If the temperatures are cold enough this winter to freeze this section of the Howard Prairie Lake, we just might try snow shoeing from Camp Apserkaha over to Buck Island, which is one of our favorite places to anchor our boat off of when we sleep out under the stars in the Summer time.
We so love living and working in Southern Oregon!
See you out there!
Karen Cooper - OR/CA Mortgage Consultant - www.Quality4Loans