A Glorious Sunday Drive On Route 66

Mortgage and Lending with Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas NMLS 223305

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.

    Green Springs Mountain scrub oak displaying fall colors

The scrub oak are presenting their fabulous colors, coating entire hillsides with their rusty color palate.

   Near Hyatt Lake, Ashland Oregon

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.

   Near Hyatt Lake, Ashland Oregon

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. 

  Near Hyatt Lake, Ashland Oregon

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

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Comments (5)



Who wouldn't want to move to Oregon after seeing these pictures, GORGEOUS!!!

I hope you guys didn't stay in that tent???  LOL

Oct 27, 2008 07:57 AM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography


I love the fall colors of Birch and Aspen, thanks for sharing your beautiful fall images with us.

Oct 27, 2008 10:21 AM
Krista L. Walker
Coldwell Banker Pro West - Medford, OR
Oregon- Homes & Real Estate for Sale

great pics.  makes me want to leave work to look at leaves.

Oct 28, 2008 11:51 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


What a beautiful drive that must have been!  The autumn colors in the trees are one of my favorite seasonal changes.  Thanks for sharing these great pic's!

Oct 28, 2008 11:57 AM
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Lenore- There are some great places to stay in this area, from cabins to RV/tent campgrounds. That tent is on private property, but don't put it past us - we've yet to experience sleeping in a teepee, so the day might just come!

Bryant - I love to see the quaking aspens in the Summer on the East slope of the Sierra Nevadas off Hwy 395. The yellows on the green backdrop in our neck of the woods is splendid, too, though.

Krista - Leave to do some leaving? ;->

Michelle - We have areas where we can see the reds, too. We'll have to try to find those on our next drive.

Thanks to you all for commenting.

Oct 29, 2008 06:25 AM

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