Burning Man! Wednesday night update

Wednesday night update

Back in Los Angeles.
The Aftermath!
We’ve been cleaning for a week!
Everything was so dirty and dusty.
And it doesn’t come off with water, or soap and water….
Everything has to be washed with a distilled white vinegar solution to remove the Playa dust and dirt. It took three days to clean all the crud off my little bike!

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It took a whole day to clean Vanessa (the cargo van). We cleaned it, and then cleaned it again, and then took it and had it washed, and then cleaned it again. Vanessa was returned the next morning cleaner than when we picked her up.

And we’re still doing laundry! We did three days of laundry (clothes, sleeping bags, etc.) and we washed the inner tent and rainfly today, now there’s only the outer tent and a little bedding left and then some stuff we want to re-wash again.

We double bagged all our stuff and still had to clean everything! We had plastic baggies inside bigger baggies, inside trash bags and things still got dusted.

All our metal items (flashlights, cooking stuff, tools, knives, etc. in addition to our bike) had to be cleaned thoroughly because the alkali dust will quickly rust and corrode anything metal.

In addition to cleaning, we’ve been eating good food and sleeping in our nice comfy bed. And spending a lot of time with our three dogs, who really missed us a lot too.

The best thing about Harrah’s in Reno was the Chinese food and the breakfast buffet, in addition to air conditioning, running water, a toilet, a hot shower & bath, clean towels, and a king-size bed to sleep in.

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Post-Playa Pool Party in Reno, Nevada

We’ve laid out and written some of the first Blog, but we’ve been really busy and really tired since returning home. So, hopefully this update will keep you interested in reading more.

We dropped off the three “disposable” cameras we shot of Burning Man today for processing, printing and scanning. Hopefully it will be worth the money and we’ll get some good pics from the cameras. We remember shooting pics of our camp, the Phoenix burning at sunrise, some mutant vehicles, art, fire, and Davina the Dragon. Not sure what else is there, so we want to see the pics too!

So tired, we went to bed.  MORE TO COME SOON!

 

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Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California

Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California

Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon at the Pacific Ocean in Cambria.

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Pacific Ocean View, Big Sur, California (not my pic)

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This Blog was just UPDATED April 9, 2017.

Hearst San Simeon California State Park owns and controls most of the waterfront property along the 20-mile segment of Highway 1 north of Cambria on the Central Coast as well as Hearst Castle and the surrounding land. There are thirteen different beautiful, uncrowded and remote “hidden gem” beaches in northern San Luis Obispo County and southern Monterey County between Cambria and Big Sur.

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

Moonstone Beach is a California State Park and part of Hearst San Simeon State Park. It runs along Moonstone Beach Drive and parallels Highway 1 in Cambria. The shoreline is made up of brown sandy beaches and coves separated by rocky headlands. On the beach, there are a number of natural ocean tide pools filled with marine life, and in the park there are easy hiking trails and an abundance of natural flora and fauna.

NOTE: Dogs are allowed on-leash on the trails and the boardwalk, but not on the beach!

SATURDAY EVENING

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Marine Layer Rolling In Over Cambria and the Pacific Ocean on Saturday Evening

Moonstone Beach was the end of a long road trip from Ashland, Oregon. We left in the morning without a destination and arrived in Cambria at sunset. The marine layer and heavy fog had rolled in as we were coming down Highway 46 from the mountains, so there were gray skies and it was chilly outside the car when we reached the ocean.

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Sunset at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

We parked the car at the Beach next to the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. The marine layer was over the ocean and there was only a thin line of orange on the horizon as the sun went down over the ocean, but it was really beautiful as we watched the sunset.

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Sunset at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

The one and a half mile long boardwalk runs the length of Moonstone Beach along the bluff top and walking it is a great way to experience the beauty of the Pacific Coastline.

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The Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

There is easy access to the sandy beach via stairs down from the bluffs and there are many wooden benches along the Boardwalk to just sit and enjoy the view.

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

As the sun set, we called and found a room was available at the Bluebird Inn. We had a very nice dinner at Robin’s restaurant and went for drinks afterwards at the Cambria Pub and Mozzi’s Saloon and then stayed the night at the motel.

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NOTE: There is not much to do after 9pm in Cambria. There is no real nightlife, except for a few bars and restaurants that stay open late.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

After a good night’s rest and the morning breakfast buffet at the Bluebird Inn, we spent the early part of the day walking around downtown Cambria exploring historical sites and visiting shops and galleries (Read our previous Blogs).

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It was still overcast, so we decided not to drive north to Big Sur. Instead, some time after noon, we walked back to the car at the motel and then drove down to Moonstone Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

SEAGULLS!

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

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Moonstone Beach – Parking Lot and Picnic Area

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SQUIRREL! “Hey, nice marmot!”
They Have No Fear! Please DO NOT feed the wildlife!

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SQUIRREL! No Fear! Please DO NOT feed the wildlife!

This little squirrel tried to “panhandle” us in the parking lot!
It came right up (not even 3 feet away) and posed for these pictures exhibiting little fear of people and obviously looking for some food from the tourists…
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Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, consisting of small or medium-size rodents. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs.

That word “squirrel” first specified in 1327, comes from the Anglo-Norman esquirel which is from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus. This Latin word was borrowed from the Ancient Greek word σκίουρος, skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy appendage possessed by many of its members.

The California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi), is a common and easily observed ground squirrel of the western United States and the Baja California Peninsula. “Beechey’s Marmot” (named after Frederick William Beechey, an early 19th-century British explorer and naval officer) is common in Oregon and California and its range has relatively recently extended into Washington and northwestern Nevada.

California ground squirrels live in burrows which they excavate themselves. Some burrows are occupied communally but each individual squirrel has its own entrance. They readily become tame in areas used by humans and quickly learn to take food left or offered by people. They spend most of their time within 82 feet of their burrow and rarely go further than 160 feet from it. The squirrel’s fur contains a mixture of gray, light brown and dusky hairs; the underside is lighter, buff or grayish yellow. The fur around the eyes is whitish and around the ears is black. Head and body are about 12 inches long and the bushy tail an additional 6 inches.

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Squirrel! No Fear! Please don’t feed the wildlife!

 

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Highway 1 IS CLOSED! Pacific Coast Highway from Cambria to Big Sur!

 

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HIGHWAY 1 NEAR BIG SUR IS CLOSED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE!

There are currently temporary closures on Highway 1 after winter storms damaged the coastal road again. The highway north of Big Sur has reopened but a full closure due to landslides (Paul’s Slide) near the town of Lucia will continue for at least four to six more weeks. The highway continues to deteriorate at Mud Creek near the town of Gorda as slide activity continues. It is currently closed there and it is also closed at Ragged Point, 24 miles north of Cambria. They remain closed to travelers according to Caltrans as of April 4, 2017. Caltrans completed demolition on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge just south of Big Sur Station on March 20 after the bridge failed in mid-February and is planning to build a replacement bridge. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, the only road that cuts through the Santa Lucia Mountains from Highway 101 and allows access to Big Sur, reopened in late March.

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Big Creek Bridge and Cove – Big Sur, California (not my pic)

Moonstone Beach at Hearst San Simeon State Park
6216 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA
Free parking along Moonstone Beach Drive and in the park parking lot.
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Pacific Ocean at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

 

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California


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Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

Our first night in Ashland, we had the fine idea to drive up to Medford (only about 20 minutes north on the 5 freeway) to the Texas Roadhouse BBQ for a big dinner.

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Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

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Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

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Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

The first thing you’ll notice about the Texas Roadhouse BBQ is the decor. Lots of wood, brick, neon beer signs, farm and western chotckes, and more wood.

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“New Country Rock” on the Jukebox at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ

The second thing you’ll notice is the noise… it’s very loud inside! The place is always busy and full of people. The hard wood surfaces and concrete floor amplify the noise and they play LOUD “New Country” music throughout the restaurant.

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Shelled Peanuts at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

On The Menu: BBQ baby back pork ribs, bone-in ribeye steak with fries, side of chili, dinner salad, bread & butter, salted shelled peanuts and a coke.

 

The food was good. The steak was done right. They boil their ribs and they boiled these a long time. If you like boiled BBQ ribs you’ll probably like theirs. The portions are large, there are lots of side items to choose from, and it’s good “country music” time. If you don’t like loud country music, best to find another restaurant. It’s a good concept and the waitstaff will keep on dancing for your enjoyment!

Texas Roadhouse BBQMedford, OR

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Moosehead mounted over the front doors…

Reflections of a roadtrip on ThrowbackThursday!

Reflections of a roadtrip on ThrowbackThursday!

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It’s a MILESTONE! When we started this Blog in February 2013 we wondered how long it would take to reach the milestone numbers. We have finally reached 25000, without any paid promotion or heavy marketing. In fact, beyond our facebook and Twitter posts, we have let our Blog grow organically without hype and have attracted loyal readers from around the world!

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Sunday 24 April 2016 is the day we hit 25000 Hits on our Blog!!!!!

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Road Trip! Ashland Oregon! Cambria California!

Road Trip to Oregon!

Ashland Oregon! The Oregon Shakespeare Festival!
With A Side Trip To Cambria California!

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon

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Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates

Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon!
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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016

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Disney Stuff!

Vista Point – Benecia, California (exit Lake Herman Rd on the 680 freeway)
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Vista Point at Benecia, California

Saturday Night at The Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria
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Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria, California

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Sweet Offerings Candy & Fudge

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Seagulls! Moonstone Beach State Park – Cambria
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Seagulls! Moonstone State Beach in Cambria California

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Smokin Deals Custom Glass & More (Smoke Shop) in Ashland

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Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

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Roadtrip to Oregon!

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Spent the week in Ashland, Oregon on the ranch. Saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ate, drank, shopped and had a great time away from Los Angeles!

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The View From The Green Room On The Ranch in Ashland Oregon

And we stopped overnight in Cambria, California on the way home. Saw the Saturday sunset over the Pacific Ocean, stayed at the Bluebird Inn Motel, had dinner and drinks, spent Sunday visiting Cambria and the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone State Beach.

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Saturday Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

And now we are back home in Los Angeles to tell the story!

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon Spring 2016

We traveled to Ashland, Oregon and back. We left Monday evening after dark at 9pm and drove the 5 freeway all night. It’s about 770 miles from Los Angeles to Ashland and we did it in about 9-1/2 hours.

Going over the Tejon Pass just out of Los Angeles, there was rain, sleet, snow and hail blowing sideways directly into the front of the cars climbing the grade. It wasn’t quite a “whiteout”, but it was unexpected and caused a little delay due to slowing traffic and bad conditions. Luckily, it didn’t last that long and coming down the Grapevine was a nice leisurely cruise.

We fueled up in Valencia (9:15pm) as we left Los Angeles, and stopped for gas in Santa Nella (12:15am) and Corning (3:30am), California along the 5 freeway to Ashland, Oregon.

Arriving in Ashland, Oregon (6:30am) before sunrise on Tuesday morning, we stopped for a big Breakfast at the Breadboard Restaurant (opens at 7am).

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On the Menu: Country fried steak, 2 eggs over easy (we asked for over medium), potato “homers” home fries, toast & jam, and 3 cups of coffee. Great way to start the day!

GOOD MORNING ASHLAND, OREGON!

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Entrance to Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Outdoor Theatre on the hill behind the trees

We went over Lithia Park for a morning walk after breakfast, but it was too cold by Ashland Creek for this Southern California boy on Tuesday morning.

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Cold Tuesday Morning at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

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Historic Ashland Springs Hotel on Main Street in Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Morning – The View of the Rogue Valley From The Ranch

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Tuesday Morning

We went back to Lithia Park later in the day after it warmed up and walked the park from the playground to the picnic area (and Periscoped and saved it to Katch) and then back.

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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Tuesday Afternoon – Japanese Garden in Lithia Park – Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Afternoon – Lithia Park Lovers – Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Evening – Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

Our first night in Ashland, we had the fine idea to drive up to Medford (only about 20 minutes north on the 5 freeway) to the Texas Roadhouse BBQ for a big dinner.

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On The Menu: BBQ baby back pork ribs, bone-in ribeye steak with fries, side of chili, dinner salad, bread & butter, salted shelled peanuts and a coke.

 

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Tuesday Evening Sky – Ashland, Oregon

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday Morning in Ashland Oregon

Take A Drive To Grizzly Peak! (weather permitting)
Out and Back to the National Forest on Dead Indian Memorial Road

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Mount Shasta and the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

Wednesday morning we set off to have an adventure in Ashland, knowing that we had a brunch meeting and a matinee performance of “Twelfth Night” later in the day.

We decided to head up towards Grizzly Peak on Dead Indian Memorial Road past the Ashland Airport and the Bella Fiore Winery (Read our Previous Blog) and drive as far as we could until we had to turn around and come back for brunch. We also hadn’t filled up the gas tank, so we had a limited range in terms of “as far out and back”.

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Dead Indian Memorial Road to Grizzly Peak in Ashland Oregon

We made it past Mile 22 and into the National Forest before we turned around! We saw and wrote our name in the snow. We saw snow covered Mount Shasta and a lot of beautiful Oregon country as we drove up and into the pine forest. We turned around when we reached our time, range and weather limit: we had to get back for brunch and we had just enough gas to get down the mountain, and we reached an elevation where the road got icy.

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JoshWillTravel the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

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The ride back to Ashland was equally beautiful and we stopped for photo opportunities along the way. Dead Indian Memorial Road has great views and a lot of safe turnouts to pull over, enjoy nature and take pictures. I’ve been all the way to the summit in late spring and summer and it is beautiful! There’s a hiking trail to the top and great views of Mount Shasta from the parking lot (again weather permitting).

NOTE: Dead Indian Memorial Road is not really maintained during the winter, at night or in inclement weather. And the weather can change quickly so be prepared! Watch out for snowplows, service trucks, other equipment, black ice, horses, deer, elk and snowmobiles! Travel the road to Grizzly Peak carefully!

“Grizzly Peak (elevation 5922 feet) affords an outstanding view of the Rogue Valley and the city of Ashland. This short trail to the summit passes through a mixed forest of fir and pine. The trail also offers outstanding views of the Cascades including Diamond Peak, Mt Mcloughlin, and Mt. Shasta. In early summer wildflowers put on a spectacular show along the trail. Keep an eye out for elk and deer, as well as many other animals including Golden Eagles and other birds of prey.”

Season: April 1 to November 15 – No Fees!
Trail Length: 3 miles one way
Difficulty: Moderate – Use level: Moderate to High

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Wednesday Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland, Oregon

We drove back to downtown Ashland and parked at the entrance to Lithia Park just off the plaza. A quick walk down the street and we arrived at Greenleaf Restaurant and met our host for brunch. We’ve eaten here before, it’s a local favorite, they serve both breakfast and deli sandwiches all day, with a lunch menu after 11:30. There is indoor seating, seating on the patio on the pedestrian friendly lane, and “to go” counter service. They have picnic style boxes available on the menu for people wanting to take their food on an adventure.

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant & Deli on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

On The Menu: 2 eggs over easy (asked for medium), bacon, fruit, english muffin, orange juice and iced coffee

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eggs Benedict at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland (from a previous trip)

 

We filled up the gas tank at the historic 76 Station in downtown Ashland and then parked the car in a 4 hour lot.

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Fill Up at the Historic 76 Station in Downtown Ashland Oregon

We walked over to the OSF campus and the Angus Bowmer Theatre for the “Twelfth Night” Matinee at 1:30pm.

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Mini-Burros!

 

Wednesday Evening Dinner at Sesame Asian Kitchen in Ashland

Trying something new, at the recommendation of our host, located just off the plaza next to the entrance of Lithia Park and the pedestrian friendly Guanojuato Lane. It’s an Asian Fusion menu and they have indoor and outdoor seating.

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On The Menu: Ji Bao with Chicken, Orange Chicken, Asian Salad, Ginger Beef with Noodles (we it sent back) and a coke.

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It was the first time we tried Sesame Asian Kitchen and it wasn’t good. The Ji Bao with chicken was tasty but dry and could have used lettuce or some kind of vegetable to give it some moisture. The asian salad was basically cole slaw without mayonnaise. The orange chicken was okay, but could have definitely used more orange or flavor in the sauce. There’s no picture of the ginger beef and noodles because we sent it back! The beef was so completely overcooked it was like jerky…inedible. Our server had a trainee shadowing him but the service was just okay and there wasn’t really an apology for the bad beef. They get a lot of tourist business because of their location, but we probably won’t be back again.

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Rogue Valley Sunset (Wednesday Evening) – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday

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Good Morning Oregon!

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Thursday Morning – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday Morning at Noble Coffee and Walking the Railroad District

Noble Coffee on 4th Street has the best coffee in town. It’s a local favorite and far away from downtown in the Railroad District.

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Noble Coffee Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

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Noble Coffee

There are some very good restaurants, the Peerless Hotel, cool shops and galleries, a small park and the railroad tracks in the neighborhood, as well as the Grange Co-op and a lot of cool old buildings and houses.

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The Railroad District: NO TRESPASSING! – Ashland, Oregon

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The Peerless Hotel on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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Revive Antique Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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PUSH An Art Gallery on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

The Goodwill Store (on Tolman Creek Rd) in Ashland

We’ve been to the Goodwill Store in Medford on previous trips, so this trip we decided to check out the branch in Ashland on Tolman Creek Rd. and we weren’t disappointed. This store gets really good stuff donated from the Ashland community, a lot of whom are well-to-do retirees from other places. We made a decision before embarking on this road trip, that we weren’t going to buy a lot of things or spend a lot of money on thrift store items, so we limited our shopping to small and inexpensive gifts and souvenirs. At the Ashland Goodwill Store we found a Penguin Snowglobe with a working music box inside for $3.00 and chose three comic books (Sgt Rock Special #6, the Spawn Bible #1 and Buckaroo Banzai #1) from the large selection of packaged and in good condition comics that had been donated (there were a few hundred) at $.49 each for sentimental reasons.

 

Thursday afternoon we drove north on the 5 freeway to Medford, Eagle Point and Central Point for lunch and some food shopping.

We started with Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Kaleidoscope Pizzeria – Aloha Pizza: 1/2 Pepperoni & 1/2 Canadian Bacon

On the Menu: Caesar Salad, 3 pieces of Aloha Pizza with pepperoni and a coke
(and we took the leftover pizza “to go”)

We drove around Medford after lunch and went Food Shopping at The Butcher Shop, the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates.

The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point is a cool specialty shop that is a far distance away but worth the drive if you like good meat and seafood. They also have fresh seasonal produce, cheeses and other food items as well. We picked up some steaks for freezing and a big piece of sushi grade Ahi Tuna for supper later.

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The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point, Oregon

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A visit to the Rogue Creamery is a regular stop when we visit Southern Oregon. It’s owned by friends and the award winning cheese is incredible! They make it all on premises by hand, with their special recipes, and age it in special caves that give it the rich flavors.

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Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon

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There’s always a nice selection to choose from, they have patio seating and make grilled cheese sandwiches on premises. There also a good selection of Rogue Ales, crackers, fresh pasta, jams and gift items available for purchase in the small shop area inside.

And then a stop next door at Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates…

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

We sampled the cheese and chocolate while we were shopping and drove back to Ashland with an insulated grocery bag full of good stuff. The Ahi Tuna was excellent with soy and ginger for supper!

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Ahi Tuna Sashimi with soy sauce and ginger

We had a ticket to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” Evening Performance in the Thomas Theatre at 8pm and we were told to arrive early for the audience interaction “pre-show” at 7:30pm.

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There was no intermission and it was a short show, so about 9:45pm we walked the plaza at night and headed upstairs to the Brickroom for a post show cocktail and some food.

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Natural Lithia Water Fountain on the Plaza at Night in Ashland Oregon

After Theatre Drink at the Brickroom: Stoli Rocks with a splash of pineapple and an order of small fries with barbecue sauce to soak it up before heading back to the ranch.

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The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

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We took our time driving The Ranch at night hoping to see some wildlife on the way. We’ve seen elk, deer, coyotes, jack rabbits, skunks, an owl and squirrels on the road at night, but this time nothing at all….

And we ate the leftover piece of cold Aloha pizza from lunch before going to bed.

 

Friday

Coffee at Starbuck’s at Pioneer & Main Street in downtown Ashland on Friday morning. Then we walked down to the Village Bakery and bought a chocolate covered croissant (and Periscoped it but didn’t save it). On the walk back we stopped into the new smoke shop in town, Smokin Deals Custom Glass & More and took a bunch of pictures for this Blog.

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Starbuck’s Coffee at Pioneer & Main in Downtown Ashland Oregon

A long line for Coffee at Starbuck’s in downtown Ashland on Friday morning:

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Venti Mocha Frappuchino with whipped cream

 

Village Bakery on Main St in Ashland

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Chocolate Covered Croissant from the Village Bakery in Ashland Oregon

 

Picker’s Paradise

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Our planned afternoon activities were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so instead we drove over to the OSF Box Office and switched our ticket to the Friday matinee of “Great Expectations”. We parked the car in the 4 hour lot and went to the show.

 

“Great Expectations” Friday Matinee in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Afternoon View from The Ranch

Wonderful Friday Night Dinner at The Loft in Ashland Oregon

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On The Menu: fried calamari, mussels florentine, bacon cheeseburger & fries, duck breast with cauliflower/brussel sprouts and chocolate tart with sea salt caramel ice cream

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Friday Evening View From The Loft in Ashland Oregon (Brickroom Patio)

 

We saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival while we were in town: a Wednesday matinee of “Twelfth Night” set in 1930’s Hollywood,  a country version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” on Thursday night and a Friday matinee of the world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.

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Saturday and SOUTHBOUND!
Ashland, Oregon to Cambria, California

 

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Southbound! Saturday Morning on the I-5 at Mount Shasta

We left Ashland, Oregon on our return drive on Saturday morning at about 9:30am and arrived at the beach in Cambria, California 9 hours later at 6:30pm just in time for the sunset.

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When we set out there was no predetermined destination or idea of where we might end up. At some point we would decide “enough driving” or find our journey’s end.

When we stopped at Taco Bell in Oroville for a Burrito Supreme the original choices were Reno, Yosemite and San Francisco. Both Reno and Yosemite would require a lot of extra driving and it was already late in the day to arrive in Yosemite at night without a reservation and there’s the cost of the entrance fee as well. So we set out for San Francisco and continued south on the 5 freeway.

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The Winters cutoff (Highway 505) was great and we made excellent time and then hit a lot of traffic at the Highway 80 junction. And as we approached San Francisco there was a lot of traffic going into the city, so instead we headed for San Jose and Santa Cruz.

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We drove by our friends house, but no one was home, so we waved and kept going. And then again at the 680-880 junction there was a line of cars backed up a mile to go over the hill to the beach, so we vetoed going to Santa Cruz and continued south on the 101 freeway.

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We had the option to get off in Napa-Sonoma as we approached San Francisco and we could have done “wine country”, and we probably should have since we were right there, so as we approached Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles there was another chance to stop and taste the “fruit of the vine” but we weren’t sure where to go as it was after 5:30pm on Saturday evening.

So San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach would be our destination, but then we remembered it was Spring Break and we saw the sign for Highway 46 to CAMBRIA and thought “Hearst Castle” and there are a lot of fond memories of visiting as kid. We could make it to the beach by sunset, have some food and try to find a room or place to camp near the ocean. A quick turn of the steering wheel to the right and we were on our way to Cambria and Highway 1 with the thought of maybe driving to Big Sur on Sunday…

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“Sea of Clouds” – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

Coming down the hill on Highway 46 west we saw the fog rolling in over the ocean and coast. It looked like a sea of clouds and the mountain tops were islands in the sky.

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Fog Rolling In – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

It didn’t take long to get to downtown Cambria and we drove down Main Street and found a parking place at the beach. There’s a wooden boardwalk along the shore to protect the plants and tourists. Greenspace and protecting the environment are of major interest to the local people and the beautiful unspoiled landscape is one of the major tourism selling points.

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Sunset On The Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California

We parked our car and watched the sunset between the clouds and the ocean, it was just a sliver of orange off in the distance. It was beautiful and a fine end to a long 9 hour drive.

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Pacific Ocean and a Sunset on the Beach (in the fog) – Cambria, California

HELLO CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA!

We got lucky and with one phone call got a nice motel room at the Bluebird Inn on Saturday night in a town with “No Vacancy”, then had a nice dinner at Robin’s restaurant and cocktails at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse (open until midnight) and Mozzi’s Bar (open until about 2am).

A good friend’s parents were the long time owners of the Bluebird Inn Motel and our friend worked there before moving south and getting married. There was an open invitation to come visit but we never made it back to Cambria (another reason for the side trip). After the sun set we tried to call our friend to ask him where to eat in town, but dialed his old work number at the Bluebird. We were surprised when he answered “Bluebird Inn”, but then asked “I know you are full, but do you know anyone with  a room?” He said, “We just had a cancellation, so I have a king bed, non smoking available.” Ten minutes later, we were at the Bluebird Inn.

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant was recommended by Ben at the front desk, he said his boss liked to eat there and enjoyed the food. He also recommended Linn’s and the Sow’s Ear. We got settled into our room and called over to Robin’s and got an 8:45pm dinner reservation (they take reservations until 9pm) and a little after 8:30pm we walked over to the restaurant which was 2 blocks from the Bluebird Inn Motel.

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Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria

On The Menu: Naan Pizzette (a BBQ chicken pizza on naan bread), chicken sate with peanut sauce and cucumber salad and two bottle of hot sake.

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And then cocktails (Stoli rocks with a splash of pineapple) at the bar at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse and later at Mozzi’s Bar. We left our eyeglasses behind at closing time, so we had to walk over on Sunday afternoon to retrieve them… must of been having a good time.

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Stoli Rocks with a Splash of Pineapple Juice

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Sunday morning, it was overcast and gray, we enjoyed a continental breakfast at the Bluebird Inn (included with the room), then checked out at noon and went to find our eyeglasses at Mozzi’s Bar.

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Continental Breakfast at the Bluebird Inn Motel on Sunday Morning

On the Menu: Continental Breakfast included coffee, orange juice, mini-croissants, pound cake, fruit (bananas & tangerines) and strawberry yogurt.

The Bluebird Inn Motel gets a big thumbs up! Big thanks to Ben and Holly for their advice on where to eat and what to do and for being super-friendly and helpful while doing their jobs at the front desk. The room was also large, super clean and comfortable, with a real King Bed and a vanity area with a large size mini-refrigerator and small microwave. The new owners “refreshed” the bathroom and walk-in shower and there was plenty of ultra-hot water even though the motel was full. Even though the room was on the end next to Main Street, there was no traffic at night and it was pretty quiet.

We spent a nice day walking around Main Street and downtown Cambria visiting shops, galleries and historic sites. At about 4pm it was still overcast, so we drove down to State Beach to see the ocean again and hoped the sun would burn through.

Main Street in Cambria is filled with Galleries and “Antique”, Gift and Thrift Shops!

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Country Collectibles Antique Mall in Cambria, California

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Magnetic Scrabble Tiles $.40 each (x 13)

If you like to shop for pretty things and cool art there’s lots of here. There are also a lot of restaurants, wine tasting rooms and places to indulge your sweet tooth.

Want some candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria!

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Want Some Candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

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Cambria is also a Historic California Town with a very interesting past. Many of the businesses on Main Street occupy buildings on the State Registry of Historic Places. There’s also a History Center, a Chinese Temple and the Santa Rosa Catholic Church built in 1870, a beautiful chapel on a hill complete with an old time cemetery.

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Cambria, California built in 1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

 

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It was a gray day in Cambria and along the coast, so we decided not to drive north to Big Sur, and later decided not to drive Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo because of the weather. The sun did come out for a very brief moment when I was at the beach taking pictures.

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

 

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SQUIRREL! No Fear! Do Not Feed The Wildlife!

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Seagulls at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

NOTE: I’m always happy to take a picture of a couple in love when it’s not inconvenient. I’ll even offer “would you like me to take a picture of the two of you?” I don’t usually post pictures of myself, but I asked the couple I just photographed if they would take a picture of me at the beach. (breaking the fourth wall here because someone asked for it)

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Peace! JoshWillTravel on Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

We made a quick visit to the Harmony Cellars Winery in Harmony, CA (population 18) just south of Cambria, they were about to close so we just took pictures and didn’t drink wine.

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Harmony Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Harmony, California

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We left Cambria about 6pm on Sunday and drove back to Paso Robles and the 101 freeway south because it was still gray along Highway 1 south and I wanted to see a good sunset. It was a beautiful evening drive back through wine country on Highway 46 . We made it back to the freeway and headed south on the 101. We stopped for gas and Taco Bell on the way.

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A Pit Stop and a Beefy Burrito at Taco Bell in Nipomo California

NOTE: We stopped at Taco Bell twice on our way south. In Oroville on Saturday as we previously mentioned for a Burrito Supreme and in Nipomo on Sunday for a pit stop and a Beefy Burrito. We ate inside both times which was a good thing because both burritos completely fell apart after two bites and made an absolute mess. In Oroville we ordered at the Drive-Thru but it took too long so we parked and went inside to get our burrito.

We stopped again along the 101 freeway in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara and watched a beautiful sunset as the sun went down over the ocean and the freeway.

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After the sun went down, we got to Santa Barbara, and other people were driving like f*ckin’ idiots and doing stupid things the whole way back to the San Fernando Valley. We drove safely and arrived home about 9:15pm without incident after another great road trip!

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Roadtrip to Oregon! And we’re back now…

Roadtrip to Oregon! And we’re back now…

Spent the week in Ashland, Oregon on the ranch. Saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ate, drank, shopped and had a great time away from Los Angeles!

And we stopped overnight in Cambria, California and saw the sunset over the Pacific Ocean on the way home.

There will be Blogs! I’ve got some good stories and lots of pretty pictures… here’s one:

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Tuesday Afternoon! Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

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Sunday Sunset over the 101 Freeway in Goleta, California