Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We Like Dogs

I don't know what the per capita ownership of dogs is in this town but I suspect it rates fairly high in comparison to other places.  I took this picture a while back that illustrates one dog-lover's routine.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Morning Coffee

Bret, a local web designer, was working and having his morning coffee at Noble today while his loyal companion Charlie Brown waits patiently by.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grocery Day at Safeway

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mellow Yellow

Friday, January 23, 2015

House Remodel

Update from a previous blog post regarding the remodeling of a house in the neighborhood.  Ethan, the owner/remodeler, has been pretty much single-handedly working on this project for over a year.  Today he is getting ready to install a new window in the living room.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Plugged In

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Red Riding Hoodie

Monday, January 19, 2015


Today is a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day, which the Kiwanis Club of Ashland honors by posting American flags along Main Street.  Ron Parker and Lola were taking flags down at the end of the day near the Varsity Theatre, where SELMA, the movie about King and the civil rights movement is playing.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Portable Living

This odd-looking structure materialized a couple of months ago on a vacant lot on 2nd Street. A flyer posted on the front door described it as a self-contained living accommodation mounted on tires for easy transporting. The dwelling was listed for sale at $32,500 and was sold and taken away not long after it appeared.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake is a reservoir located just outside of Ashland.  It was created by the building of a dam in 1924 to provide for irrigation purposes and flood control.  It also provides recreation opportunities for fishermen, swimmers, and jet-skiers. The Ashland Rowing Club uses the lake for their practices and stores its boats in a clubhouse on the shore. When the lake is at full capacity the water level is significantly higher than shown in this photo. The orange-colored dirt areas are under water in the Spring after a good year of rain and melting snowpack. Currently, due to drought conditions, the lake is at approximately 10% capacity.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Deluxe Awning

Deluxe Awning Company uses leftover material to create colorful tote bags, which as the sign says, sell for $20 each.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Local Boy Scout Troop 112 performed their annual service of picking up Christmas trees with the conclusion of the holiday season.  The trees are taken to be converted into mulch for use in Ashland's city parks and residents may make donations to the Troop for their efforts.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Plunging Into the New Year

Yesterday, the traditional New Year's Day Polar Plunge took place at Reeder Reservoir at the top of Lithia Park. Approximately 40 people braved the cold morning temperatures (in the 20's) and waded into the icy water. A thin sheet of ice lining the shoreline had to be broken apart before they could walk in.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

End of the Season

Today I suppose marks the official end of the season for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with the removal of the street banners lining Main Street and Lithia Way.  Plays will commence again for the 2015 season in March.

Also, this post will be the last for a while as I take some time off to spend time on other projects.  Thanks to those who've been stopping by and checking out Life in Ashland.  To those newly arrived readers, there are a lot of previous entries to look at under the heading of "Older Posts" at the bottom of this page.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Yesterday in Lithia Park

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Couple

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Monster Dash

A pre-Halloween event each October is the "Monster Dash", a race through Lithia Park for runners of all ages. Part of the festivities is a Costume Contest held at the bandshell.  Afterwards, competitors - many in Halloween get-up, including parents pushing baby strollers - take part in a fun run through the park. It's held as a fund-raiser on behalf of the Ashland Schools Foundation.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sidewalk Reading

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lithia Park in October

Above, the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park is its most colorful in the Fall.  Nearby, kindergarteners and their teachers from Forest School visit the Upper Duck Pond.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yesterday in Lithia Park