Thursday, November 8, 2007

Greetings from Ashland, Oregon

Greetings from Ashland, Oregon where people LOVE to retire. That's why we have so much information on our website
If you've read Karen's previous posts, I'm her friend, Marty. My husband, Mark, and I have considered retiring in many different locations, but Ashland keeps calling us back.
First of all, we love the moderate climate with its distinct four seasons. Summers are nice and hot, sending us to the Rogue River to cool off in a raft or to enjoy standing around waving a stick with some fishing line on it! Cool mountain lakes are 1/2 hour away for camping and hiking. Then it's time for a glorious autumn, with a showy display of deciduous trees that must rival the Northeast. Winter here is a paradise for skiiers and riders, with Mt. Ashland 6 miles down the road, Mt. Shasta less than 2 hours, and Mt. Bachelor 3 hours away. Spring is intoxicating with fabulous flowering fruit trees and the call to get your hands back into the dirt and plant something edible or decorative.
Today's forecast is for 64 degrees and sunny, so I'm heading for Hyatt Lake to meet some friends for a bike ride. Check out their web site for pictures and more information on this lovely spot less than 1/2 hour from Ashland. They have two restaurants, one of which has nearly famous chili according to my friend Fran, so we will treat ourselves to some carbs after the ride.