Friday evening Alex’s Mom came to visit us! We picked her up at the Medford airport Friday afternoon. I got such a nice hug and then we drove to a burger place called Jasper’s. Alex and I had gotten a propane tank re-certified and filled that afternoon and I asked the woman working there for a recommendation for food. Initially I wasn’t excited about a burger, but then we checked the menu. Everything! They have everything! All kinds of meats, pork, beef, camel, bison, deer… everything! After that I was very excited to go. We got there, enjoyed a meal and then we headed back to bring her to a local hotel. I was getting pretty tired at that point and wanted to come home and rest so I could rest for the race in the morning.
I had signed up for the Pioneer Run 5k earlier last month. I needed to pick an outfit and get some sleep and plan out what we should do for the day. See race report for more details.
After the race we packed into the car and headed to Crater Lake National Park. We drove and it was very foggy. So foggy we couldn’t see the lake. Hah!!! The road to drive around the lake was also closed, but she said you could walk on it. I grabbed a park news paper at the visitor center. We snacked on some mango, beef jerky and sour patch kids and made our way to the Rim Village. We decided to at least go for a little hike along the closed road to Discovery point and check it out, stretch our legs. Just as we arrived, so did some of Alex’s co-workers. We hiked along the road and we all got some very cool photos. We followed the road and made it to Discovery Point, and discovered more fog. 😛 Along the walk back to the car, a breeze blew a patch of fog away and we could see some water and across the lake very briefly. That’ OK. Maybe next time. After that we needed Mexican food. We headed over to a Mexican restaurant Alex and I really like in Grant’s Pass. It was nice, we ate too much and had a good time. Afterwards we headed back to get ready for Sunday.
We agreed to shower at the hotel in the morning, but what should we do!? I mentioned we could go eat in Ashland, visit the co-op for food and go have a pic nic and do some hiking.
That morning we showered and got ready to have a nice relaxed Sunday. We left fairly early and Lithia Park was just about empty at that point still. We tried the water, it reminds me of what carbonation tastes like. Then we explored some trails. We didn’t bring any water so we didn’t go too far. I was feeling kind of hungry and so I suggested we head into town for a snack and a beverage.
We ended up at Dobra Tea House. We took our shoes off and sat down at a low table on cushions. We were meat by a woman with colorful hair who explained about the menu to us. We each choose a tea. I picked out babaganoush and a cookie to share. We drank until we were full and then explored around trying to decide on what we should eat for Dinner.
While exploring we came into a book store. I found a book about Yoga and Shakespeare! I also saw a second book I could like to read in the future.
For lunch we opted to walk to the Ashland Food Co-op and buy some snacks. Kale salad, beer, crackers with cheese, sausages and some grapes. We walked back to Lithia Park, which then was very crowded and lively. Lots of children, people strolling, musicians. It was so nice. The weather was perfect. Sunny and not too hot. We lounged, and the ducks harassed us for food. We enjoyed it and then decided to walk around some more. Alex’s mom suggested we go to a movie before dinner and choose Hacksaw Ridge.
I knew it was a war movie, but I didn’t know it was based off of a true story. Being so close to veterans day, and the third anniversary of my dad’s death was kind of hard. I thought of him a lot. The fight scenes were uncomfortable, necessary to the movie, but I was glad when it was over. It is a good movie, and if you choose to see it be prepared for gore and graphic body visuals.
After the movie we went to a place called Harvey’s for some happy hour cocktails and dinner. Sunday is a very slow night for Ashland it seems. Alex and Tracey both choose a seafood fish, and I was very happy with a Croque Monssieour with Tomato Soup.
I was supposed to run 8 miles for my long run, but this was a day very well spent and I really needed it. I did feel guilty for leaving the doggies all day in the camper with the radio and each other for company, but balance is important.
After dinner, I started feeling pretty crappy. My sinuses were full and tender, and I was tired. the cold Alex had been fighting caught up with me. I had originally planned to get up early with Alex to go to the airport to drop off Tracey, but my body did not want to cooperate, so instead I slept and stayed warm in the bed with the pups.
Today I am supposed to run, but its more of a soup, reading and napping kind of day.