Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Onward to Jacksonville…

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Heading away from Salem toward Jacksonville, Oregon, we actually could see the top of Mt. Shasta. Developed out of the gold rush of 1851, the town is a National Historic Landmark. Over 100 buildings are on the National Register.

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We drove the 15 miles over to Ashland for a taste of the lithia water and to see The Pirates of Penzance. It was an incredible production with creative staging, wonderful singing and an a free bluegrass concert before-hand.

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Back in Jacksonville, we stayed in the McCully House Inn that had a beautiful garden of peonies. I wouldn’t have minded staying there longer (but I said that about every place on this trip).

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Over by the Jacksonville County Courthouse, there was a statue honoring the Pony Express and directly across the street a coffee shop called The Pony Espresso. It made us realize we should have been collecting the wonderfully clever names of coffee spots we had seen throughout the trip.

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The next day, we saw the California coast again and the day after we arrived home to our waiting beasts.

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All was well with the world…

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