Ashland life

Ashland life

Hot Dog! An American Icon

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Reg and I had the chance to ketchup with a favorite childhood memory today when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile hauled buns into town. I hate to say it, but we relished the idea of reacquainting ourselves with such an iconic symbol from our baby boomer childhoods.

The two Hotdoggers who pilot this deli delight on wheels shared some fun facts with us. Just sink your teeth into this: The Wienermobile measures, 60 hot dogs long, from front to back.  It’s 18 hot dogs wide, and 24 hot dogs tall. Now that’s a lot of weenies!

Inside we found a couple extra seats…I think we’d make a pretty good Hotdogger team!

The Wienermobile is equipped with four passenger seats located behind the driver seat and the seat in the shotbun position. Let me be frank, driving this thing is no picnic! The teams of Hotdoggers who canvas the country spend three weeks at Hot Dog High, a boot camp where driving and parking skills are put to the test. They also beef up their knowledge of Oscar Mayer products.

Make your own jokes here folks…

And who can forget that deliciously popular “I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener” song that premiered on television in 1965? Sometimes dreams really do come true!

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An Early Case of Spring Fever

The unseasonably warm temperatures and brilliant blue sky were irresistible this morning. In record time we gathered our snowshoe gear, packed a lunch (well, Reg packed the lunch) and followed the crowd up to Mount Ashland.

The parking lot was already filling up by 10:00 Sunday morning.
Mount Shasta was visible in the distance.
We definitely beat the crowds to the snowshoe trail.

In the past, we have always followed the trail leading to the top of Mount Ashland. It’s a steep route with beautiful views across the Rogue Valley. Since we’ve struggled up that hill several times in the past, we chose the lower trail out to the Grouse Gap shelter hoping we’d find a dry spot to sit and eat our lunch.

Along the way we crossed the Pacific Crest Trail, buried somewhere beneath snow, patiently awaiting next year’s crop of hopeful hikers. The shelter proved to be the perfect lunch stop, complete with covered picnic table, the remains of a still slightly warm fire and an unlocked restroom! Perfect!

Oh, and the view was pretty nice too! Could it be that spring is right around the corner?

The back of Mount Ashland is a relaxing contrast to the hustle-bustle of the chairlifts and skiers on the other side.
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A Crisp Morning Walk

Although the skies were blue, temperatures hovered in the 30s (Fahrenheit) most of the day, requiring a fast pace to keep warm on a morning walk.

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Holiday Magic

A relatively warm evening brought crowds to downtown Ashland for the 26th annual Festival of Light Celebration.  As the crowd finished counting down from ten, Santa kicked off the holiday season, activating more than one million lights throughout town.

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A Glorious Morning

 

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With more than a hint of fall in the air, it was a glorious morning to walk up the hill above our home.

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There’s No Place Like Home

Cool nights and warm sunny days have kept us close to home where we are enjoying an abundance of fall color.

 

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Blooms On The Pacific Crest Trail

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Friends Lan and Jeff suggested a morning hike along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that would lead us to Little Hyatt Lake reservoir.  A couple thousand feet above Ashland we found spring blooming throughout a series of lush, green meadows.

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We reached the spillway below the reservoir and climbed to a ledge overlooking the lake.  A perfect spot to rest and have a bite to eat before our return trip.

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Mount Shasta-Between the Clouds

After an ill-fated attempt at snowshoeing last Thursday, when the weather was so foul that I turned around after just 20 feet and fought my way back to the truck, Reg and I found Mount Ashland far more hospitable today.

In addition to the spectacular view we had of Mount Shasta (top photo), our ongoing uphill efforts were rewarded with another distant view of Mount Mcloughlin (above).

Today was the perfect day for a snowshoe trek on Mount Ashland. Clouds above us and clouds below us left us with incredible views that went on forever. No reason to hurry back to the truck this time!

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Crater Lake Detour

Our weather this past week has been positively springlike and today promised us more of the same…a perfect day for a Sunday drive. We climbed in the truck and Reg aimed uphill. Our sights (and appetites) were set on lunch at one of our favorite mountain area restaurants.

But then I said, “Let’s go to Crater Lake.” And so we did!

This was our first winter visit to Crater Lake National Park. Fortunately we didn’t need a cozy fireplace to warmup today since the lodge is closed for the season. Without snowshoes we had to settle for wandering along the plowed village road, peeking at the lake when we could.

Since we detoured from our original plan, lunch was a casual affair at the Village Cafe. While we ate we eavesdropped as a park ranger spouted statistics to a family of first time visitors:

Crater Lake is the deepest lake (1,949 feet) in the United States. Deeper than Empire State Building stacked on top of Seattle’s Space Needle.

Because of clouds, fog and bad weather, winter visitors have only a 50% chance of seeing the lake. (We felt lucky!)

No streams flow in or out of the lake. Water level remains constant due to precipitation, evaporation and seepage.

Today’s drive opened our eyes to just how close we live to this beautiful National Park. Winter, summer, spring or fall…this is a detour we’ll be sure to take again!

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Happy New Year

As a New Year dawns, we wish our family, friends and followers a peaceful and happy 2018.

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