A 10 minute walk from our home in Ashland, OR takes you to an intricate trail system with names like White rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Looking glass. From here you can hike to the Pacific Crest Trail and make your way by foot to Canada or Mexico. The spirit of the Madrone and Manzanita are vibrant and alive on these trails; the wisdom of the Oaks are telling and profound, and the smells incredible.
We live in a small town where the sightings of bears on the streets are not uncommon and the deer whom have taken up permanent residency know how to use the crosswalks better then most humans. Shoes are optional. Some say Ashland is stuck in the 60s and after working at the local Co-op, I might have to agree. One can take it slow and easy. Farm land is typical and organic local foods readily available. As an herbalist for a small clinic in town, I have been able to make a career in alternative health care and am supported by the community to advocate for natural healing.
A 30 minute drive south takes you to the top of Mt. Ashland or head North East towards Grizzly peak. Climb Pilot rock to see a 360 view of the peaks and valleys or catch some trout with volcano views on Howard Prairie Lake.I miss my family and life-long friends in the South East dearly- but good lawrd it feels incredible to be nestled between and hugged by the Cascades and the Siskiyous Mountains! Come check it out, Y’all! It truly is amazing.