Maintenance and a quick visit with Raven and Chickadee

Rain continued to accompany us on our travel days as we headed down to Grants Pass, Oregon.


This was our third visit here.  It’s where Henderson’s Line-up is located, the place we go for repairs and upgrades on Betsy’s chassis suspension.  On our way to Alaska in 2012 we had several upgrades performed, including the installation of Koni shocks, a Supersteer Bell Crank, a Safe-T-Plus steering unit and Motion Control Units for our air suspension.  This time through we just wanted to have everything checked out and get another 4-corner weigh performed.  Betsy passed with flying colors – yay!


Betsy enters the operating room on yet another rainy morning

The next day we continued south to Ashland, our final stop in Oregon.  This cool town is Eric and Laurel’s hometown, and we were excited to see them after two years.  Both of them are nature lovers and avid birders – as indicated by the name of their blog site – “Raven and Chickadee”.  Among other things, we all enjoy the same outdoor activities like biking, hiking and especially birding.  Eric knows his birds, and I learned a lot from him during our birding extravaganza on Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Raven and Chickadee

Welcome to Ashland dinner

We were looking forward to doing some hiking and/or birding during this visit, but the weather was not cooperating.  Instead, they gave us a walking tour around town and through Lithia Park, one of Eric’s “offices” during his working years.  This park is the largest and most centrally-located in Ashland, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Ashland, Oregon

Main street, Ashland

Eric confirmed we came at the perfect time, as the fall foliage at the Japanese Garden was at its peak.  We were so busy enjoying the colors and good conversation during our walk that we didn’t even realize we’d covered four miles!

Raven and Chickadee

Eric and Steve

Raven and Chickadee

The girls share a laugh at the entrance


Steve with Raven and Chickadee, aka Eric and Laurel

The air was crisp and cool as we ambled past stunning vegetation along the trail:


The Japanese Garden was amazing, and Eric helped build this awesome place!


Ginkgo biloba

Fan-shaped Ginkgo Blob leaves turn yellow in the fall




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Enjoying the colors with Laurel

Eric and Laurel were terrific hosts, and as always we enjoyed spending the short time we had with them.  Their love of nature, outdoor fun and music (Laurel plays the guitar) mesh well with our interests, and we always have a good time together.

Eric and Laurel

Thank you Eric and Laurel for the guided tour.  Though our visit was too short we had a blast!

Our reservation at Emigration Lake (Steve’s review here) was originally for five nights, but we had to cut it short due to sad news in California.  We high-tailed it back to the Bay Area and didn’t get to say the kind of goodbye’s we wanted to, but sometimes that’s the way things go and we’re hoping to cross paths with our friends down the road.

Emigration Lake

Our site overlooked Emigration Lake

As of this writing we’re in California, bonding with family and visiting old friends until the end of the year.  Blogging will have to take a backseat for a while, so we’ll take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Holidays!


Next up:  Coming full circle