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Origin of the Rogue River

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Boundary Springs (origin of the Rogue River)

Today’s photo is rather boring without a story. After providing loads of water to farmers and communities along the way, the Rogue River travels over 200 miles before dumping what’s left of its contents into the Pacific Ocean. Although the river is fed by numerous rivers and creeks along the way, it all begins below my feet in today’s photo as water bubbling out of the ground north of Crater Lake.

Boundary Springs Waterfall

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I went back to finish what I started back in January, reach Boundary Springs. This time I didn’t start in the Mazama Viewpoint parking lot. Instead, I followed Google maps which sent me down a forest road for several miles. The road is called “Old Diamond Lake Road” or NF-281. The road gets really sketchy after a couple miles. You probably don’t want to be on this road in a normal winter. Even in summer it probably isn’t smart to take this road without 4WD. I stopped a hundred yards or so before crossing Mazama Creek as the snow started getting pretty deep. I walked from there.

After passing West Lake (which was completely frozen in the morning, but mostly not frozen when I passed it on my way back in the afternoon) I saw a trail sign for Boundary Springs. A couple hundred feet before reaching the springs I took today’s photo.

Once I got to the springs (which is where the Rogue River begins, straight out of the ground) I saw a trail of sorts on the other side of the Rogue River. I started to take it, but it soon disappeared. I don’t really like out and backs as much as loop trails so I continued (mostly bushwhacking my way north on the east side of the Rogue River) hoping the trail would appear again. Big mistake. There is no trail (that I could find) on the east side of the river. A couple hours, bloodied hands, and torn clothes later I made it back to Old Diamond Lake Road which crosses the Rogue River so I could get back to my car.

Despite the blood, it was an awesome adventure. I didn’t see a single person the entire time. In a normal winter you will definitely want snow shoes. I could have used them in several places, but for the most part I was on dry ground or only an inch or two of snow.

Siskiyou Mountain Biking

As I write this, the last riders in today’s 12Mile SuperD are crossing the finish line near my house. Although not an easy race, it doesn’t match the Revenge of the Siskiyous races that used to take place here. Those races required some serious uphill climbs as well as the downhills. Today’s race only climbs 600 feet (while dropping more than 5,000).

On Friday, I rode my mountain bike along a good section of the route. I climbed about 1,500 feet before dropping the same 1,500 feet back to my house. On the way, I rode on Toothpick (out and back) and Caterpillar (downhill only).

ashland mountain biking map 

The Siskiyou Mountains above Ashland offer up some of the finest single track in the country. Besides Toothpick and Caterpillar trails, you can choose from dozens of other trails like White Rabbit, Catwalk (from Four Corners), Bull Gap, BTI, etc. Most aren’t for the faint of heart and take some getting used to. Toothpick isn’t very difficult, although, as the name suggests, it is sometimes not very wide. One side of the trail falls off steeply down the mountain. I wouldn’t want to crash on Toothpick because if you left the trail it would be a long way down.

On Friday the trails seemed unusually crowded. Crowded is a relative term however. We saw about 10 other people in our two hours up there. We also saw about 10 dogs. I’m not a fan of dogs–especially when I’m on a bike. I’m sure the hikers with the dogs probably aren’t too happy to see bikers either.

I once road the entire Ashland Loop Road (28 miles including 3,000 feet up and 3,000 feet down) without seeing another human being. I did see a bear on that ride though.

Next winter, after a fresh snow, I’ll have to take a ride up there with my camera. I’ve done it before without a camera and it was amazing. For now, I’ll just have to leave you with a single photo.

Mountain Biking near Mount Ashland with Mt. Shasta in the background

This is taken from approximately the center of this map between the bottom of Bull Gap and the top of Mt. Ashland. I’m on the other side of the mountain as Bull Gap though. (You can’t see Mt. Shasta from Bull Gap although you do have good views of Wagner Butte at times.) Mt. Shasta is in the background.

SOU Commencement 2008

Congratulations to the Southern Oregon University class of 2008.

End of softball season

I should really have my daughter blog this entry, but since I managed her team I guess it’s as much my baby.

Last night was our final game of the season for the Ashland Little League minor girls’ softball season. We won 20 and lost less than a handful so on that front it was a good season. I really didn’t manage to win though. I just tried to get the girls to play as many different positions and have as much fun as possible. All of them were hitting the ball which is unusual at this level.

Pitching Ashland Oregon Little League

I think my daughter, Ellie, played every position. Most girls played everywhere except pitcher and catcher.

Catching Ashland Oregon Little League

We had six different pitchers during the year and five different catchers so many girls did play every position.

Outfield Ashland Oregon Little League

The above one is actually from last year.

Team Picture Ashland Oregon Little League

And, finally, here is most of my team.

Halloween in Ashland, Oregon

I know it’s the wrong time of year to be blogging about Halloween. But I’m stuck in a classroom with nothing to do at the moment as my students are all taking their final examinations for Intermediate Accounting, Part III. Don’t you wish you could join them? 😉

Anyway, my picture selection is rather limited here at work so I’m dipping back into a few pictures from Halloween 2003.

Treebeard halloween costume

The reason I have these old Halloween pictures at work is because I brought them in to show my class. I was expecting them to say things like, “Oh, isn’t that a great costume” or “Boy, that does look like Treebeard.” Instead, the first comment was, “Why is that kid drinking coffee?”

My son is actually drinking hot chocolate, purchased at Evo’s Coffee Lounge just behind him, as it was a very cold Halloween. We had just finished reading Lord of the Rings so he dressed up as Treebeard.

ashland oregon halloween costume

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter. There was a band playing so she was actually dancing–hence the hip off to one side.

Halloween in Ashland is a big deal (as is New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July). There is a huge parade featuring most of the kids and adults in town all in costume. People come from all over the Rogue Valley and Northern California. After the parade parties go on both downtown in the streets and around town pretty much all night long. I once made the mistake of holding my 8 a.m. class the following morning…

cat vampire treebeard halloween costumes

Not to be outdone by my kids, I walked the parade in costume too, looking for current and former students to scare whenever I got the chance.