It’s that time when I like to do a post on the fall colors around our home in Southern Oregon. This year, Peggy and I, along with members of the Bigger Sacramento Book Club, drove over to Lithia Park in Ashland for a picnic.
The BSBC was created in the late 80s by my friend Ken Lake and was soon composed of five couples. The same couples belong today but ‘Bigger Sacramento’ now includes Southern Oregon, the Bay Area, and France as well as Sacramento! This year marks our 30th Anniversary. Each fall, the BSBC visits our house for a three day retreat.
We chose to visit Ashland because our book, Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander, is based in the town. Lithia Park, it turns out, was awash in fall colors. After lunch, we walked into town to visit the Mix Bakery in honor of the book and wandered up to the Bloomsbury Bookstore, which is always a delight and makes a pleasant outing for a book club.
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40 thoughts on “Fall Colors at Lithia Park in Southern Oregon… and the BSBC”
Great photos and what a nice idea to keep meeting the same group each year.
Considering we started in our 40s and are still getting together in our 70s with the same people is special, Gerard. The club actually meets monthly in Sacramento. We try to get down for the meetings when we can. –Curt
Beautiful fall colors, but I’m in love with the Monet duck!
Wasn’t that neat, Rusha. I didn’t even realize how colorful it was until I saw the photograph afterwards. –Curt
First, the duck and the splendid reflection drew my admiration. Then the goodies in the bakery window spoke to my stomach. But, my heart melted at the sight of that dear cat.
The kitty, duck, and bakery were all fun, Yvonne. Fortunately, I had just had lunch before going to the bakery. Otherwise, I would have stuffed myself with those ‘goodies.’ 🙂 –Curt
Glorious photos Curt! I’m sure everyone looks forward to those get togethers.
Thanks, AC. T’is the season! And yes, the BSBC is always fun, a true cast of characters. –Curt
After 48 years in south Fl, I still miss the Fall season, thanks for giving me peek!
That’s just about a lifetime, G. 🙂 Where did you live prior to Florida. –Curt
Nassau County, Long Island, NY., but I spent a lot of time in upstate New York. Loved the mountains!
Peggy’s parents retired to Florida, G. Once they took us to the highest point in Florida, which, if I recall right, was something over 300 feet. 🙂 Mountains have a way of imprinting on your mind forever. As you obviously know.
But I do confess, I find the color and life of the Everglades very interesting. –Curt
The only part about the Everglades I don’t like is the invasion of pythons and pygmy rattlers.
Good things not to like, G! 🙂
Such nice photos! I’m really loving all the fall colors that everyone is posting. Those baked goods looked delicious 🙂
Fall is just special, MB. Nature showing off at her best! As for the goodies: They are. 🙂 –Curt
Gorgeous – the foliage, the town, your photos, and especially the bakery yum 🙂
It’s a good thing that bakery isn’t next to my house, Alison. I have a feeling that all of my hard work over the summer at getting skinny would soon be a thing of the past. 🙂 –Curt
The photo of the bridge across the creek is my favorite. I can’t quite get over my impulse to straighten that lamp (?) at the end, but that’s just me. The colors are marvelous, and the history of the group was great fun to read about. We’re going to get some fall color this weekend — a blue sky!
Laughing, Linda. The lamp and the tree were in a slight disagreement over the definition of ‘straight.’ Or maybe it was just the photographer. 🙂
A blue sky and fall colors: Woohoo! I expect to see some photos. The colors around here just keep getting better. I may have to do a second post on fall. –Curt
What a great tribute to nature, to life, to the love of books! I love all the images, the beautiful colours, the bread, the cat, the duck and especially the BSBC. Well done! 🙂
Thanks, Dina! It was a special day in a special place. And, I might add, at a special time of the year. –Curt
As many times as we’ve been to Ashland, we’ve never been there for fall colors. We may have to rectify that. Are they still showing plays?
Ashland is a very special place. My late husband used to talk about his early days helping to build the Shakespeare Festival and odd bits at Lithia Park. I think one of his first jobs at restoration was the old Jacksonville (United States) Hotel building. The odd thing is that we never visited any of those sites while he was still alive. He eventually moved to Placerville around 1979 -where we met! Funny how we’ve been in some of the same places and never meeting. Small world, isn’ it?
Yes it is a small world, Gunta. My grandparents on my father’s side lived in Ashland, Gunta, and I was born there. Our family moved shortly after I was born to the Bay Area, and not long after that to Diamond Springs.
Is that the Jacksonville Inn?
I suspect we will meet. 🙂 –Curt
I’m not absolutely certain what building it was that he used to talk about restoring, not being familiar with the places and names so much. If memory serves, I think he called it the Jacksonville Hotel, but I bet his kids are far more familiar with it than I am. We had moved to Myrtle Point after his spinal injury and didn’t go to the Rogue Valley much in those days… he was a great story teller (you remind me a bit of him) and often talked about Jacksonville and the Applegate from way back times. I suspect you would have enjoyed sharing some yarns with him! 😀
I suspect so, too, Gunta. While I was raised in Diamond Springs, families on both my mother and fathers side came from the Ashland/ Medford area, starting a s early as 1900 if not earlier. I have grand parents, great grand parents and great great grandparents buried around here. –Curt
Aren’t those trees just startling with their colors. It is so interesting to hear of the book club and the trip to Ashland. A clear example of why Oregon is just so cool! Thank you. All my best.
It’s pretty amazing that we have all been together for 30 years with the same couples, JoHannah. Members sometimes joke they could never get divorced because they don’t know who would get the Book Club. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt
I loved how your writing was so realistic and fascinating.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! –Curt
Lovely pictures !
Thanks! The trees were bright. The day was sunny. And the sky was blue— a beautiful day for a picnic. –Curt
I explored Lithia Park for the first time just last month! That made your photos even more enjoyable, since I could recognize what part of the park you were in to take some of the photos. What astonishing colours! Your photography here is excellent. I am envious of your view from your place too. Fall, Spring, or whenever, that view must draw your eye all year ’round.
Lithia is a treasure for Ashland. And our place? It’s a bit of heaven on earth, Crystal. –Curt
You captured Fall beautifully! I especially love the picture of the duck swimming in the pond.
What a great idea to take a book club to a whole new level with a 3-day retreat! A real treat, I’m sure!
Lovely, Curt. Books and colors in a park and cute town, that’s fall to its best. Great pics. And these loaves of bread? Wow.
I always love fall in our area. Not New England, mind you, but still quite beautiful. And there is nothing like freshly baked bread! –Curt
Yes, Washington state is quite gorgeous in the fall too. Even along Highway 49 as soon as you pass Mariposa and go all the way through Sonora and the lovely towns there is a feel of fall that other parts of CA lack. New England is quite special. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Peggy and your extended family!
I grew up living beside Highway 49, Evelyne. I still enjoy driving up and down it in the spring and in the fall. And, as you move up into the Sierras, you have the beautiful aspen! –Curt