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First Impressions Confirmed

Yesterday, I offered some preliminary thoughts on our current location – an RV park(ish) just north of Ashland, Oregon.  Base upon some suspicious initial observations, I suspected that our surroundings might be a bit interesting.

In an effort to validate my thinking, first thing this morning I conducted a bit of reconnaissance within the immediate area.  So with camera in hand, I ventured into the unknown, determined to learn more about my surroundings.  Fairly quickly, my hunch was confirmed … this place is hippie-central.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I’m not entirely sure how to best articulate things around here, so I’ll instead provide some imagery.  As the cliché says – a picture is worth a thousand words.  And with that, allow me to offer you a few thousand words.

Let’s begin with the neighbors…

View from our front window

Custom painted, classic and understated.

5th Wheel bandsaw – really?

Too much crap

Vintage Airstream

Can this pass for a yurt?  Love the sign.

Having sufficiently examined the neighborhood, I then proceeded to other areas of the property.

Starting with the sacred grounds beyond this sign below, I respectfully and responsibly proceeded forward.  Finding only a teepee, the community vegetable garden, and (wait for it …) a spiral rock garden, I was pretty disappointed.

On the positive, I did make friends with a cat.

Signage greeting guests

I prefer the comforts of my Airstream over this teepee

The trail leading to the rock garden

Spiral rock garden

One curious cat

My surveying efforts nearly complete, I began making my way back to the Airstream.  Along the way, I stumbled into this gem below:

Rules maintain order here at the park

While comfortably eating breakfast, I found myself reflecting upon my observations.  Is this place really full of cuckoos I wondered?  Having been able to wander the grounds with the aid of daylight, I confirmed my previous thinking … yes, definitely yes..

Generally, I’m not one to say “I told you so”, but … I told you so.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Anonymous #

    The pictures showed conclusively that many of the ’60’s Flower Children managed to survive notwithstanding their over consumption of the funny weed. And their attitude on life survived also. They were the first people I ever observed who felt the world owed them a living, and that the freedoms we enjoyed were somehow guaranteed in their future in spite of there lack of effort.
    As Charlie Brown once said, “I weep for my generation”.
    THAT IS ALL. Say your prayers.

    Gene

    P.S. Try another RV camp next time.

    November 17, 2012
    • A relocating traveler #

      Wow! What judgemental opinions of what seem like shallow and closed minded people. I stayed here on my way from CA to WA and it was very pleasant. They take all precautions during check in to verify and vet guests. There are codes to get into the Springs areas as well as rest rooms and showers. I felt very safe and everyone I encountered was very polite and helpful. I think maybe people should get off there high horses and be tolerant of people who may be just a little different. If You were looking for an overpriced experience with arrogant people that would judge you in the way you seem to judge then you should have gone elsewhere

      September 4, 2018
  2. This place was worth it for the blog material. Safe travels!

    November 23, 2012

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