Our bus left Eugene at 8:00 a.m. and headed south on I-5. We enjoyed a coffee break at the rest area just north of Roseburg, resumed travel and arrived at Jacksonville about 11:30 a.m. The group of 24 had lunch on our own. Several of us rode the trolley tour and saw the creek where gold was discovered, heard the stories of the two town bells, and enjoyed the historic brick buildings of the town center and residences.
We checked into a Medford Best Western Motel for an afternoon rest, then left for dinner and exploration of Ashland. A contemporary band provided a concert on the green in front of the Elizabethan Theater. Our play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, was a production full of color- from the costumes, to the projected lighting, to the groups of intertwining characters and sub-plots. Thoroughly enjoyable and done with verve.
Though our theater night did not get us back to the motel until about 11:30 pm, our group was loading and ready to go at 8:45 am. We visited three spectacular Rogue River parks, lunched at Annie Creek Restaurant, and entered Crater Lake National Park. Our visit to Crater Lake was brief, but we saw the lake at its stunning best.
We exited Crater Lake Park through the north entrance and traveled the North Umpqua Highway with a pie and ice cream stop at the Steamboat Inn. We arrived back at the Shopko parking lot at a little after 6:00 pm.
Attending were:Members: Verna Kocken, Thomas Adamcyk, Bill Arthur, Don Baldwin, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Paula Beard, Mary Lee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsforth, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, Marge Hislop, Patricia Jeffries, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Liz Reanier, Mary Ellen West. Nonmembers: Judy Adamcyk, Betty Dickerman, Edith Pattee, Robert Pattee, Terri Pattee, Judy Phelps, Jan Sears.
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