Yesterday (Wed.) we remained at the Inn about 30 miles from Ashland. In the morning we went hiking, including a stretch on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and in the afternoon we drove in to Ashland and walked around the little town. It is strictly touristy at least in the summer, with one little shop after another, including two actual bookstores! To me there is nothing like walking into a bookstore, picking up one book after another and reading the jacket cover to learn what it is about. I hope they never get run out of business by online stores and electronic books. Every individual has their own reasons for preferring one or another, but I remain committed to actual paper books.
The thing about touristy towns is that they are all alike, probably all over the world. The best thing is the lack of chain stores and malls that carry the same chains as every other mall. The worst is that the merchandise, while usually unique and beautiful, is high priced, and you get the feeling everyone is out to take your money (which they are). I liked Ashland ok and may even go back some day, but I didn't get that "homey" feeling that I've gotten with a few small towns I've been in.
Today (Thurs) we drove to Gold Beach, OR which is an absolutely great little stretch of beach/town. The view from our Lodge is of the Pacific and the water is separated from the lodge and cottages by a stretch of dunes/sea grass. The kids loved playing on the sand and in the cold ocean. Donald actually got into the water! I sat back away from it all and watched. I must say I think the ocean is lovely, but would rather be next to a river. I'm also not at all crazy about the sand, but I'm glad I got to see it. There are a great deal of activities in the surrounding area to keep adults and children busy.
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Jeannie noticed a sign in the office here that said something to the effect of "Gold Beach: We're a drinking town with a bit of a fishing problem!"