The Ashland Road Trip, Part 3

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Well here’s the final installment of the great Nathan/Robert road-trip to Ashland!

Lots of stuff in this final part: interviews with wildlife, my hiking expedition up and around Pilot Rock, and just a few comments on what turned out to be an intense drive home. And a bunch of photos follow the videos.

It was an amazing trip and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to go: saw 4 shows (for FREE), met lots of cool people (for FREE), walked around, hung out at a lake, and just really relaxed. Glad I had the chance to do that before I got back to LA and really kicked things into high gear towards my next big project (that being the whole life-change thing coming up in November and beyond in 2011…).

First vid – Ok, I’m not kidding – these deer were everywhere. And always in this person’s front yard, too – I wonder if they just gave up chasing them off…

#2 – I made it to a comfortable stopping point on Pilot Rock. I can’t think of the last time I climbed this high – and it wasn’t easy. Many times I had to be really careful about where I was stepping next so I didn’t go sliding off the mountain. And when I was sitting way up on the edge, I started to think, “what if this whole side just breaks away….” Irrational? Possibly. But either way, I made my way towards more secure ground quickly.

#3 – A quick glimpse into how I got over to the side of the Rock I was sitting on. Talk about a rush going across. And going down involved LOTS of baby steps…and sliding. And now I know – my Sean Connery impression – not the greatest :-)

#4 – I was really impressed with Caitlin & Robert making it to the top. I probably could have done it, but looking up and seeing what I did accomplish, I had no regrets. I was happy with the day. Not to mention, absolutely exhausted when we got home. It was probably a 3-hour hike. Just a bit different from the little walking I’ve been doing in LA…

#5 – Well, the trip has come to an end and we’re back on the road, but not without a few unexpected events. Unbelievably, we still made it home in about 10.5 hours. I thought driving to Ashland in one day was insane, but it’s really not that bad if you just make quick stops. Definitely doable.

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Yup, just your regular backyard animals…
Same dancers, new costumes! :-)

Caitlin, Robert & I in the outdoor theatre before “Henry IV, pt. 1”

En route to Pilot Rock, we took a few detours. At least this one had some wild turkeys on it…

On my travels around the rock, came across this sign – very cool

Not a bad view from up here

A bit worried with my camera up here, but it was worth it!

Just amazing how high I was and how far I could see

View up to the summit – looks just crazy

Robert & I – let’s just call this the summit (looks like it could be, right?)

those love birds…

hey, who took this candid photo – oh wait – me! :-)

sadly, not a tan line – you get a little dirty while hikin’
the Brel program was so cool!

the outdoor theatre – beginning of “Merchant of Venice”

we spent most of our nights at this restaurant, and conveniently, it’s right on the campus of OSF!
the housemates for 5 days: me, Mariel, Caitlin & Robert