Summer

Ashland summer fun

So Addie and I were out walking again this morning, and today is a gorgeous day. A little hot, and later I went running and had to stop early because the sun was beating me up, but otherwise today is very cheerful. Ashland really seems to be running on all cylinders now.

We were here first in November, and saw the final week or so of the Shakespeare Festival. And then the whole town felt like it went to sleep. It was sort of nice, I thought, but maybe that's because I have a slight aversion to crowds. And since March it's been picking up again but finally now in June the whole town feels alive. Probably because school is finally out so everyone is on summer break now.

Anyway, we saw quite a few nice things to do today so I wanted to point them out as classically fun things to do on a summer Saturday in Ashland. Fun thing #1:

Get some crepes. Sit outside and eat them.

Get some crepes. Sit outside and eat them.

Kelly's Crepes looks new, certainly in the last few weeks, and I'm not sure if it is a summer pop-up or if they just have a seasonal schedule. They are at 5th and A street and look to be quite popular already.

Fun thing #2:

A garage sale on Oak street

A garage sale on Oak street

My wife has been having fun going to garage sales around here with my mother-in-law. She says the prices are great, the people are fun and she's found lots of great stuff for Addie. It feels like pretty much every time we have a nice day a few garage sales pop up around town.

And finally fun thing #3:

Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown Ashland.

Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown Ashland.

A good selection of fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers, and pastries.

A good selection of fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers, and pastries.

We love to support local farmers whenever possible.

We love to support local farmers whenever possible.

The downtown Farmer's Market started up in May (I think) and it is now in full swing. Get there early if you want one of the rhubarb pies because they always seems to run out. They run from 9am to 1pm.

Ok, gotta go, there's a deer having a baby in my yard.

Paddle Boarding on Emigrant Lake

So my wife's father is in town, and he is staying with his partner in a little Casita that they are towing behind their van. They set up on Emigrant lake for two weeks so we went to visit them this past weekend. It was a hot and sunny day so we decided to do some stand up paddle boarding. It was a lot of fun, and I would certainly do it again. It was made a bit more difficult by all of the other boats on the lake. Those waves will get you. My wife thought it was a fun challenge to handle those waves but man it knocked me over more than I would have liked. But I worked it out in the end.

My wife, my brother in law, and me putting the boards in the water.

My wife, my brother in law, and me putting the boards in the water.

Standing up takes a certain amount of balance.

Standing up takes a certain amount of balance.

Here comes one of those pesky boats.

Here comes one of those pesky boats.

A view of the lake from the RV site.

A view of the lake from the RV site.

We had a great time. This is our first summer in Ashland and it is exciting to start looking at all of the outdoor activities that we have within a short drive. They also rent kayaks at Emigrant Lake so I might have to try that also. Someone please open up a cafe on the lake so we have somewhere to paddle to. 

A special thanks to Grandpa Perry for taking some great photos!

EDIT:

Jo sent me this link from hobbyhelp.com, if you need some info on getting started with paddle boarding.