After leaving Portland, I headed south to Medford, Oregon, where my friends, Dan and Tanisha live. I had worked at Starbucks with Dan when I lived in Nashville. He had always said I should set my novel, “Decaf For The Dead” in Ashland, which is 30 minutes away from him. So my trip to visit him and his wife was part business. I focused a lot on writing the new novel and getting a feel for the small area of Oregon.
The foliage was beautiful in Ashland, and I enjoyed exploring Lithia Park as well as seeing two plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was fortunate enough to score press tickets so I could review the plays in Half Full. The town is filled with antiques and old bookstores. Dan says it kind of has a creepy feel, and while I think it is quite a charming and quaint city, I could definitely see how it might feel haunted, especially on an overcast day.
I needed this week to reflect and replenish, especially after Portland — which had me quite busy, and a little under the weather, as well as surprised that I didn’t want to move there! I needed to regain my fervor for travel, and prepare for the last 3 big cities I will be seeing in October: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas!
Cali, here I come!