For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
Southwest Oregon presents itself as a friendly, unpretentious travel destination with three main pleasures: one of the two best-preserved Gold Rush towns in the west, Jacksonville, rivaled only by California's Columbia as a restoration; the most accessible of the eight designated wild and scenic rivers in the west, the Rogue, which you can see via jet boat or raft; and a nationally noted annual drama cycle, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Nearby Crater Lake is also a compelling one-act volcanic play, well worth a visit.
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Crater Lake National Park might be called the tour-de -orce national park. It is Oregon's great one-act play, a volcanic crater left over from a major eruption.