Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

I wanted to share a few more photos taken at Manito Park.

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I took this photo of Mirror Pond, facing east.  I took a walk in the park during a cold winter day.  The pond is on the NW side of the park.  I wondered if it is thick enough for people to ice skate there.

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I took a photo of this pretty orchid in the Gaiser Conservatory.    The conservatory is located in the middle of the park.

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I love these cedar trees.  There are lots of them around the park.  This was on a path from the Japanese garden heading toward the Rose garden.

You can check out the other post I wrote about Manito park:

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/manito-park-spokane-wa/

Here is a post I wrote about the Conservatory Holiday Lights event:

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/gaiser-conservatory-holiday-lights-manito-park-spokane-wa/

Hope you enjoyed these photos. If you are in Spokane, come check it out.  It is lovely in the winter but must be amazing in spring, summer and fall. There is a cafe open in the summer and they have free summer concerts. 

Here is a link for more information about the park, including a list of summer concerts and a great interactive map:

https://my.spokanecity.org/parks/major/manito/

Thanks for visiting my blog, liking posts, commenting and following. I appreciate you joining me on these walks. I keep you all in mind as a explore!

Love, katelon

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Mirabeau Point Park and More!

A few weeks ago I decided to explore Mirabeau Point Park, Mirabeau Meadows and Mirabeau Springs.  The location is in Spokane Valley, WA, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway.  The park itself is 55.51 acres, Mirabeau meadows is 10 acres, Mirabeau Springs is 7. 5 acres and Discovery playground is 1.5 acres.  There are paved, graveled, and natural trails all through the park.  The meadows have picnic tables and a covered shelter, parking , a stage and restrooms.  The playground has parking, picnic tables, covered shelters, a restroom and an outside classroom. Mirabeau Springs has a 40 foot waterfall and pond, a viewing dock, and a sheltered picnic table.

This is my favorite place here in Spokane, so far, to explore.  I love that even though roads and commercial buildings are right next to it, when you are on the trails, it feels like you are out in nature.  I hiked on the trails before the snow and after snow.  At first I wondered if I’d get lost but the trails intersect so smoothly and you can get your bearings so easily, that it leaves you free to just wander and not be concerned.  The area is very clean, too. I’m not a city person, so it is wonderful to have something so close to visit that makes it seem as if I’m out in some forest.  Given that it is winter, there were few other people there, too. 

It is just across the street from access to the Centennial Trail, a 37.5 mile long trail that stretches from the border of Idaho to west of downtown Spokane.  I have walked some on that trail and even though it runs alongside the Spokane River, it feels more manicured to me, and I could hear the sounds of the freeway.  Somehow, while hiking around Mirabeau Point park, I couldn’t hear the freeway sounds.  But it is nice that you can just cross Mirabeau parkway and access the long trail or go down to the river and enjoy that.   Many of the trails are ADA accessible. 

Here are some photos. You can click on them to enlarge them. I took all of them on my Samsung Galaxy phone.

Here is a photo of the springs and pond, frozen in the winter.

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Here is a view from Centennial Trail:

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And a couple more photos of the park:

When I explored on icy/snowy trails, I just stuck to the side of the trails to avoid the ice, and when scrambling up and down the natural trails, I just crouched down to grab hold of rocks along the way so I wouldn’t slide.  It’s great fun!

I found this great link where you can download a brochure that shows the walking trails and talks about the geology of the area:

http://laserfiche.spokanevalley.org/weblink8/0/doc/376648/Page1.aspx?cc=1

Here is a link that talks about the park.  Scroll down and you’ll get to Mirabeau Point park:

http://www.spokanevalley.org/content/6836/6910/8099/8625.aspx

And here is a link for the Centennial Trail:

https://www.traillink.com/trail/centennial-trail-state-park/#trail-detail-about

Thanks for joining me on another walk. I hope you are staying warm and dry during this stormy winter weather.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, like it, leave a comment, and follow along on this journey with me!

Love, katelon

My past photos often were of flowers, as during my time in San Diego, there was always something blooming.  I’m in Spokane, WA now and the blooms were gone when I got here.  I’ve had to take photography inspiration from trees, bushes new to me, and winter grasses.  Here are some random photos taken along my walks.  My walks are quite different now as before I was mostly in shorts and sandals.  Now, I’m bundled up with mittens, cap pulled down over my ears, a winter coat and winter boots, walking cautiously to avoid slipping on ice 🙂

I don’t know what kinds of trees/bushes these are, so if you know, please leave the info in the comment section.

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Hope you have enjoyed this post. Thanks for taking the time to visit.  Please join in the conversation and follow along in the journey!

Love, katelon

Manito Park, Spokane, WA

Manito Park began in 1904, with 95 acres donated to the city.  It had began as Montrose Park but the city renamed it.  The word “Manito” is a Native American word meaning “a supernatural force that pervades nature.”

The conservatory was added in 1912.  A new all aluminum conservatory and greenhouses were designed and built in 1974.   The central dome was redesigned and enlarged in 1988. Flowering plant displays are changed throughout the year. Here’s a post I wrote about the holiday display at the conservatory.  katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/…/gaiser-conservatory-holiday-lights-manito-park-spokane-wa

In 1913 a three acre sunken garden was added.  It is now called Duncan Gardens.   I’m sure it is much more colorful when flowers are planted and blooming. 
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photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
Here is a photo of the entrance/approach to Rose Hill.  Rose Hill was developed in the late 1940’s and hold 150 varieties of various roses.  Everything was frozen over when I was there.
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I really liked this stone bridge.  It was built in the early 1930’s.  During the non-winter months there is a loop road that runs under this and allows access to several views and to the Rose Garden. 
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There are many other areas and features of this park. It is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA 99203  If you are in the area come check it out.  There is a playground, a Japanese Garden, a Lilac Garden,  a Perennial Garden, picnic shelters, Mirror Pond, and a little cafe open in the summer.  You can find out more on their website: http://www.manitopark.org/
Thanks for visiting my blog.  Leave a “like”, a comment, or follow along on more walks and journeys.
Love, katelon

 

Wow, I had no idea I hadn’t posted in so long.  My life has been quite stressful and I’m not really connecting to Spokane.  I’ve only been here for two months, but during that time I’ve had two cataract surgeries, along with the stressful living situation I moved into. So needless to say, I have zero sense of belonging here.  I need to be here until late Jan. at least so I’m attempting to get out more and explore.

A local friend mentioned Manito Park, so I decided to check it out.  I’ll post a few photos I took of the park in another post. I wanted to focus this post on the beautiful display at Gaiser Conservatory.  I happily stumbled upon it on Dec. 12th, while walking around the park. I went back to see it again on the 16th as that was its last day.

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

It is located on the southern tip of the park.  Just walking through the doors was heavenly as it was warm and humid, quite the change from the almost freezing temperatures of Spokane.  There was a main little area with a display in the middle, a fountain flowing on the left, plants to the right and ahead.  Then, there is a long room to each side with a middle display row and rows on each side.  All the plants were lit up with holiday lights, along with well placed holiday decorations and statues.  Below are some photos. If you’d like a more detailed look, just click on the photo and it will be enlarged for you.

 

And there’s more….

 

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Manito park is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd. in Spokane, WA.  Here is the website link: http://www.manitopark.org/     So if you are in Spokane, come check it out!

Thanks for visiting my blog and hanging with me through my changes 🙂

Love, katelon

In San Diego, there were always some fall leaves but not really a very obvious fall, So being on this long road trip afforded me some occasional sightings of fall leaves on trees alongside the road or off in the distance and occasionally on trees lining the rare mountains I drove past. Most of the drive was brown, beige and more brown.

I stayed the third night of my long road trip from San Diego to Spokane, in Baker City, OR.  I went for a walk past store fronts to tree lined streets and by a pretty park filled with stunning color.

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Today I went for a long walk in Spokane and enjoyed all the various forms of Fall color along the way:

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I hope you have enjoyed these two walks. Thanks for joining me! I keep you in mind as I explore.

If you like my posts, please let me know….leave a comment, “like” it, or follow and come along for more adventures!

love, katelon

Independence, CA

I just finished a long road trip from San Diego, CA to Spokane, WA.  I divided the trip into 4 days, spending 5 1/2 to 7 hours on the road each day between driving hours and rest/gas stops.  I was led to an eastern route along 15, 215, 395, 95, 84, 90 and a few other numbers thrown in there from time to time.

The first night on the road, I spent at Independence, CA.   When I first drove through town, looking for the Independence Courthouse motel, I thought the town looked deserted, with older buildings.  But the motel provided a nice Walking tour guide to the town, and the next morning I started out early to walk around some before getting into the car and driving for hours.   I’m glad I did as I changed my opinion and valued that the town had decided to maintain its historic buildings and celebrate it rather than tear it down for gloss and tourists.

Independence is the county seat of Inyo county.  It started originally north of town as a camp and then Fort, during the pioneer days,  It is on highway 395, 41 miles southeast of Bishop, CA.  It sits at 3,930 feet, with warm summers, cool winters and high desert landscape.  It is a refueling place for those hiking the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada, is close to Yosemite and Sequoia National Forest, Mt. Whitney, John Muir Wilderness, all along the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west, and Death Valley to the east.  Hiking, fishing and sight seeing abound here.  This town is small with a 2010 population of 669. The town is also close to Manzanar, which was a “relocation” center for Japanese US citizens during World War 2 (ie: internment camp).

Sierra Nevada to the West….

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….and Death Valley and more mountains to the East.

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So come along and I’ll take you on my walk with me,

The Motel ( a sweet, clean, no frills small town motel) is on N. Edwards street, the main street in town.  It is across the street from the Inyo County Courthouse, circa 1922, the 4th courthouse to be used.  The first was lost in the 1872 earthquake, the 2nd destroyed by fire, the third outgrown by the early 1922’s.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I passed this wonderful Victorian looking building. I’m not sure if it is a refurbished historic building or just made to look like one. It was up for lease and it looks like such a great place for a B and B, restaurant, etc.

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Turning right onto W. Market street, I passed by these lovely CA Coastal Live Oak Trees.

 

The next historic site was the home of Mary Austin, circa 1902, still on W. Market St. .   In 1903 she wrote the book ” The Land of Little Rain”, a classic collection of sketches patterned on life between the Sierra Nevada and Death Valley.

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Across the street from that house stands a giant Sequoia, which gets decorated for Christmas each year.

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I continued walking along W. Market and walked by this old Railroad car

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….past this sweet little creek, Independence Creek

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and took this great shot of Onion Valley Road heading into the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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I walked back up W. Market a few blocks and turned right onto N. Webster, then headed east on W. Kearsarge St.  to walk by the Camp Independence Hospital building, reconstructed at its present site in 1887.  Many of these old buildings are now private residences.

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I continued walking east on W. Kearsarge and by the old commercial building now containing the Still Life Cafe.  No restaurants were open the night I was there so it was bring along food for dinner for me.

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And lastly, I stopped to see the oldest building in Independence, the Edwards house , cica 1865, also on W. Market street.  It was originally built with adobe and later covered with siding.

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I took this last photo on my way out of town, another shot of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Hope you enjoyed our walk and your introduction to Independence, CA.  Come check it out! 

If you enjoyed the post, please “like” it and/or leave a comment, and sign up to follow if you’d like to join me on more adventures.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

 

love, katelon

Thanks to Wikipedia and the wonderful “Discover Independence” Walking tour booklet produced by the Independence Civic Club and Friends of the Eastern California Museum.

 

 

I had stayed away from Dog Beach as I’d heard criticism of it as a dog poop infested place.  I wish I had checked it out sooner rather that in the last several weeks of my San Diego stay.  I loved the place.  I had been caring for a small Silkie dog and took her a couple times then went back alone, my last week in San Diego.

The beach is located at the end of Voltaire street, and is at the north end of Ocean beach. There is plenty of parking.  You can access the beach by just walking down to the ocean and following the coast line around, or you can head out north, across a wide stretch of beach and head to the shore of the San Diego river, which runs into the ocean. 

I loved that this beach had more activity on it than other beaches, because of course all the dogs are interacting, or most of them, and people were friendly and respectful.  Some people were swimming with their dogs in the river, playing games of fetch, walking along the ocean and river or just relaxing on the sand as their dogs had fun.

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I’m not sure but I think that the  part of Dog Beach that is next to the San Diego river runs quite a ways east.  I walked it for quite a ways, but not to the end of it.

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There is a barrier that runs along the San Diego River on the North side of it, that separates it from the bay area that opens up to the ocean..  Boats travel on the bay side of the barrier but not the river side.

So if you are vacationing in San Diego, leave your Pacific/Mission beach digs and come check out Dog Beach, Ocean beach area.  And if you are a SD resident, come give it a try. If you walk south along the beach, beyond the dog beach, you will find quaint shops and restaurants.  There are places to stay in Ocean Beach, too, if you desire to stay somewhere different than the normal Mission/Pacific beach areas.

Thanks for joining me on another adventure.  If you like it, let me know with a “like” or comment.  And if you want to read more, please follow me.  Thanks for reading and joining in the fun.

love, katelon

 

 

 

Hello All,

I spotted these condos several years ago and was intrigued with them.  Many of the units have balconies facing the ocean, they are next to the boardwalk, on Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, close to restaurants and shops, have miles of beach and boardwalk to walk/bike/scooter/skateboard and have great energy.

Front of Building next to the boardwalk.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

South side of Condo building. I was on the fourth floor, both balconies east of the corner unit were mine.

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I had been emailing Holly, whose family owns 11 of them, for years.  Wow, what a patient woman!  I’d think I finally was going to have the funds to visit, would write her about availability and nope…not enough funds.  So when I finally decided to treat myself several weeks ago, communicating with her was a breeze.  She immediately emailed back and gave me a list of what was available, what dates they were available and the details on each condo available each week. Once I’d made a decision on the week, she sent me numerous pictures of the place.
  Check in was a breeze.  Holly remained helpful throughout the stay, even allowing I and another couple to visit other vacating condos at the end of the week, so we could check out the differences between them and make notes of favorites for a return visit.  Many visitors return year after year.  The other woman stated that Holly had been quite patient with her, too, while she requested photos of condo after condo so she could make a decision about which to rent.  The price is great compared to many of the beach rentals.

Here I am just arriving, in a rare selfie.  You can see the colorful dining table, white leather couch, new ceiling fan, and a reflection of the entry way in the mirrored living room wall.

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Here are a few photos of the pretty King size bed, in the Master bedroom.  The colors of the condo and decor were all beachy turquoise and white.  I’m picky about beds, and travel with foam if I’m in my car and this bed was so comfy, it was great without it.  It was soothing to sleep with the sound of the ocean right outside my room and to sit in bed and see the ocean out the window and sliding glass door. There’s a photo of the dresser, and the SW facing balcony.  The combo tub/shower bathroom and closet were next to the bedroom.

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Here’s a photo of a peek into the full kitchen. It had a window opening to the corridor and courtyard. The courtyard has a Jacuzzi, and lounge chairs facing the boardwalk and ocean.  The photo also again shows the cute dining room table and living room. There was a broom closet, a wet bar area, fully stocked kitchen with all you’d need to cook with, and each room had it’s own TV.  There is a balcony off the living room, too.

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The second bedroom had two twins that could be made up as a king bed, a closet filled with boogie boards, sand toys, a beach umbrella, coolers, and there were beach towels, too….all you’d need for your fun in the sun.  The second bathroom had a shower. 

On the north side of the buildings was Kono’s for breakfast or lunch. The food is inexpensive, tastes great and there is always a line, but it moves quickly. Kono’s has patios you can sit on outside, inside tables and there is grass outside to the west, too.  The pier is right to the west for strolling or fishing.

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A few store fronts to the east of Kono’s, is Pacific Bean.  It won the coffee taste test over Starbucks.  The Barista was a very friendly young Italian man.  I had a Mexican Chocolate coffee that came with chocolate whipped cream. Yum!!!

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And of course, here’s the beach you come to San Diego to enjoy!

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https://www.vrbo.com/137301ha#ownerprofile

You won’t be disappointed.  I ran into a couple women who had rented one of the other condos from Airbnb, had paid more than I had paid and they didn’t have a view. The owner hadn’t even oriented them to the laundry room and other features of the complex. There is garage parking, elevators and two sand showers in the garage, one on each side.  It is a secure building.

Thanks for reading and joining me on this trip.  If you liked reading this, “like” it, leave a comment and join in the conversation, and sign up to follow the blog for more walks, adventures, reviews and special places 🙂

Love, katelon

 

 

 

 

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I went to Moonlight Beach 3 times during my 3 day trip to Encinitas, CA.  It was only a 12 min. walk from where I was staying.   It’s a pretty active beach with a playground for kids, volley ball nets and games going on much of the time. There is a concession stand, a lifeguard building and lifeguard towers strung along the beach.  The beach is approached by Encinitas Blvd with parking in the neighborhood and a parking lot up above the beach to the SE of it.  Houses to the North and South of the beach have steep stairs that go down the cliffs there.  You can walk along the beach to the North and South but be careful with the tides so you don’t get trapped  by the water.

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A closer look at the reflection in the water 🙂

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There were several programs going on for children, on the shoreline, and on the beach. There were surfing lessons going on, too.

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The volley ball courts were in full use every time I went, except for early morning.

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I liked this mural next to the Lifeguard building.

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In the same building of the concession stand were men’s and women’s bathrooms, with room to change as well. There were showers on the beach to wash off the sand.  I like how family and user friendly this beach is in all ways.  If you are in Encinitas, come check it out.

If you want to read parts 1 and 2 of this series, here ore the links:

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/trip-to-encinitas-ca-1-come-along/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/self-realization-fellowship-gardens-encinitas-2/

Thanks for coming along on my trip. If you enjoyed it, “like” it, or leave a comment. If you’d like to join in the adventure, I’d love to have you follow my blog.

Much love, katelon

 

 

 

 

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