Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!


Liberty Lake Regional Park consists of 3, 591 acres of wetlands, lake shore, montane forest and irrigated lawns. This is a photo of the lake and swimming beach. All photos were taken by me. Join me on this walk!

There is a grassy area, next to the parking area, that has a playground, picnic shelters and BBQ areas.

There are many miles of trails, including the 8.3 mile Liberty Lake Loop trail.

There is an RV site, with hook ups, as well as regular campgrounds with showers and restrooms. These are in two different areas of the park.

There are even a couple cabins to rent.

As you hike on the trails you will pass wetlands.

You will pass by several beaver dams.

A turtle on a log.

Some pretty wild plants. I don’t know the name of these. If you do, please share in the comment section below.

Next to the large park, there is a 350 acre off road vehicle park with 16 miles of trails. Memorial day through Labor Day, there is a $2 per person fee for ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free. You can also purchase a Family season pass and non-profit rates are available, too. The campgrounds are open in a pre-season and post season, along with the summer season and reservations can be made for RV, tent and cabins online. This website has all the details:
https://www.spokanecounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Liberty-Lake-Regional-Park-39
So if you are in the area, please check it out. The park is close to Liberty Lake town, with supplies available. It isn’t far from the I-90 freeway.

Thanks for joining me on the walk and taking the time to visit my blog!
Love, katelon

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I’ve been visiting lovely Coeur d’Alene, ID and love its beauty, friendliness, art scattered all about, and how easy it is to get around and explore the town and area.  Here are some random shots taken on my walks.

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The name “Coeur d’Alene” means “Heart of the Awl” , in French. The town was settled by French Trappers and they found the local natives to have tough trading practices. Heart of the Awl means Sharp-hearted.  This sculpture stands outside the visitors center on Sherman Ave.

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This B and B and event center, Roosevelt Inn, was the first schoolhouse, originally built in 1905. It is located at 105 E. Wallace Ave. , a few blocks north of Sherman, the main downtown street.

These stunning feather sculptures are located on Northwest Blvd. just south of the I-90 freeway. 

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If you walk west of the feather sculptures, you come to the Village of Riverstone, with condos, restaurants, stores and other businesses.  West of that is a man-made little lake, at Riverstone Park. There is a fountain, restrooms, a playground, benches and scupltures scattered around the park and lake. This whimsical sculpture caught my eye.

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West of that is a paved trail, Centennial Trail, that extends from Spokane, WA to CDA and a little southwest of it.  West of that trail is a gravel trail, and if you scramble down a ways west, you can find this little trail right next to the Spokane River.  It only goes south a ways until you come to the recently built homes and dock there.

Thanks for joining me on my journey and taking the time to read my blog!

Love, katelon

Spring Flowers!

Fall was always my favorite season but after making it through a dark, snowy and wet Pacific Northwest winter, I’m enjoying the benefits of spring.  Being in San Diego, I got used to flowers all year long but in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor flowers were non-existent.  So here are some photos I took, with my Samsung phone, of various flowering trees, bushes and planted flowers.  I only know the names of some of them, so if anyone knows their names, please share!

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These plants are Arrowleaf Balsamroot, scattered over the hillsides on Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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This is soft new growth on a Western Larch tree, at the east entrance to Tubbs Hill. I often touch or feel trees, flowers and plants as I walk, and speak to them.  I trust they have spirits 🙂

These are blooms on a beautiful flowering tree.

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I was told that these are called Pom rhododendrons.  They are on a large bush.

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These photos were taken over several walks.  The beauty that is all around us is stunning…..in yards, in the sky, growing through cracks in a sidewalk…..!  It is all there for us if we take the time to see it and take it in!

Thanks for taking the time to join me on my journey!

Love, katelon

It’s so wonderful to see new life as eggs are laid, and babies are born.  Here is a collection of photos I took of some Geese, ducks, a Turkey and I’m not sure what, along my walks.

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Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese with goslings.

Female Mallard duck and some of her ducklings.

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I’m not sure what kind of duck this is, laying on her eggs.  Anyone know?

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I’ve never seen a goose like this, with the strange thing above the beak. Does anyone know what kind it is?

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And lastly…a wild turkey.  I’ve been seeing wild turkeys for months now.

Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

Love, katelon

 

 

 

Coeur d’Alene is filled with art.  Along the downtown streets utility boxes are painted, and there are many outdoor sculptures.  Along the Centennial Trail and in parks there are big outdoor sculptures.  Next to parking lots there are big sculptures.  Here are some I found:

Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Here are just a few of the painted utility boxes.  The Moose is a favorite here in town. There are Moose sculptures in the park, a Moose sculpture on top of a local commercial building, and various Moose sculptures scattered around to signal the Moose trail that leads to and over Tubbs hill and around other areas.

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This is a sculpture of Chief Morris Antelope, a Chief of one of the local tribes.  This sculpture is along the Centennial trail heading west, just before Hwy 95 crosses it.  This is next to the Spokane River.

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This carved Eagle is in the city park, next to the lake and Centennial trail. You can see Tubbs Hill in the background and also the Rotary Bandstand mentioned in my previous CDA post (link at the bottom).

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This sculpture is next to an art gallery and parking lot. I’m not sure if it is a big bunny or what 🙂

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This lyrical sculpture is next to Tubbs Hill, the lake, and lake front grass area that is between Coeur d”Alene resort and the library.  The area has basketball courts, a dog park, a playground, wooden bench swings, and lovely paths to walk.

You can check out my previous CDA post here:
https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/lovely-coeur-dalene-idaho/

So if you are in the area, come check out this gem of a city.  There are numerous lakes north of here, wonderful parks, lots of art, friendly people, and many beautiful places to explore in and around the area.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and like it. Please join the conversation and leave a comment.  Thanks for joining me on my walks and journey!

Love, katelon

On a visit to lovely Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, I walked along the lake following the Centennial Trail both east and west of downtown.  From the west, the trail follows the river, goes past the University, the city park, Coeur d’Alene resort and marina, the library, through neighborhoods and then next to the golf course, the East part of the CDA resort, past another marina and on.  What I’ve enjoyed most about these walks, besides the beauty of the landscape, is how friendly everyone is, from young to old, with most people smiling or saying hello.  This is quite different than my experience in Spokane, WA.    So….join me on this walk and take in the beauty along with me!

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photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This is the Sherman Fort Chapel, built in 1880.  There are other original buildings on the North Idaho College campus.  This one is next to it.

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This is a view from the trail, looking south to Coeur d’Alene Lake.

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The Rotary Bandstand is in the city park. I found this wonderful sign on a wall of the bandstand.

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This is a part of the marina.  On the left of the photo you can see a bit of Tubbs Hill, a wonderful hill with trails.  You can access this hill from the west side, seen here and the east side. 

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This was taken on the trail of Tubbs Hill that I had accessed from the East trailhead.  It is wonderful to hike as it is short, right next to the downtown and yet it feels like you are miles away from a town.  I just noticed the heart shaped light area showing among the shadows on the trail.  🙂

These sweet reflection photos were taken along the trail east of downtown.

Thanks for joining me on this walk.  Come check out this wonderful town.  I love that it is small, easy to get around, has many restaurants, little shops, art galleries, and during the summer months there are many concerts. 

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

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

 

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