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Manito Park in the Summertime!

Manito Park is a beautiful 90 acre park in Spokane, WA. A few days ago I took a long walk around the park. I hadn’t been there since wintertime, and everything was covered in snow then. So join me as I walk from the NE parking lot counter clockwise around and through the park. I took all these photos on my Samsung phone.

We first come to Mirror Pond. Last time I saw it, it was frozen.

Next we come to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden. This isn’t open in the winter. It is a nice place to sit and meditate.

Then we walk up a hill to Rose Hill. It has a Gazebo and a couple other roman looking structures, along with benches to sit on.

Walking down from Rose hill, walking south, leads us to Duncan Garden, a more formal garden setting with another Gazebo, fountains, and these lovely arches to talk through on the east and west sides.

North of Duncan Gardens is Gaiser Conservatory. During the winter Holiday season it is filled with holiday plants and many colored lights. Below you’ll find a link to a holiday post I did.

And lastly, we come to my favorite, the Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden.

The park has two playgrounds, numerous paths, many benches, and during part of the year a cafe is open with outdoor tables for seating. No matter what season, there are many gardens and plants, much beauty and peaceful spots for walking, running or just sitting and contemplating all that nature offers us.

Here are three more posts I’ve done on Manito Park:

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

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

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/more-manito-park-spokane-wa/
And here’s a link to go for more info about the park:

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

Thanks for joining me on this walk. If you are in the area, come check it out. There is always something to see, no matter the season.

love, katelon

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Liberty Lake Regional Park, Liberty Lake, WA


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

Random Photos from around Coeur d’Alene, ID

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

More Manito Park, Spokane, WA

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

Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights, Manito Park, Spokane, WA

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….

 

and more….

 

and lastly…

 

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

Dog Beach, Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

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

 

 

 

See the Sea Condo Vacation Rentals

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

 

 

 

 

Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, CA Trip #3

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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

 

 

 

 

Trip to Encinitas, CA #1…Come Along!

Last week, I took a 3 day, 3 night trip to Encinitas, CA. I’d stayed there a few years ago and loved it, needed to get away, so I went….come along and see the sights!

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This lovely flower arrangement spells out Encinitas, and is in front of a restaurant on the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and the coast highway, 101, that goes through the part of town called “The Village”.

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This beautiful mural was on the side of the above mentioned restaurant.

I did a lot of walking, checking out stores, a few restaurants, a natural food store, walked to the Self Realization Fellowship gardens, planted by Yogananda, and down to Moonlight beach. I’ll be posting blog posts about Moonlight Beach and the gardens.

I chose to stay at the Best Western Moonlight Beach hotel and was glad I did. It had a pretty healthy, and extensive free breakfast, a pretty pool, VERY cushy bed and pillows (And I”m very picky about wanting comfy beds and pillows), and I could even see the ocean from the corner of my patio.  The hotel is up on a hill, but only a short 12 min. walk to the beach and just 1 1/2 blocks from the coast highway and the village commerce.  I walked to the gardens from there, too, even though the gardens are in the south side of the village.  The natural food store, with a great soup/salad/taco bar/hot foods offering, was only a block away, too.

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To the north of the hotel, across the street, was a lovely park, with trails, a playground, covered areas with tables, and barbecues, and nice grassy areas.

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Walking along the sidewalk into the village I passed these bright electrical boxes.

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On the way to Moonlight state beach, I passed this magical garden.  I couldn’t figure out if it was a community thing, next to a hostel so part of that, or what. If anyone has any information, please let me know.  This Welcome Garden took up a fairly large area, 1/2 block in length. It was planted with desert plants and had hundreds of painted rocks, painted by various individuals. 

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You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

I hope you have enjoyed this walk. I appreciate you coming along.  Please join in the conversation with a “like” and/or comment, and sign up to follow if you’d like to see more about Encinitas, and my other walks and adventures. 

Encinitas is about 30 min. north of San Diego, on the coast. Come check it out.

Love, katelon

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