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Outdoor Art in Coeur d’Alene, ID

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:

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

Lovely Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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. 

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….


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



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.


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.


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.


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


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


….past this sweet little creek, Independence Creek


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


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.


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.


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.



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


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

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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.



Musicians at Old Town, San Diego, CA

I was in Old Town a week or so ago and saw these Musician sculptures in the patio at Bazaar Del Mundo.  If you are in San Diego, come check out Old Town, Bazaar Del Mundo and all the other historic and fun shops, restaurants, music and sights.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment or a “like” and come back and visit again 🙂


Love, katelon




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Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA

Hello All!  A few weeks ago, I finally made it to Chicano Park. I had read about it in another wordpress blog, Cool San Diego Sights. The art work fascinated me.  I love art so wanted to see the outdoor murals but also since I grew up in Southern AZ, I’ve always been close to the Latino community.  I worked with Central American Refuges starting in 1986 and ending in near the end of 1997, so am sensitive to the plight of immigrants, and had been since childhood.
I hope that all who visit the area can check out this beautiful art work and feel all the dedication behind it.  The park has quite the history.  It arose out of the invasion of industry that took over Barrio Logan and ended with the San Diego Coronado bridge being built in the middle of the Barrio, leaving gigantic concrete support pylons and on ramps in its wake.  This is a great website that talks about the history, has photos of the various murals, more information and other links to go to as well.
The park is now 7.9 acres and includes a skate park, playgrounds, picnic tables, various community buildings and the largest outdoor mural collection in the country.  On April 22nd every year, Chicano Park day is celebrated to commemorate the day the militant, but non-violent, people’s land take over that led to the city and state finally agreeing to let the community make something beautiful where this concrete monster had taken over their Barrio.
I took many photos so this subject will take two posts!
The first photo states “All the Way to the Bay”.   The Barrio used to extend all the way to the bay but then the bay was taken over by the Navy and defense industries.


This mural states ” Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love” Che Guveara.


The next two photos are part of the same structure.
This mural is titled “The Undocumented Worker”.  At the base it states : “A contemporary story through symbolism. Read the painting from the bottom to the top.  I. The immigration helicopters looking for the undocumented worker who is already a part of the landscape.  People are caught and put in boxes on display. II. The road and the fence. Two realities of movement: To be caught and eaten by the border guards (monsters) or to fall from the sun’s heat like Icarus. III. After crossing the border we possess two hearts. One on fire for the homeland. The other of water for the river. We are bodies without faces. Monsters and disaster follow us through the mountains. Our struggle turns to flames.  IV.  Change is not a dream. We can leap over history and monsters. Not even the stars are out of reach. V.  Barrios, walls and fences must be moved. Must be broken down. Between countries. Between people. Between neighborhoods.”



Throughout the park there are images that reflect all the cultures that make up the Chicano culture.


This next mural states ” The V in Barrio symbolizes victory over environmental conditions. ! Varrio Si Yonkes No! (yonkes is the word for junkyards, as junkyards took over the Barrio along with other industrialization) Represents the intent of our community to take back our environment from industry.  With the uplifting of the Barrio, the people as well must be uplifted, or the Renaissance is not complete.  Los Vatos Al Varrio.
This mural states it was painted in 1977 and gives the list of artists.


This is another mural that shows the struggle of the immigrant worker and the fight for justice.  In the background you can see the Strength Thru Unity mural.


This next mural states: “Ya Basta!  The schools are not teaching us.  Over 50% of us Chicanos are pushed out of school.  If we want to make it, we have to surrender our language.  They want to make us coconuts – brown on the outside and white on the inside.”


Here’s  a very colorful one….Parque Chicano.


The next one is a San Diego Community Project. It was created on 4-23-93 the day that Cesar Chavez died.  On the cross beams it states “Para Raza” and “Humana/Paz” and “Justica” and lastly ” We are not a minority”.  The mural also honors Chicano Park artist Roger Lucero 1953-1992. I took photos of two of the other sides and the cross beams.  One states “Stop the Violence”.




This next mural was done by Lowell muralists on April 22, 1983.


I’m not sure what group this next mural is depicting.  The link above leads to a full description of each mural and its artists.


And lastly,  I’ll share the “Hasta La Bahia” mural.


Here is a statue of General Emiliano Zapata, 8/8/1879 – 4/10/1919, who was instrumental in the Mexican Revolution.


Hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. While there I was walking around just wowed by the artists and the beauty they created within a mass of concrete.  I hope you get a chance to come check it out yourself. There are many more murals. I’ll be back with more photos!







Mingei Museum – Craft Exhibit

Weeks ago,  I went to the Mingei Museum, at Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. They had this wonderful display entitled ” Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States.”.  It was a wonderful display and I have some photos to share with you.  Please come check it out if you are in the area.  February is 1/2 off museum month and you can pick up a pass at any Macy’s store during the month of Feb..

I also went to the Museum of Art and loved their “The Art of Music” exhibit.

Here are some photos I took:

The first one is a “Signature Quilt”.


Here is a close up view. I thought perhaps each person had signed the quilt piece and then the signature was embroidered, but then realized that the penmanship was the same for all the signatures.


The next quilt is another signature quilt.



The third quilt is another signature quilt made by Elizabeth Dorks Nettle in 1891.



Next is a photo of an Oglala Lakota Beaded Vest made in 1928 at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  And a beaded cradle board made by Todd Yellow Cloud in 1993, at Pine Ridge.


This lovely Navajo Yei’s Vessel was made by Mary Holiday Black, in 2007, in Monument Valley.


This is a Navajo rug made in 1910-1920, “Corn with Birds.” The Dough bowl is a late 20th century beauty made at the Santa Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. 


This is just a small sampling of this extensive exhibit, plus, there are several other exhibits at the museum, so come check it out.







Presidio Park and Serra Museum

April 30th, I explored parts of Presidio Park and the Serra Museum. The museum wasn’t open so I walked around it, taking pictures of it. I found out later that it is only open on the weekends right now. I hope you enjoy these photos!

In 1769, a Spanish Franciscan missionary, along with a group of soldiers led by Gaspa de Portola established Alta California, at this site.  This was the first mission and fort (Presidio) established in CA and is considered the site where San Diego began. I also read reports that stated it was the first site to establish California. The mission was moved in 1773 to another site east of here, as it had a more ready access to water.  Presidio park consists of 40 acres.

This land was originally the home of the Kumeyaay Indians, who strongly resisted Christianity. They gave up their land and the mission and fort were built. There was a battalion of Mormons who arrived in San Diego, in 1847, to help the military.  They brought with them irrigation knowledge and brick making knowledge and helped create more friendly relations with the Indians and other indigenous cultures.

In 1928-1929, the Serra Museum was built to house and showcase the collections of the San Diego History Center.  William Templeton Johnson, the architect, chose the Spanish revival architecture to align with the buildings designed in Balboa Park for the Panama-California exposition.  The History Center was started by George Marston, a local business owner and philanthropist, who built the museum and donated it and the land to the city. In 1982 the San Diego History Center moved to Balboa park and now the Serra Museum is used as an auxiliary museum and educational center.  The museum is also rented out for various events.

The park and the museum have a history of paranormal activity and hauntings and this interesting site has some links to that information:

Here are some pictures of the museum:

The east side, the north side, and the long view of the southwest and west side looking north:


View west from the museum (ocean in the distance),  and the view of the west side of the museum.



Here’s an old wine press, and a view of the walkway on the west with views to the northeast:


Here’s a plaque about the museum, on the west side, and one at the entrance, recognizing George Marston:


This is a cross commemorating Father Junipero Serra with the date 7/16/1769:


And two lovely sculptures made by Arthur Putnam, The Padre, which is close to the parking lot and another sculpture that is on the north side of Presidio Drive as you drive up toward the museum:


As you drive further up, there is an area that commemorates the men and women of the Mormon Battalion:




As I hiked up the hill from the parking lot and lower two statues, toward the Mormon area, I spied 3 rabbits and this beautiful Eucalyptus tree:


All in all, even though I didn’t get into the museum, it was a lovely walk, with hills to climb. I’ve heard that the hiking/walking trails in the area are wonderful, too, and there are picnic tables in some areas, plus lots of grass to lay down on for rest and reading.

So come check it out!!!

Campo, CA

My entire almost 13 month journey has been guided.  Sometimes I was led to areas or homes via friends I wanted to see; sometimes through my barter for housing ads on craigslist and whichever town/person responded that felt correct, that’s where I went; sometimes it was through friends asking friends; and more rarely, it was through getting a hotel room for a night or two or a room in a B and B.  And…I had one couch surfing experience..but we won’t talk about that 🙂 But it has been really clear to me that each person and place I’ve been led to involved healing work…sometimes overtly and sometimes covertly.

One of my clients whom I connected with led me to stay with her friend in Campo, CA, which is a little over an hour southeast of San Diego, almost to the Mexican border. My host is care-taking a small farm and there was available space in an empty (and I mean empty) house that was set to be re-done. So….I’ve been camping out in the this room for almost 6 weeks, sharing meals with the host in his trailer, sometimes taking care of the animals, sometimes going for walks and bringing healing to the land.

This land used to have Native Americans on it, and there is still some reservation land near here.  These natives’ spirits that were on this land were unhappy and felt like they had failed to protect their people better in the past.  The land has been neglected and there was much sadness in the earth. So a psychic friend led me to do healing for the land.

I have been waiting for a project of mine to come to fruition  so that I could return to San Diego and finish up things there, then leave to go settle in CO.  So, it has been interesting that Spirit led me here.  It is quite a small town with only a little commerce and the locals like it that way.  There are some people who move out here for cheaper housing costs and they commute to town for work. Others come here for ranching and farming or just to get away.  There is quite an extensive train museum here.

It has been very isolated though as even my phone doesn’t get reception here, internet has been slow and intermittent, and  I’ve spent much time alone. Due to the isolation, I didn’t really promote my work here or online either as the phone connection is so awful.  But I can see how it gave me time to be away from clients, friends, events, places to go, and kept me tethered while I finished up the inner work and spiritual work I am doing right now on so many levels as I prepare to move on to my deeper work for the future.

I wanted to take the time to post some photos of this little farm and this little town.  I have grown to appreciate it’s charms and I hope you get a glimpse of them with these photos!

Here are pictures of some of the animals.  Three of the 4 little pigs, some of the chickens,  the female pig with her pretty eyes with the long eye lashes, the male pig with very interesting eyes and the female pig poking her snout through a hole in the fence.

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When I went for walks I usually walked east on the road, then north, then followed the train tracks, or I’d just walk along the road to the east or west.  I love the rock formations out here and the amazing huge oak trees.

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It has been a treat to almost daily pay attention to the beautiful sunrises, sunsets and a night sky filled with stars.  Other than how intensely the wind often blows, this is a very quiet place.  Come see for yourself!

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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

As you’ve probably surmised by my blog title and if you have read any of my other blog posts, I love to walk.  I have had vacations in San Diego where I walked 8 miles a day for days in a row. While visiting Tucson, AZ in March and April, I went on over 20 hikes.  When I attended college in Tucson, I sometimes hiked 7 days a week, sometimes even twice a day. I love to process things while I walk and also do healing on myself, others, and the world. along with just tuning in with the energies of the plants, creatures, rocks and trees.  It is a meditative, peaceful, and powerful time for me.  I grew us severely asthmatic and when I could breathe, I was always very active, now, I would be labeled hyper.  But for me, the movement is peaceful. Now that I’ve spent years as an energy medicine therapist, I understand that even the process of walking, with your opposite arm and leg moving at the same time (if you keep your arms unobstructed), you are reinforcing the cross over that the electrical system does in your brain, with the right hemisphere controlling the left side of your body and vice versa. That is why people who never crawled can have difficulties.  So just by doing the walking movement, you are releasing stress, and balancing your brain again.

Yesterday I decided to go to Balboa Park.  I grew up often coming to San Diego and we would come to the park to see the zoo. As an adult, I have gone to the park to listen to the free concerts.  It was a Tuesday and some museums are free on Tuesdays, different museums each Tues.  I did go into one museum but I was more interested in walking and looking at the plants, the people and the architecture.

I researched the park’s history and it is quite interesting.  1400 acres were purchased in 1868 by civic leaders.  It lay undeveloped for over 20 years.  It is now 1200 acres.  In 1892 the beautification plan started.  when Kate Sessions offered to plant 100 trees a year and donated many trees and shrubs from San Diego in exchange for 32 acres within the park’s boundaries to house her commercial nursery.

In 1903 – 1920 a master plan was designed.  In preparation for hosting the Panama-California Exposition in 1915 the park was named Balboa Park after  Spanish-born Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, the first European to spot the Pacific Ocean while on exploration in Panama.  The first buildings were created in the Spanish-Renaissance style, for the exposition, the first time for this ornate style to be used in the U.S.

The park is home now to 17 museums, 19 gardens, 9 performing arts venues, including the famous ” The Old Globe:, 11 recreation facilities, and 9 attractions including the zoo.  The zoo has over 4000 rare and endangered species, from 800 species and sub-species. They even have a program where you can come to the zoo in the late afternoon and stay into the evening, and experience music and other programs along with the zoo’s normal offerings.

The park has restaurants and concession stands, educational activities and camps for the kids, tours including architectural, ranger led, off-shoot for different topics and general tours. Events, parties and weddings are held here with a vast array of facility options.  Groups can book tours, too. They still have free concerts in the park in the summer and during the holiday season they host a several days fair of sorts with food booths and music from all different cultures.

As I walked around, I watched magic tricks being preformed, balloon animals being made, children and adults splashing in the fountains, families pedaling by on 4 seater bicycles, picnics, and other gatherings throughout the park.  Here are some of my favorite scenes.

This is a tree planted in 1915, a Moreton Bay Fig, over 80 ft. tall, trunk span of 42 ft. and a canopy of 145 ft. It stands north of the Natural History Museum.

Ficus Macrophylla tree Ficus Macrophylla tree 2 trunk 42 ft 80 ft tall 145 ft canopy 1915


Another amazing set of roots I found were on two trees in the Zoro garden, next to the Museum of Photographic arts.  In 1935 this garden was an adults only attraction, a nudist colony.

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I enjoyed the Botanical Garden building.  This building is one of the largest lath structures in the world.

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Examples of the Spanish-Renaissance style are the San Diego Model Train Museum,  The San Diego Museum of Art, The San Diego Museum of Man (two photos), and the Spreckles Organ Pavilion (two photos).

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Other attractions and gardens I visited were the Lily Pond and the Rose Garden.  The other picture is a photo of the Japanese Friendship garden taken from above.

Rose Garden Japanese Garden from above Lily pond


So if you are in San Diego, come check it out.  It is a place you can come back to over and over!


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