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More Gooslings and a Flicker

Well, the Canada Geese Gooslings are growing! So here are some more photos of two different sets. One set next to Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, ID and the other next to the Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Here’s a baby up close

….and a stretch…

And lastly, a Flicker, pecking away in the grass

There is so much to see when you keep your eyes and heart open on a walk!

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

Love, katelon

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Summer Flowers

It is so wonderful to see flowers blooming after a winter of snow and gray. I found these flowers along my walk. All photos were taken by me on my Samsung phone 🙂

One for the bees!

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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

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

Random Late Fall and Winter Photos!

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

 

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

Fall Beauty… My Favorite Season!

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

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

 

 

 

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