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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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Random Photos Taken on Walks Around Sandpoint, ID

I’m presently visiting Sandpoint, ID.  I’d been through here and stayed briefly, in 2000, on my way to a dude ranch in Marion, MT.  I had wanted to ride all day and eat with several people at the table and that led me to the dude ranch. Rides were anywhere from 2 hours to my last one of 8 hours herding cattle.  There were always at least 15 or more people around the breakfast and dinner table. I even got to go see Glacier National Park again, too. But…I digress.  I had liked Sandpoint then, so it’s great to explore it more.  I’m not as fond of it as I am Coeur d’Alene, but it’s a small town in the midst of gorgeous country, trains going by daily on both sides of town, a slough, rivers leading into and out of the lake here and the lake is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the country.

On my walks though, it is the whimsical and odd that catch my eye.  Come with me and see the various sights that caught my attention.   All photos were taken with my older Samsung phone camera.

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This sculpture is on a downtown street corner. I wondered if it was made by the same person who made the open heart sculpture in Coeur d’Alene.

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/random-photos-from-around-coeur-dalene-id/

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Here’s a view of the Chuck Slough from Pine Street, just south of Travers Park.

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This stop sign caught my eye. I figured whoever made those stickers and added them to the sign had a great sense of humor. This sign was also bordering Pine Street, a few blocks from Travers park.

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This is a very innovative recycling of a tree stump.

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I walked past this amazing tree house. It had a spiral staircase that started at ground level and wound all the way up to the tree house. The tree house is two stories and there is a window on the back side, too. 

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And lastly, is my go to trail when it is too warm or I have missed my cool morning walk.  I have to drive to this trail but a large part of the 1.5 mile long trail is shaded and I can stop and get my feet wet in the lake. It is called the Pend Oreille Bay Trail.  It runs along Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced “Ponderay”).

Of course there are also beautiful mountains, lots of huge pine and other trees, pretty landscaped yards….but these are some of the other views that catch my eye as I stroll along every day.

I appreciate you joining me on this walk.  Please come along again on another one of my adventures.

Love, katelon

 

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

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

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

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

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

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