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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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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

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

 

More Chicano Park area photos.

All the photos I shared on my other Chicano Park post were taken on the Northeast side of National Ave. https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

These photos were taken on the Southwest side of National Ave.

These first 3 are of a beautiful mural on the side of a building on the corner of National and Dewey.

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I’m not sure if the murals on this side of National are considered part of the “official” Chicano Park murals or not, but I found them to be very striking and powerful so wanted to include them.

This one states “As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of death, I fear no evil. Porque soy Chicano! (Because I am Chicano).

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Here are two murals featuring faces.

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There is a lovely sculpture featured in this fountain.

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At the west end of this area, at the corner of Newton and Dewey, there is a skate lane. One of the guys skating started talking to me and I told him about riding the first skateboards that came out, just a board on top of metal roller skate wheels.  I got that board while on vacation in San Diego as a kid. He offered to let me try his board but I felt too shy so didn’t take him up on it. You can see him in the distance in the skate lane photo. I watched the skaters for awhile and enjoyed seeing them ride up ramps and walls and put it all together in such a fluid and fearless motion.  Perhaps I’ll get another board at some point and learn again how to ride it.

Here’s a photo of the skate lane and also two murals representing skaters.

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Here are a couple wrap around murals.

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The Aztec theme is prevalent in the park murals.

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And finally…..even the utility box was colorful!  Here are two sides of it.

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The upcoming 46th annual Chicano Park Celebration will take place on April 23, 2016.  Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Come check out Chicano park for yourself…bring a picnic, a skate board, or energy for swinging on the swings and playing on the play equipment….or just walk around and admire all the beautiful art.

Rock and Roll Finale Concert of the Summer at Balboa Park August 27, 2015

Last Thursday night I headed over to Balboa park, in San Diego, CA,  for the last concert of the summer Twilight in the Park series.  The Band was The Legends. They were great and fun, playing mostly 50’s and 60’s music.  There were a group of people dancing on the right side of the area and in front, and sprinkled throughout….people dancing in couples, groups, with their kids or just standing and swaying like me:)

Here is a photo of the band (distance…see them….tiny….:))

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The concert was held at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.  There were people with picnics, children playing with hula hoops and dogs galore.

There were also some old cars on display.

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The next day I was walking in the neighborhood and walked past this lovely pickup.

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Another fun evening in Balboa park, obviously one of my favorite places to go to in San Diego.  Thanks for joining me.

Did you hear any concerts this summer?

Kate Sessions Memorial Park, San Diego, CA August 5, 2015

The 4th was my birthday and I’d thought of going to check out this park that evening but had a headache most of the day. So I headed over on the 5th, just in time for the sunset.

This park is named after Kate Sessions, in 1957, to celebrate her 100th birthday.  She is famous in San Diego due to all the work she did with Balboa Park.  She is responsible for much of the plantings there and bringing plants in from other countries. She was a teacher, a botanist, a horticulturist, and a landscape architect.

The park has play structures, picnic tables, BBQ pits, parking, bathrooms, and beautiful views that include views of Mission Bay, the Coronado Bay Bridge and even the hills of Tijuana, MX.

The park is 79 acres, some is landscaped and manicured and there is a large amount of land that is left to natural habitat, with hiking trails.

Here is the map on how to get there:

http://www.recreationparks.net/CA/san-diego/kate-o-sessions-memorial-park-san-diego

Here are some pictures:

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Grassy field with bay view.

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Play structure.

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Hiking trails.

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Grassy fields with views.

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More grassy fields with views.

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Beginning of sunset.

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Beautiful sunset sky.

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Sunset almost done.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your time at Kate Sessions Memorial park.  Come check it out when you are in San Diego.

Thanks for reading!

Fun Day At Balboa Park

I had to drop a friend off to catch the train so decided to grab a scone and coffee and then head over early yesterday to Balboa Park  Come join me on my day!!!

I’d never taken a tour so decided to take the 11:00 am Ranger led tour.  I had some time before that, so drove to the park behind the Fleet Science Center. I was amazed at how empty the parking lot was as I usually get there in the afternoon.  Later when I was leaving, cars were circling the parking lot waiting for a space to open up.

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I pulled out my beach towel and sat underneath a nice big tree, and spent some time doing spiritual work.

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There was a nice view of the California Building Tower off in the distance.

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When it was getting closer to the tour start time, I decided to walk over early so I’d have some time to explore.  On my way between the building housing the Railroad museum and Zorro Butterfly garden, I saw this amazing tree that hadn’t grown up but rather sideways, almost lying on the ground.

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I met a woman from LA before the tour started, and later met her friend and we shared time together. So that was a nice surprise. I really enjoyed the tour. Although I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Balboa park and watched a video about its history,  in the History museum, the tour added some interesting information. The tour guide was warm and informative. These tours are held at 11:00 on Sunday and Tuesday, meeting at the Visitors Center, in the Hospitality building. They also lead a botanical tour at 11:00 am on Sat. and an architectural tour on the first Friday, at 10:00 am.

Before we left on the tour, I noticed this great bench in the newly redone Central Plaza.

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Here we are, heading out on the tour.

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The tour guide explained that some of the present day buildings were built for the 1915 exposition and the 1930″s exposition and only built with temporary use in mind. So these buildings had to be torn down and rebuilt. The building housing the Railroad museum and other museums is hollow inside, and she explained that if you tap on the structure, you will hear it.

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She also explained that the busts near the top of the building have men’s heads and women’s bodies. I thought I had a picture of them but I couldn’t find it. Sorry.

The building across the street from this one, the El Prado building that houses many offices and a great gathering of sculptures, is made of concrete, so it is more solid sounding if you tap it.  On our walk I noticed the wonderful statues on the east side of the building.  There are a couple figures that look like Native Americans.

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The park started as undeveloped land and the first plans drawn up were to leave it mostly that way, as an open park. It is larger than Central Park in NY.  On the West side of Freeway 163, there are parks and stands of great trees.  On the east side, east of Florida Street, is Florida Canyon. The guide relayed several interesting stories about its various uses before all the development of the park. There are many trails there now and various habitats to explore and east of that are more developed recreational facilities.

Kate Sessions is responsible for helping expand the variety of vegetation and trees in the park, and especially for bringing in specimens from other countries.

When we walked past the botanical building, I noticed lotus plants growing.  The guide told of a few disasters from the past, with others not respecting the delicate balance of the ponds. She shared that they’ve had people dump in catfish and other fish as well, which isn’t a great idea.  Here are some pictures of a tall growing lotus and some lotus on the pond. The lattice work on top of the Botanical Building is made of redwood.

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And some ducks wandering around.

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After the tour, the two women went with me to explore the hospitality houses. They were celebrating Columbia so there was a line up outside the food booth….

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People waiting for the performances to start at 2:00, relaxing and listening to the Colombian music…

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And a couple booths set up selling various products….

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I bought some Arroz con Leche (rice pudding), from a Colombian booth and an almond cake slice from the German Hospitality house….

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I left before the performances as it was too hot and sticky for me. On the walk back, I passed this guy who is dressed up like a bronzed Shakespearean day performer. People pay to get their picture taken with him.

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And that concludes my walk. Hope you enjoyed it, especially since you got to stay cool while viewing it on your screen!

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