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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 Summer Flowers

I really love flowers….as you can tell by my many photos of flowers.  In snowy winter climates I have to find other visions of beauty.  But for now….here are more flowers, flowering bushes and flowering trees that caught my eye along my walks. Hope you enjoy them!

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

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And this lovely lady standing watch over the gardens:

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Thanks for taking the time to read, like and follow my blog!

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

Ducks, Fowl and a Turkey!

It’s so wonderful to see new life as eggs are laid, and babies are born.  Here is a collection of photos I took of some Geese, ducks, a Turkey and I’m not sure what, along my walks.

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Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese with goslings.

Female Mallard duck and some of her ducklings.

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I’m not sure what kind of duck this is, laying on her eggs.  Anyone know?

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I’ve never seen a goose like this, with the strange thing above the beak. Does anyone know what kind it is?

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And lastly…a wild turkey.  I’ve been seeing wild turkeys for months now.

Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Thanks for stopping by and joining in 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

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