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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

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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….

 

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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

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

 

 

 

Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, CA Trip #3

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I went to Moonlight Beach 3 times during my 3 day trip to Encinitas, CA.  It was only a 12 min. walk from where I was staying.   It’s a pretty active beach with a playground for kids, volley ball nets and games going on much of the time. There is a concession stand, a lifeguard building and lifeguard towers strung along the beach.  The beach is approached by Encinitas Blvd with parking in the neighborhood and a parking lot up above the beach to the SE of it.  Houses to the North and South of the beach have steep stairs that go down the cliffs there.  You can walk along the beach to the North and South but be careful with the tides so you don’t get trapped  by the water.

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A closer look at the reflection in the water 🙂

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There were several programs going on for children, on the shoreline, and on the beach. There were surfing lessons going on, too.

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The volley ball courts were in full use every time I went, except for early morning.

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I liked this mural next to the Lifeguard building.

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In the same building of the concession stand were men’s and women’s bathrooms, with room to change as well. There were showers on the beach to wash off the sand.  I like how family and user friendly this beach is in all ways.  If you are in Encinitas, come check it out.

If you want to read parts 1 and 2 of this series, here ore the links:

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/trip-to-encinitas-ca-1-come-along/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/self-realization-fellowship-gardens-encinitas-2/

Thanks for coming along on my trip. If you enjoyed it, “like” it, or leave a comment. If you’d like to join in the adventure, I’d love to have you follow my blog.

Much love, katelon

 

 

 

 

Self Realization Fellowship Gardens, Encinitas #2

This is a continuation of my blog post : https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/trip-to-encinitas-ca-1-come-along/ from my short trip to Encinitas, CA.

On my first full day there, I walked from my hotel, up on a hill at the SE corner of Vulcan Ave and Encinitas Blvd., to the Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Garden, on the south end of the Village part of Encinitas. I’d been there several times before but always enjoy the beauty, peace and restfulness of the place.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys     Click on any photo to enlarge the view.

Scattered throughout the garden area are benches for resting, contemplation and/or meditation.  The gardens were planted by Yogananda, the author of “The Autobiography of a Yogi”.  He is considered a father of Yoga in the US.  In 1938, he built the first temple, situated over- looking the Pacific ocean, with large windows giving an extensive view of the water.  The temple remained into 1942 when the cliffs were beginning to erode and they had to tear it down and situate the temple elsewhere. This led him to expand and build temples in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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There is an extended water element with large and smaller Koi fish.  (There might be other fish as well…I”m not a fish expert 🙂 

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I love the variety of green plants, palms, trees and flowering plants. 

Hope you have enjoyed your time with me today!  Come check out the garden if you are in Encinitas http://www.encinitastemple.org/  They have a retreat center, services, and a bookstore/gift shop near by.

Thanks for reading.  Please join in the conversation, leave a “like” or a comment, and follow my blog if you’d like to share in my further adventures.

Love, katelon

 

 

 

Car Show At Chicano Park Day Celebration – Part One

Hello Friends!

In my post yesterday, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/48th-annual-chicano-park-festival/ , I talked about all the beautiful low-rider and other refurbished cars shown at the celebration.

I noticed that most of the cars were Chevrolet’s.  I had had a beautiful red and white 1956 Ford Convertible, when I was sixteen, so had hoped to see one there.  I finally asked a Latino Man if there were any Ford cars there that day.  His son mentioned that there were a few but that Mexicans had always like Chevrolet – that had been their car. (his words).  So I didn’t see a 56 Ford but did see many wonderful cars. 

As I mentioned yesterday, next to each car was usually chairs filled with family and friends, enjoying the car and supporting the owner. 

Here are photos of 10 of the cars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.  Each car was so beautifully detailed, from the tires and rims to the upholstery and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the cars!  Thank you for visiting my blog!  If you like this post, please share a comment, a “like”, and sign up to follow and join in the adventures!
Love, katelon

La Jolla, CA visit, Part 2

Hello Friends!

Here is part 2 of my La Jolla visit. After leaving the little church, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/la-jolla-ca-visit-part-1/

I walked down to Prospect St. to the Legends Gallery.  I love their collection.  Their address is 1205 Prospect St. Suite B., La Jolla, CA. 92037. I have written about them before. They have an amazing collection of Dr. Seuss artwork, the lovely art from his famous books and other works as well.  Right now they are also showing whimsical and heartwarming work by Mackenzie Thorpe.  I had seen his work before and was delighted by these new pieces.   A couple of them are definitely going on my wish list:

This one is entitled “You Are My Rock”.  It feels very poignant to me.  I love the stars in the sky. If you are viewing this on a phone, you can click on the photo and enlarge it.
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This next one is called “It’s Magic”.  To me if references the cow who jumped over the moon…but now the cow has cargo and friends 🙂

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As I was walking on the other side of the street, I passed this lovely sculpture that seemed to be a sea enchantress.

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I then headed down toward the water, to Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  There is plenty of trees to sit under and grass to play on, restrooms and a sidewalk that offers a stunning view of the ocean below.  On the large rock, there were numerous birds.

From there I walked south on the sidewalk to the famous La Jolla Cove.  You can walk down on the sand but there are barriers to make sure you don’t disturb the seals. There is a pathway you can walk down that allows you to look in one direction down toward the beach with the seals, and on the other side, look out toward the ocean and rocks below.

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I had taken the photo of this seal on a rock before walking down to take the above photo. On the way back up the walkway, I stopped again to look at the seal and just then it dove into the water. Then, out of what seemed like a small hole behind where he was laying, one after another seals flopped out and then into the ocean, about 5 of them. It was like a magic trick where the magician keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat and you wonder how they all fit in there!

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I hope you have enjoyed this tour of a small part of La Jolla. If you are visiting CA, come check it out!

Exploring San Diego Harbor!

Hello Again! 

Last week I decided to take a bus and trolley to the Harbor area of San Diego.  I explored Sea Port Village, the Embarcadero,  Gaslamp Quarter, the Marina and other landmarks along the way. It was quite a gray and somewhat windy day but I was determined to go explore.  Here are some photos!  Click on a photo to get more detail.  Come walk with me!

I took the Green line trolley and got off at Seaport Village station and walked down to Sea Port Village. I passed by the Manchester Grand Hyatt. I remember reading that there is a great view out some floor in the Hyatt, I think, but didn’t check it out.
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I walked toward the water and Seaport Village.  Seaport Village is a shopping/dining complex adjacent to the San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego.  The address is 849 Harbor Drive.  There are 50+ shops, 17 eateries, and outdoor entertainment.  There is regular live music in some of the cafes, and a free concert series on Sundays. http://www.seaportvillage.com/  I checked out a great bookstore and a magical kite shop. I loved this Carousal and took two photos of it.

I took a photo of this old boat on the water. I don’t know what kind of boat it is or what it is used for but if someone knows, please post a comment.  You can see a Naval Ship behind it as the North Island US Naval Air Station is SW of Sea Port Village, on the Northwest side of Coronado Island.
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After walking around Seaport Village, I headed east to the Embarcadero Marina park area. There are several festivals at the Embarcadero including the yearly Buskr festival. I passed these beautiful trees and a pirate skeleton kite staked to the grass. You’ll have to click on the sky photo to see the kite.  The area you see in the background through the trees is part of Coronado.

Here’s a photo of Seaport Village, looking west to it from the Embarcadero.

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I continued to walk along the Embarcadero . I took a picture of someone on a small motor boat and looking across at the eastern part of Coronado.  Then, I saw a big aircraft carrier heading toward the Coronado bridge. I am assuming it is a Navy ship.  I walked to the end of the West part of the Embarcadero, to watch the ship pass under the Coronado bridge.  In the second picture, you can see the east part of the Embarcadero, and the Coronado Bridge.

I then finished walking around the Western part of the Embarcadero and took a photo of the Convention center, the Marina and you can see the Hilton Hotel to one side.  Then I headed north and turned and took another photo of the Marina and the Marriott Marque hotel towers.

As I headed east, on the Seaport Village boardwalk, I saw this sweet Gazebo surrounded by stores and eateries. 2017-05-19 19.16.52

I headed to Harbor Drive, to walk along the street. I passed this colorful sculpture in front of the Marriott Marina building, then found these great trees planted in front of the Marriott Marque hotel.

I walked along in front of the convention center and looked back at Harbor drive and my attention was caught by the colorful mural that lines part of that street. I don’t know about the tall buildings.

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Lastly, I headed east and then north to the Gaslamp Quarter.  It is an area known for over 200 restaurants, bars, night clubs, lounges, boutiques, art galleries, shops, hotels, entertainment and events.  This area has quite the history.

It was started as William Heath Davis’s New Town, in 1859, when he purchased land to build up San Diego. Before that, the buildings were in Old Town, north of there. Davis believed that the town should be near the water and host a wharf and buildings to support the water traffic.  It didn’t do well and he left and rabbits took over. Then, in 1867 to 1869, Alonzo Horton bought land and started to build more.  He was a little more successful.  He eventually sold land to the city that became a park. The deal was they could pay him a nominal amount each year and if he died, they’d have it to themselves with no payment. He lived a long life though and was paid off. Unfortunately, both Horton and Davis died in poverty, even though they were the ones to “start” the city of San Diego.  The Victorian architecture still exists.  It turned into a red light district for quite awhile. In 1974 revitalization began for the Gaslamp Quarter archway.   It has been revitalized a few times now.  Here is a photo of the archway and another of a what looks to me to be Wiley Coyote sculpture I saw at the entrance to a 5th Ave. Art Gallery.

Hope you have enjoyed the walk today. Come check it out for yourself!
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Imperial Beach Adventure!

I apologize for not posting in many months. My focus has been elsewhere and I just haven’t had any adventures in months. I’ve gone to Balboa Park, gone to the beach, walked through neighborhoods, but just didn’t see anything I hadn’t posted about already.

So after hearing about Imperial Beach on Monday, I decided to have an adventure yesterday. I drove down I-5 and then took the Palm Drive turn off, exit 5a and made my way to the pier and then down Seacoast Drive to find a place to park.

After parking, I walked a short while on the street side of a long row of condo’s and townhomes, until I found a path to the beach. Then I walked on the beach toward the pier. It’s been hotter in San Diego lately, so I enjoyed the cool breeze. The beach was so different than Pacific and Mission beach, which I’m used to walking, as although this beach was lined with places for people to stay, there was hardly anyone on the beach!

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This time of year, Mission and Pacific Beach, in San Diego, is filled with surfers, sunbathers, kids, adults, umbrellas, shade structures and tents. Plus, those beaches have a boardwalk and many restaurants lining the beach as well. Imperial Beach has the homes, a few hotels, etc. but there is no boardwalk next to the beach, nor any restaurants right on the beach. There a few restaurants on Seacoast Drive.

Here is the park that is next to the pier. There is an icecream shop, restrooms and a souvenir shop at this park.

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There are several benches scattered around the park and they all are made of surfboards.

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There were also a few painted electric boxes, and here is one that captured my attention.

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And here is the pier. I didn’t walk out on the pier so can’t tell you what is on it.

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After walking to the pier, I walked along Seacoast Drive, looking for a place to get a quick lunch. I finally found an open Taco shop and had 2 great fish tacos. (Sorry no picture…I just don’t stop to think of food pictures ). I met a great friendly couple who had grown up in Imperial Beach. I asked them what they loved about it. The woman, Linda, mentioned the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge south of town, right next to the beach, the Tijuana River National Estuarrine Research Reserve, same area, and the Border Field State Park, which is just south of the Reserve and Refuge. She mentioned that along the friendship fence in the Border Field Park, families will gather on both sides so they can hug each other. Oh….how I long for a world without borders keeping families apart, and nations at war.

North of town is the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. All of these areas have walking/hiking/biking trails through them.

Linda said she enjoyed that Imperial Beach is a small town, with friendly people, quiet at night, plenty of stores, etc. in the city area, yet all this natural beauty to enjoy. There are other parks along the beach and inland, too.

After lunch, I went back and laid on the beach for awhile and read. Note to self….buy some new sunscreen 🙂 I am fried today! I did get visited by this probably hoping for a snack sea gull, who sat about 6 feet from me for quite awhile.

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After going to the little icecream shop to get a Mexican coffee mocha icecream cone, I took Linda’s advice and did walk down the beach about 40 min. to where the Tijuana River flows into the ocean. The beach was mostly empty but occasionally I’d run across someone, and every few minutes there were Navy helicopters flying overhead. I can spot three of them in this picture.

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Here are two pictures of the Tijuana River and it flowing into the ocean. If you click on the pictures and enlarge them, you can see Tijuana’s buildings and bull ring on the hillside.

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On the other side of the river is the Reserve and beyond that, the Border Field State Park. I don’t know if there is a way to cross the river there as the ocean there is deeper with the river running into it. There are roads on the east side of the Park and Reserve and I think that is where people access the trails.

After walking back to my car, I decided to take another suggestion Linda made and I took Hwy. 75, the Strand, north, past the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, past Silver Strand State Beach to Coronado and then took the Coronado bridge back to San Diego.

What a fun adventure. I met two other friendly people when I walked down to the river, met that great couple at lunch, got lots of sunshine and hours of walking in, got to explore a new place and had a great road trip. I’m looking forward to going back again to explore the others great nature places in this city.

So if you’re local or visiting this way, come check it out!

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