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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

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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

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

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

 

 

 

Trip to Encinitas, CA #1…Come Along!

Last week, I took a 3 day, 3 night trip to Encinitas, CA. I’d stayed there a few years ago and loved it, needed to get away, so I went….come along and see the sights!

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This lovely flower arrangement spells out Encinitas, and is in front of a restaurant on the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and the coast highway, 101, that goes through the part of town called “The Village”.

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This beautiful mural was on the side of the above mentioned restaurant.

I did a lot of walking, checking out stores, a few restaurants, a natural food store, walked to the Self Realization Fellowship gardens, planted by Yogananda, and down to Moonlight beach. I’ll be posting blog posts about Moonlight Beach and the gardens.

I chose to stay at the Best Western Moonlight Beach hotel and was glad I did. It had a pretty healthy, and extensive free breakfast, a pretty pool, VERY cushy bed and pillows (And I”m very picky about wanting comfy beds and pillows), and I could even see the ocean from the corner of my patio.  The hotel is up on a hill, but only a short 12 min. walk to the beach and just 1 1/2 blocks from the coast highway and the village commerce.  I walked to the gardens from there, too, even though the gardens are in the south side of the village.  The natural food store, with a great soup/salad/taco bar/hot foods offering, was only a block away, too.

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To the north of the hotel, across the street, was a lovely park, with trails, a playground, covered areas with tables, and barbecues, and nice grassy areas.

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Walking along the sidewalk into the village I passed these bright electrical boxes.

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On the way to Moonlight state beach, I passed this magical garden.  I couldn’t figure out if it was a community thing, next to a hostel so part of that, or what. If anyone has any information, please let me know.  This Welcome Garden took up a fairly large area, 1/2 block in length. It was planted with desert plants and had hundreds of painted rocks, painted by various individuals. 

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You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

I hope you have enjoyed this walk. I appreciate you coming along.  Please join in the conversation with a “like” and/or comment, and sign up to follow if you’d like to see more about Encinitas, and my other walks and adventures. 

Encinitas is about 30 min. north of San Diego, on the coast. Come check it out.

Love, katelon

Holiday Lights In The Neighborhood!

I love this time of year! I especially love how whimsical it is with holiday lights inside and outside, stores decorated, streets decorated. When I had my own apt. I had white Christmas lights strung and hung all around my living room ceiling. Somehow no matter what was going on, I felt like magic and miracles were always possible with those lights shining.

I walked the other night and ended up taking photos of houses and trees decorated, some with special yard decorations. I only have my Samsung Galaxy smart phone, so the lights didn’t come out as sharp as they look in person, but you can get the idea.

Here are photos of houses. I love how individual it all is as it allows everyone to express themselves in perhaps a more extravagant way than normal.



And then there were trees decorated..palm trees, shorter shrub trees, all kinds of trees.



Everyone needs a Christmas Unicorn 🙂



I also saw this lovely angel on a daytime walk.



And lastly, I walked by this awesome decorated old VW van:

However you celebrate the holidays and/or Winter Solstice, or whether you don’t celebrate it…I wish you a blessed end of the year as we move into a New Year! This coming year, it is my desire, intention and prayer, that we finally and fully move this planet and all life upon it, into peaceful, abundant, healthy, love and light filled life; where we have a world that works for all, honors all; where all have clean water and air, a comfortable home, meaningful relationships and ways to share their gifts and talents; where everyone feels loved and cared for in all ways.

I appreciate you sharing this journey with me, taking the time to read my blog. If you like it, please like/follow/comment/reblog.

Love, katelon

Dia de los Muertos at Old Town, San Diego

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my blog.  And if you’ve enjoyed it, “like: it, leave a comment, and follow my blog to come back for more !

More Whimsical Sculptures at the Sculpture Studio, Balboa Park.

In my visit to Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA, last week, I made my way to Spanish Village.  Spanish Village is designed to look like a little old village.  The pathway is paved with various bright colored stones.  There are studios of glass art, wood art, textiles, painting, jewelry, sculptures, gemstones and much much more.  I found these 3 whimsical sculptures.  Two of them are made to sit upon and there is a sign inviting you to have your picture taken in them and posted to a webpage.

The first one is a mermaid.  In the background you can see a bright metal woman and a few other sculptures.

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The next one is a mermaid chair you can sit upon. You can see a dog sculpture and a wooden female sculpture in the background.

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And lastly, here is bench that is a couple of wild west characters.

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If you’re in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. Spanish Village is in the NE corner before you get to the Zoo.

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you enjoy it, please click “like”, share it, follow it and come back for more. Thanks for joining me on this visit to Balboa Park.

Plants at the Botanical Building, Balboa Park Part 2.

Hello again,

The Botanical building regularly changes their displays.  On this visit, there was a display of various orchids.  Since I don’t know the names of them, I’ll just show you the photos.  I love that these orchids are delicate and whimsical  in color and shape.  If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. There is so much to see and do. You can click on any photo to see it more closely.

 

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed these and my walk through the Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

 

Thanks for reading!  If you like this, please let me know and click “like”, follow, share and come back for more!

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