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Jun 28, 2018 - Manito Park

Spokane Valley, WA Manito Park and Botanical Gardens in Spokane is a really cool place. Sections of the park remain in a natural, wild state. Other areas have picnic tables, trails and other things common to a park. Other features are Duncan Garden – a formal 3-acre European garden built in 1913; Gaiser Conservatory full of gorgeous flowers; a dahlia garden - not yet blooming; and a Lilac Garden - Spokane is known as the "Lilac City". Too bad the lilacs have already bloomed and gone. The park is also home to Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Lake Coeur d'Alene

Spokane Valley, WA To thoroughly explore Lake Coeur d'Alene, we explored it by plane, car and boat. It spans 25 miles in length and ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide with over 109 miles of shoreline. The shores are dotted with incredibly expensive houses. Some are owned by well-known names like Oprah Winfrey, John Elway (football), Wayne Gretsky (hockey), Lance Armstrong (cycling), George Clooney, and Matthew McConaughey (movies). We also saw the famous The Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort's, Floating Green. Each day, the par 3, 14th Hole, distance...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Figpickles

Spokane Valley, WA We chose Spokane Valley because it is right between Coeur D'Alene, ID and Spokane, WA. Today we headed back to Idaho. First stop was Post Falls Park, a nice little city park. The centerpiece of the park is a fishing pond great for kids and anglers with special needs. Anglers can easily fish the small pond from a fishing bridge, shore or fishing platforms. Coeur D'Alene is a very attractive resort town. There is obviously lots of money here. The city center and dock areas are very attractive with flowers everywhere. We...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Bountiful Bison

Spokane Valley, WA This was another travel day, so we made only 2 stops. The St. Ignatius Mission was built in the early 1890's. This Catholic Church is unique because its walls and ceilings have 58 original paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano. Plus, the Mission Mountain Range is a beautiful backdrop of scenery behind the Mission Church. It is a pretty special place. The National Bison Range has a 19-mile loop road going through the preserve that took us over 2 hours to traverse. Besides seeing awesome scenery and lovely wild flowers, we...

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May 29, 2014 - DC to Spokane

The return trip to Spokane was uneventful. Just long days at the wheel, following the sun across this great country we live in. Arlington to Danville, IL. 660 miles through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Danville to Mitchell, SD. 717 miles through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Mitchell to Billings, MT. 628 miles through South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Billings to Coeur d'Alene, ID. 489 miles through Montana and Idaho. Thursday morning I will get the rig cleaned up and return it...

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Sep 11, 2013 - VAAC Town Hall Meeting

We drove up to Spokane today to attend the Governor's Veteran's Affairs Advisory Committee Town Hall at the Vet Center. This is one of those things that is always good to show the flag. As it turned out, we were the only formal presence by any of the VSO's, not counting the representatives on the committee. This turned out to be a very interesting meeting on a number of fronts. We learned about how Spokane approached homeless veterans. Unfortunately, we learned how some VSO's are treating our women veterans. I was appalled. I have asked our...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Spokane

We’ll be leaving Spokane on Thursday after a weeks stay. Spokane is another one of those non-tourist destinations that we seem to gravitate towards. After being on the Olympic Peninsula for two months, Spokane, at first, seemed like a huge city despite its population of 200,000. But we adjusted, grudgingly, to the faster pace. We visited Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane which was the site of the 1974 Expo. It was the first expo of its kind with an environmental theme rather than one focused on science and technology. This is rather...

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Sep 9, 2012 - Visiting Grand Coulee Dam

With the Labor Day holiday weekend over and the kids back in school, we left Cashmere and continued our trip east to visit the Grand Coulee Dam. Part of the drive, through Highway 155, was extremely scenic. We drove through an area known as Dry Falls which, thousands of years ago, was a huge waterfall. Now, a 3-1/2 mile long basalt chasm exists. Part of the highway parallels a 27 mile man-made reservoir known as Banks Lake where water is pumped up from Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee Dam is one of the largest concrete structures in the...

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Jul 15, 2012 - To Spokane Valley, WA

It is another travel day as we head east. We take Route 2 east. We see wheat. We see lots of wheat! Again, where are the apple trees? It is an easy ride. We stop just east of Spokane. It is an early day for us. We have lunch at a Mongolian Grill. Tomorrow we want to take the Buck Knife factory tour. There is not much more to report today. Campground: Spokane KOA

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Jun 13, 2012 - Idaho and Montana

Got hitched up early this morning and took a ride out to see Jim and Susie Dysland before we headed to Montana. We went to lunch at a great Mexican restaurant. Then we showed them around the trailer, which took 5 minutes when we stopped to look at everything. Jim is a designer of the most beautiful pens and corks, all made from natural wood and gems. He was gracious enough to give us some. Great work, Jim…you are a master. We are looking forward to visiting with them again next summer. We took off for Montana, heading out about 1 p.m....

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Jun 12, 2012 - Old friends

Today we met up with an old high school friend and his wife, Jim & Susie Dysland. I haven’t seen him since our 20th high school reunion in 1983. What fun to reminisce and get caught up on the years since. Oh, my gosh, it was like all those years had not gone by and we were talking as though it was just yesterday. They are such a great couple and we felt an immediate connection to them. Their home is amazing with many, many windows to take in the fabulous views of the mountainside. They have a natural walking path that moose, deer, quail,...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Spokane Elks

Not too much narrative today. We pulled out of the Passport Park in Ellensburg and stopped up the road about 2 miles at the City Sanitary Plant to dump. Then we hit I-90 east and ended up in Spokane. It was an easy trip. One nice thing was that they (whoever THEY are) had put signs on the fences of what the crop in the fields were. Lots and lots of sweet corn - too much for retail market so we think it must go to a cannery. Even more hay, which our friend, Bruce says goes right to the coast and on a boat for Japan. The Elks Lodge sits on a...

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