Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Best of Spokane (and area)

It was a nice visit to the Spokane area. In the past, we had either been there for a dog show or to visit a client and had not taken the time to enjoy parks or the surrounding area. This time we ventured out of the city, staying about 40 minutes north of town at a Golf course/RV resort in Deer Park (Spokane RV Resort). The park is like Two Springs in Palm Springs where you can buy a permanent lot, though overnighters are also welcome.  Very clean and well-manicured, fenced dog yard and no dog limit.  We will stay there again.

We did take one day to work (and visit our client), but the other days we were able to spend with Mandy, who had the week off, and to explore some more of the area.

Lake Coeur d'Alene.

We also noted a good RV Park (Blackwell Island) just out of Coeur d'Alene which we may give a try in the future.  Pricey, but it's right on the lake.

Mount Spokane

It was hazy due to smoke from the Washington fires, but the views are still spectacular.

The vista house, built in 1934.  


Manito Park

Old Fashioned Rose Garden

And zinnias too.  I love zinnias.

The Japanese Garden.  Which would have been perfect if some parents had taken the opportunity to explain the meaning of "tranquility" to their offspring.  The garden should be about peace and reflection, not about playing in the waterfall.  I managed to avoid them in the photos.

Next trip we plan to spend even more time in the gardens.  The dogs would have enjoyed it as well.  Except, that is, for the Japanese gardens where they are not permitted.  And children should not have been.