Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring in Spokane

 I have been dying to use the firepit in our backyard since we moved out to Suncrest last September, but hadn't done it yet because of dry conditions.  The fire department had a no burn policy in effect.  But spring is here and we finally got to use the wonderful pit without fear of burning Suncrest to the ground.  It was a little chilly, but those first Smores of the season were mighty good.

Trying to get that marshmallow just right.  And you notice that smoke DOES follow beauty.

Finger licking good!

Sticky fingers and faces, but who cares, its a campfire thing.
Nana came for Easter which was great!  I had to work, but the rest of the family went to church.  Nana stayed for a week, so we were able to buy a Discover Pass and do some exploring outside.

Nana and the girls by Lake Spokane.
Nana and the grills.

 With the Discover Pass, you can access Washington's state parks.  We used it to go to Riverside State Park.  The area we  went to is called  Bowl & Pitcher.  There are large rock formations in the Spokane River and a bridge you can cross over with many trails to explore.  They connect in with a 37 mile trail called Centennial Trail which runs from Nine Mile Falls to the Idaho border.  The water is really moving fast in some spots.  There are a lot of hikers and mountain bikers that utilize the trails.

From the swinging bridge at Bowl & Pitcher

On the other side of the swinging bridge.  Must go up.

Happy to be at the end of the trail.

You can't ride your bike on the bridge & mow down the pedestrians.

The whole family, including Baby, went for a walk on the trail one night.  We started at Nine Mile Falls.   It's a beautiful place to get out in nature, on a mostly paved trail. We have seen many different waterfowl, beaver, flowers, and maybe heard a squatch.  Just kidding.  The girls had themselves convinced after doing their version of a squatch call.  They were a little spooked.

Darren and some of his girls by the Spokane River.

Breaking into a jog.

Kamryn has taken up playing flute in the Lakeside Middle School band.  She is picking it up very quickly and I am so proud of her!  This is from her first concert.

She has also started golf lessons.  She is not very impressed that all of the other students are boys.  I think it's great though!  She pays attention and follows what the coach tells her and I'm sure he appreciates that.  In no time at all she will be hitting the links and schooling her Dad.

This practice was all about chipping.

This driving range is on a hill.  I love it!  I want to drive the little tractor that picks up all the golf balls.  I realize everybody tries to hit you, but I think it would still be fun.

Look at that concentration!

How about the Kamikaze turkey making his way across the driving range.  Wasn't worried in the least.

 This spring is also bringing out the blossoms.  I have plants that I don't recognize.  Mary helped me identify a few.

Some sort of a magnolia?

This is the same thing before bloomed out.  The bush looked mostly dead with these beautiful flowers on it


Pear tree I believe.

Wild Pansy.



  1. I enjoyed every one of you photos. Beautiful country you are living in. The girls are getting so big.

  2. My dear, you must get back to blogging. Your photography is fabulous and besides I need some inspiration!