Sunday, December 31, 2017
It had been a long time since my last visit to Dishman Hills. I was tired but determined to hit the trail at one of my favorite parks. I found one cache, spotted a new bird, and enjoyed my outing immensely.
1959 Galaxie Skyline
1958 Chevy Cameo
1959 Pontiac Catalina
1963 Ford Fairlane
1956 Ford Fairlane
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Saltese Uplands is a 500+ acre conservation area. Like the rest of the Spokane area, it was hot and very dry. I was happy for a long walk after a long day at the office. It was long past the wildflower season and the wildlife was staying hidden in cooler, shady areas, but the hike was just what I needed. The views of nearby Liberty Lake were great after I cleared the last peak.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
A trip is always looking up when there are more empty med bags than filled ones, especially when the number of bags starts at thirteen. :(
When I am in Spokane, I am very close to Idaho but rarely visit. By the time my work day ends, driving to another state is too much effort. With a weekend over in Washington, I decided to spend my Saturday at Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene. The area is adjacent to Lake Coeur d'Alene and very popular for visitors. Fortunately most people don't walk very far and few ever leave the water's edge so my journey quickly became a solitary one. The lake is very scenic and a large attraction to the growing population in Coeur d'Alene. While I was visiting the smoke was still limited to smaller fires. The big burns and warnings to not go outdoors were still to come.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
My travel plans didn't quite work out the evening before. I had a good plan flying Monterrey to Houston to Denver to Spokane. I would have arrived in time for a late meal and been able to get most of an evening's sleep, but... It all worked until the flight was late leaving Houston. When we arrived in Denver, I was happy to see my flight to Spokane was a continuation of the Houston to Denver flight. It was still good, except our flight crew timed out with the late arrival in Denver. The back-up flght crew was also late with their inbound flight. In the end, they reached the gate with less than fifteen minutes to push-back. The flight crw was yelling at people to sit down so they could push back before they timed out. In the end the jet left the gate with about two minutes to spare and a post midnight arrival in Spokane. By the time I retrieved my bag, grabbed the rental, and made the half-hour drive to the hotel, it was time to wake in my normal time zone. I made it through the day and decided on a visit to Liberty Lake to spend a short Friday evening. My first choice for parking was closed for wild fire risk so I ended up never seeing the water but enjoying a brief but quiet woods walk. There was plenty dry vegetation to burn here.