State Parks in Spokane

It’s that time of year when the lime green tint of pollen encompasses all of Spokane, and the beauty of spring giving way to warmer days as summer is on its way. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy with food and fun. Our friend Stacey had a birthday to celebrate so we met her at Bangkok Thai on Trent.

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Pop’s food almost got cold as a trip to the restroom resulted in a moment of disorientation… gonna need an app called find my papa.

From the outside, the building is unassuming and lacks luster, but once inside, it’s a whole other world or colors, windows and style.

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Papa has a captured audience, Happy Birthday Stacey!

We were very happy with the  beautiful view of the Spokane River and the food was pretty good, I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of Thai.  Later in the week we were looking at vehicles, seeing whats in the world of used cars and ended up in the Valley on Sprague.  I did a minute of research and read about a mexican place called Puerto Vallarta on Sprague.  We decided to give it a try. Wowzer, was it yummy!

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To our surprise it was super delicious and extremely AFFORDABLE! For the three of us, it cost less than the price of a fast food burger joint when we get three “value” meals.    The plates had large portions and everything was super fresh.  If you are ever out in the Valley and are looking for mexican food this is the place.

I don't know if I can get this all down in one sitting

Now that’s a burrito! Yum.

Along with our adventures in cuisine, we’ve been enjoying our local state parks.  Last week we went to Mount Spokane State Park and saw our home land in a whole new way.

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View from Mount Spokane

 

This weather is for the birds, warm and wonderful.

This weather is for the birds, warm and wonderful.

 

Hey, if you let me out that bird will be for me.

Hey bird, what’s the view like from up there, it sure is pretty from here

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A three pedal flower on a three leaf plant

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If only a picture could capture the beautiful sounds of this creek

 

 

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Finally we get a change of scenery and leave that RV park for a while

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A little waterfall from the snow melting

 

Three pedal flower in another color

Three pedal flower in another color

 

A bridge along our hiking trail

A bridge along one of the hiking trails

 

My handsome hiking buddy

My handsome hiking buddy

 

A bridge along the way home, reminded me of the movie Beetlejuice.

A bridge along the way home, reminded me of the movie Beetlejuice.

 

Moment of truth… I need to work on being more prepared for my crazy brain when I get hungry.  Our next state park was Riverside State Park.  Mitch suggested we make sandwiches before heading out, I was resistant to the idea and just wanted to leave.  After loading the truck I enter the house to find that not only did he make sandwiches…he made a mess.

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Exploding mayo from the jar went very far, couldn’t get it all in the photo

I can’t tell you how his preparedness made the day so much better.  I really need to work on that, be more thoughtful of our future selves in regards to being hungry.

 

Now that's a sandwich!

Now that’s a sandwich!

 

I would have to say papa was happy about it too!  Peppered turkey sandwich with a Pepsi and the gorgeous surroundings of Riverside State Park, so splendid was the day!

I'm not smelling the river, or am I?

I’m not smelling the river, or am I?

 

I just love the view

I just love the view

 

A bench just wait to give you reprieve and a view, it's waiting for you

A bench just lies in wait to give you reprieve and a view

 

Let's go down to the bridge guys

Let’s go down to the bridge guys

 

Wow the river is full

Wow the river is full

 

I love getting pics of my guys together

I love getting pics of my guys together

 

Hello folks!  Only 11 days till we move back into our house. YAHOO

Hello folks! Only 10 days till we move back into our house. YAHOO

 

View of the bridge from above

View of the bridge and Spokane River from above

 

Me helping Papa working his way up the hill

Me helping Papa work his way up the hill

 

This area is also referred to as the bowl and pitcher

Somewhere along the river there’s a place called the bowl and pitcher, this may be it…or not.

 

Wow the river is roaring

Spokane river

It may have taken 12,000 miles to get to this place of joy, peace and contentment that was ultimately in our own hometown, but it was worth it.  Mitch and I both love to hike and guess how often we did it before we started traveling?  Only 3 times in probably 7 years! Somehow life just got in the way, now we’re going to consciously make sure that we make time, no matter what, to really do the things that we love!  I encourage you to make time for yourself and do those things that bring you joy. Make that time, it’s worth it!

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