Monday, June 18, 2018

Our Spokane, WA trip---Part 1

Our trip to Spokane was a fun getaway. Even though it took us 8 hours to get there, it was good. Betsy warmly welcomed us with adorable barking Chloe welcome too!!! Always need to eat lunch, change drivers, stopped for gas at Hermiston exit then headed back two exits to get to Washington. Many spots where there wasn't much but open dry grass land.
But later we got into farms here and there. We stopped at Iron Skillet at Medical Lake exit to eat dinner. We were hungry! It was so delicious! 

Anticipation! Yep--looked forward to this journey since last year. We stayed at their house Mon-Thurs night.
I realized during Mon night I'd not seen my 2 medications I take in the a.m. I searched upstairs in the a.m. and all through our car to no avail. So I called Megan and she said it was there. I'd not had any help from our rx mail order people as there were so many hoops to jump through. So Megan mailed them and I got it the next day. Nothing major...thyroid med ok for a week but I felt so much better having them and not getting headaches!  A big bowl got set in front of them on the counter. I always time I'll check BEHIND items! Sigh! It worked out just fine!

Tues afternoon after we got lunch, we went to Manito Park. Nice walk around the pond. There was an osprey flying around. We realized later there were baby geese that he was eyeballing. Not sure why I'm not an earlier riser on vacations. Although I didn't sleep well that night....always something!

 Mallard ducks swimming

 and looking for food!

Walking around the other side I spotted a red eared slider turtle in the water. He saw me....and nope...I'm not stopping to get my picture taken!

Some of the nice houses across from the park. Warm day out!

Canadian geese family spotted.

I stayed back as they crossed the sidewalk. 
When I stepped a bit closer, I got this look of.....don't come any closer, which I took as a warning. Bit by a goose is not on my to do list on vacation. 

Female and male mallard ducks were flying over the pond. Once they came ever so close to my arms I could the breeze off their wings!  Possibly courting? 

Looking across the pond from where we started.

Then on into the lilac garden...still a bit early for a few varieties. 

apple blossoms?
Mommas with their children strolling up the hill!

Phil checking out the area while I taking photos. He figured out where the rose garden was located,

Very light purple or pink flowers.

cutleaf coneflower?

Resting a bit in the shade before traveling further up the hill.

These were the only flowers blooming in the rose garden that day. Too early for roses to bloom. Nice area up there. 

Once back to Betsy's house and rested a bit, I looked out the balcony door and saw Mt. Spokane. 
So I took a few shots and this was the best one. 

Sweet dog Chloe resting in the living room. She later wandered off into the other room. No more photos, please?! I enjoyed being around this English Lab! We all had a good evening, even though Dennis was late getting home from work. He was so tired.
On Wed afternnon we went to Loon Lake after we had lunch with Betsy and Dennis, in a small town before the lake. They showed us their RV and we had a nice visit inside. It was a cool day.

Dennis and Betsy in their RV. It rained while we were in there too.

Unfortunately the store was closed. I was hoping to get a tshirt from there but it didn't happen. Oh well I found one elsewhere.  Apparently the man who was manning it went into town to get supplies for some appliances. It happens!

Restaurant stools inside the store. 

 The quiet lake..waiting for the weeks ahead when it gets busy. There's even a boat parade on the 4th of July!

Becky and Betsy on the bench at Loon Lake! So glad we could be together for awhile! Sweet friend of mine forever!

The pinecones are so big here. I had to take a photo of the bench so just as well add something to make it a bit more interesting! I did get 3 cones to bring home with me. I like to do that from other places, as a memory and keep them in a crock at my house by the door. The ones I brought home might get decorated with a bow and some chalk paint. Will see what I can come up with...maybe a little loon as well?

I enjoyed the outside decor in the park  setting. 

Cabins that are rented out.

We  headed back to the truck that Dennis drove us up in. Never riden in a Ford F-150! Nice ride. Men up front, women in back so we could talk ...then their house. Yes! My medicene arrived and I took my thyroid medicene. Then a bit later we went to Applebees for dinner, back in Spokane. Phil and I used our last Applebees gift card from our anniversary..{..sweet friends that like to spoil us!} We had a good time that evening. Afterwards we went to Lifeway Christian Bookstore as I wanted to see what they had. Found a book for $5 "God is Able" written by Priscilla Shirer and a Danny Gokey cd. I should have got his other one as it was on sale too. But I will another time. Good deals right before Mothers' Day.

Earlier in the day, Betsy showed me how to unwind a skein of yarn. Cool! I've had some trouble at times getting it out ok without getting tangles going on!

We were all resting for the day. Here's Besty and her afghan squares she's been making. 
Here I am with my what I thought was finished bottom of a slipper...not big enough! Fingerling yarn vs worsted yarn for a  pattern....doesn't work. So I unraveled it. I knew it wasn't right. So will check out patterns on ravelry. Yarn is alpaca! Live and learn!

We're watching something about Ford F-150....some tough tests it's been going through and what it will do. Amazing! Dennis mentioned it when we were driving back home. Guys love their trucks!

Afterwards, Phil wanted to go on a walk. So I went with him. We walked a few blocks down and back so we wouldn't get lost. Near sunset and this tree looks so pretty!! We'd been sitting most of the day so up and moving we went~~
and we both liked this house~saw variations of it too.

My new piece of luggage I bought late April. My old piece had a hole in it and I've had it since late 1980s, when I sold Tupperware. (hostess special and Tupperware sellers were allowed to buy them too.) So it was time to replace it. I'm glad it was purple and bought it at AAA office in Salem. A bit cheaper since I'm a member. Could have been cheaper at outlet mall....nope get it or it may not be there another time! Many pockets too! We were in the basement bedroom that was Alex's when he was growing up. Now there's items from Japan gracing the walls.

These were my favorites!  
Coming up is the trip to an air museum, riverfront park and our journey home. 

Sick day from work...with a cold...feeling somewhat better this evening. Maybe back to work tomorrow...will see. I don't like coughing on people, since I'm at the cash register.  
The days have been heating up and I came back from watering the plants. I didn't last night as I was not feeling well. A piece of blueberry pie and ice cream was eaten too. Megan bought her dad the pie from Safeway bakery, where she works. So yummy! Have a blessed and safe week my friends from around the world!


Kathy said...

What a great trip! I loved all of your pictures. It was so nice you got to get away and be with friends. I feel as if I were there with you. Can't wait to see more.

Betsy said...

Great pictures bring back good memories of your visit. I didn’t even know you had taken some of them. Pretty sneaky with that camera aren’t you? Ha ha! I sure hope you’re feeling better today.
Blessings always, Betsy

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed seeing your trip pix Becky. Sooo glad you were able to spend time with Betsy and her hubby!!! Very pretty area!

Linda W. said...

Always fun to get away and see friends.