Sunday, April 24, 2011

Accidental Discovery: Lake Spokane State Park

I was out exploring looking for a rockhounding site and came across this "park" along Long Lake. Nearly totally undeveloped except for a fenced parking area. You pretty much have to have AWD or 4WD to get in there.

A rock-climbing area I didn't know about!

Concentrated group of Buttercups!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hike at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park Along the Columbia River

Sagebrush country at the edge of basaltic cliffs. Too bad it wasn't a sunny day but then again the cold kept the rattle snakes in their dens!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

I went cross-country skiing up at Mt. Spokane on a Thursday afternoon. Despite a couple inches of fresh snow there was not a soul around. The parking lot was empty despite the fact that most of the trails had been groomed that morning. I skied a 10km route around Shadow Mountain and back.

The view eastward from Shadow Mountain into Idaho.

Nice view of the Mt. Spokane alpine ski slopes.