Thursday, April 26, 2018

Falls Park, Post Falls, Spokane River Corbin's Ditch path

If you've never gone out of Falls Park and ventured out on a hike along the Spokane River, along Corbins Ditch you're in for a challenging treat. Corbins Ditch is that funny concrete viaduct you've always wondered about if you happened to glance to the south of the freeway going east just before you get to the Spokane Street exit in Post Falls .  A enterprising man at the turn of the 20th century decided to build this viaduct to bring water from the Spokane River to the west, as far away as the Spokane Valley. It is such an interesting and mostly unknown part of the area's history. The dam looked to be full open and was letting a torrent of water down the river. The Canadian Geese babies and wonderful wild flowers made me feel like spring was really here, finally!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Columbia Plateau Trail Fish Lake

What a glorious day for a walk on Monday. Ran into a bunch of people fishing in Fish Lake. They were having a good day. The chipmunk was enjoying the sunshine. The streams on either side of the trail were running high but not over their banks as will often happen with spring run-off.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Centennial Trail Post Falls, Idaho and Spokane River

Walked from the Avista Island Trailer Park trail head on Lundy Blvd along the river, the path doesn't go very far along the river but it was pretty. Avista Island is across the river from this trail. The concrete bunker was along the path by the river, it looked like there might have been a house down along here at one time, but I don't know what the purpose of the bunker was.
 I then went up to the Centennial Trail at S Elm Road and went back toward Post Falls. Interesting sign posts and history lessons on this leg. I didn't know about Corbin's Ditch, but that finally explains the concrete viaduct I have always wondered about. In 1899, according to the sign a gentleman named DC Corbin formed the "Spokane Valley Irrigation Company and built this concrete "ditch" to bring water to the farms as far away as the Spokane Valley from Post Falls. Neat History!

Manito Park spring

 What a glorious space this Manito Park is! Every season is gorgeous and completely different and to be experienced! I went walking in Manit...