How We Roll
We played at 4 or 5 different parks during our visit and one of them, Comstock Park, had a symphony performance especially for kids. The Spokane Symphony played songs the kids knew including the theme from Star Wars and Let it Go from Frozen. I’m sure most of the adults were really tired of hearing that song, but the kids had a great time dancing to it. The symphony also performed Peter and the Wolf with a narrator. That was fun.
The Centennial Trail is a really good walking and biking trail that runs from Spokane all the way to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We want to ride that trail more when the smaller kids grow enough to ride their own bikes. So that’s something to look forward to. Also, Spokane has some good wineries that we will need to spend more time checking out.
All in all, we had a very good visit. I can honestly say it was the best visit I’ve ever had in Spokane. For now, my opinion has officially changed. I like Spokane. I am looking forward to the next visit. :)
Spokane has a good baseball farm team, the Spokane Indians. We attended two games on Family nights, when tickets (way up in the bleachers), hot dogs, sodas, and ice cream were just $1 apiece. The baseball stadium has a great little play area for kids including a bouncy house and slide, and a batting cage. So while we did encourage the kids to watch the games, we were able to give them breaks too. The Indians won both games that we watched. (That’s always helpful when trying to get kids to enjoy sports.) And we could still see and hear the games from the play area. So it was pretty much a win-win.
There are some nice parks in Spokane, too. The one downtown, River Front Park, always has a lot going on and we attended Pig Out in the Park there. There was a lot of good food and music and naturally we pigged out. River Front also has some great regular features such as a carousel, a small water park, and an area with carnival-type rides including a gondola ride over the falls. And of course, as the name implies, it’s right on the Spokane River, so it’s very pretty.
There are 76 lakes and 4 major rivers within a 50-mile radius of Spokane. On this trip, we visited Sacheen (for a week-long reunion), Coeur d’Alene (3 or 4 day trips), and Loon lakes as well as a couple of locations on the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers where we climbed rocks and floated downriver on tubes. Spokane has nice hot summers so water is an important part of summer fun there!
We went hiking at Riverside State Park, where the “Bowl and Pitcher” is located. Those are actually 2 large rocks that are shaped like, well, like a bowl and a pitcher. They are across the Spokane River from each other and you have the best view of them when you cross the river on the infamous swinging bridge. I remember the bridge being much “swingier” when I was a kid, but even with its newer, more stable construction, it still scares some of us.
I grew up in Spokane, Washington. I used to hate it there and spent a lot of time plotting how to leave it. Since Boo and I are now on the road visiting children, I recently found myself back in Spokane where two of those children live. One of them never left. And they both like it there. Lots of people do. I’m thinking that it might be time to reconsider my negative attitude about Spokane. We have seven marvelous grandchildren living there, so the place can’t be all bad!
I got married, gave birth to my children, got divorced, did hard time as a single mom, went back to school and earned my BA from Gonzaga, and married Boo, all in Spokane. And finally, finally I moved away. (I didn’t get very far at first…we moved to Pullman, about 80 miles south of Spokane and much smaller…but that’s another story.)
When we used to come and visit, I got depressed every time I entered the city limits. But that’s not Spokane’s fault. Now that the depression has subsided, I’m ready to look at the bright side of Spokane. It is still a very conservative place that is oh-so-slow to change. But it does have advantages.