Spokane, they say…it rains a lot there, right?
Most of the time, Seattle is what folks think of when they think Washington State. Growing up in Florida, it was clearly the “other Washington” as DC was so close by. That didn’t change when I married into the military, either.
So why did we retire clear across the country far from family and friends? What is it about this “Spokane” in the “other Washington?”
Spokane has all the parameters that make it the dream city for my husband and I. Namely, it caters to our favorite hobbies – road biking for Brad and skiing for me. It has fabulous weather if you like the cold. It is rarely hot, never muggy or humid and it is never too cold. Of course, that is relative…after five winters in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Spokane is never too cold for me, that is. It also rains very little in the summer allowing me to enjoy one of my other hobbies – yard work…I mean “gardening.”
Most of all – it is a small city with big city appeal – an airport, great shows, fabulous restaurants, fun entertainment and touristy venues. You can wine taste great Washington wines one day or ride a sky ride over the waterfall in downtown Spokane the next. You can boat on pristine lakes of clear blue water surrounded by mountains or cheer on the military at the annual Spokane Lilac Festival Torchlight parade. You can hike to the bowl and pitcher or ride horses through Riverside Park and finally, when I say the city folk are friendly – they simply outdo the “southern hospitality” one usually hears when talking of people in the south.
So I say…of course Spokane! In fact, you may have to drag me kicking and screaming from here…I plan to stay a while 🙂