As I mentioned before, we travel for a living. Our last assignment brought us to Spokane, WA. We drove from Houston, TX in four days leaving starting November 5th, 2008. In route, we stayed in Amarillo, TX, Cheyenne, WY and Billings ,MT. All in all, the drive was fine, Cheyenne was windy, but we’ve learned that is not uncommon. As expected, the weather got colder by the day.
Spokane itself is about 280 miles east of Seattle, and 35 miles west of Couer D’Alene, ID. It is at 2000 feet elevation, with many little hills and a river running through it with waterfalls. It offers many hiking and biking trails, parks, golf courses, ice skating arenas, theaters, ski resorts and 260 days of sunshine.
Unfortunately, since we’ve been here, we’ve seen maybe two days of sunshine, a lot of snow, and lot of fog and very grey skies. The locals agree that even though there has been so much snow this winter, the grey skies and fog is normal Spokane winter.
Our time here has been spent mostly indoors, for obvious reasons. I am not a ski person, but my husband skied in Mount Washington and enjoyed it despite the short runs. We took a walk or two in the snow, checked out Riverfront Park and Arena, and did a lot of reading and movie watching. I took up quilting as a hobby, which kept me sane. Other than that, it was eating and drinking and being merry.
Staying merry hasn’t always been easy with all the cold and lack of sunshine, but we have Maui in three weeks to look forward to. We will be spending the rest of the winter on Maui, where we should have a lot of sunshine and will be able to go back to our routines and outdoor activities. I can not wait!