Thursday dawned crystal clear, if a trifle chilly. One thing that northwesterners know for sure; if it's not raining get up and get out of the house. We drove in to downtown Spokane. It's a pleasant downtown core. In 1974 the World's Fair was held on a small island next to the city. See the clock tower mid photo? That's all that remains of the Great Northern depot and railyard. This article has photos of what things looked like before the fair, and the controversy surrounding it.
Wonderfully, Spokane has preserved the open space, put in bike and walking trails, and made it a very appealing place to be.
world's fair site. The mesh thingy in the back was covered in vinyl and covered the US pavilion.
Gonzaga campus. The university was founded in 1887 by Father Francis Caltaldo. This is St. Aloysius, a Catholic church on campus.
Davenport Hotel. She's old, she's restored. It is such a cool old building.
The outskirts of Spokane are not as groovy. The park we are in is about 10 miles north of downtown. We've been on three of the major north/south arterials, and they consist of sprawl; big box stores, fast foot, gas stations, gridlocked traffic and the like. Clearly growth management has not been a priority. It is an unlovely area.