Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday Vignettes - A chilly holiday weekend in Spokane, Washington

Sunny skies and cold temperatures made for a beautiful backdrop to a long Thanksgiving weekend spent with family in Eastern Washington. While out sightseeing on Friday Andrew and I stopped for a walk along the Spokane river as it runs through downtown...

I'm usually a stickler for my Wednesday Vignette posts being a single vignette, so I'm cheating big time by sharing more than one image. I didn't want to stretch the visit out longer than necessary - so just think of this as multiple vignettes in one blog post!

While staring at the water (above) I noticed movement off to the side. Two deer came down to the grassy area and found something to feed on. There must be just enough of a natural "cushion" along the river to allow them to come and go as they please without walking on the city streets.

Like Portland, there are several bridges that connect the two sides of Spokane. Above we saw the Post Street bridge, below the Monroe Street bridge: "built in 1911 by the city of Spokane [it] was designed by John Chester Ralston with ornamentation provided by the firm of Kirtland Kelsey Cutter and Karl Malmgren. At the time of completion it was the largest concrete-arch bridge in the United States and the third longest in the world." (source)

And the Spokane County Courthouse. When I was a kid my parents led me to believe it was Mother Goose's castle.
Spokane was host for the 1974 World's Fair. This was the first "EXPO" with an environmental theme and Spokane was the smallest city to date to host a World's Fair. As a kid the event was huge, a big party for the world right in my own backyard. Below you can see the IMAX theater building and the framework for the former U.S. Pavilion. At the time of the fair there was a canvas cover on the pavilion, now it's open to the sky and underneath is a ice skating rink that's great fun in the wintertime.

There was a little snow left from an earlier storm. Since I was woefully unprepared (still wearing my canvas slip-ons) I was thankful it was clear and dry while we were there.
Finally, the image I intended as my "vignette"...Yucca on the river bank with downtown Spokane in the background. Wednesday Vignettes is hosted at Flutter & Hum.

All material © 2009-2015 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

26 comments:

  1. No complaints from me because of the multiple images. I've never been to Spokane, so it was nice to see more of it. Love that last shot!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It gets a bad rap, as it's actually quite a beautiful city.

      Delete
  2. I'm glad you shared more than one picture. Gorgeous. I've never been to Spokane either. It's lovely--and they have snow!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the photo of your feet because there are cute little paw-prints around them. :)

    I've been to Spokane, it was mind-blowingly green compared to here, and there was water in the river bed--also a mind-blower for a So Cal native.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I could say those are Lila's paws, sadly she had to stay in Portland as my mom has allergies.

      Delete
  4. Joining the choir in enjoying your multiple images. Sure looks pretty but cold! Hope you had a great time with your family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did! Have you ever been to Spokane?

      Delete
  5. Beautiful photos, Loree. Love the blooming grass in the first photo. I am especially crazy about the architecture of the bridge and Mother Goose's castle. I believe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Spokane has a lot of interesting architecture, although it's all low (no sky-scrapers) and there's a lot of brick!

      Delete
  6. Love that bridge -- glad you shared multiple images! BTW, deer don't mind street walking, at least around here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is that a kind euphemism for those dastardly beasts of darkness, the devourers of gardens? :)

      Delete
    2. Even in extreme urban situations? I can see them meandering around a neighborhood but this was right downtown.

      Delete
  7. Great shots of Spokane, thanks for sharing so many. But I really love that last shot of the Yuccas.

    ReplyDelete
  8. The river trail is nice isn't it ? I've only visited Spokane in summer and fall, it's fun to see places I know decked out in winter finery !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you been since they started to develop the area on the west of Monroe? It's kind of shocking it took so long!

      Delete
  9. Replies
    1. It is! In a different way than the beauty of where you're from - but still beautiful.

      Delete
  10. What a wonderful city to grow up in!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Indeed, although back when I was growing up there it was a little "behind the times"...thankfully it's done some catching up.

      Delete
  11. I shared multiple images this week, too. I love the second bridge and "Mother Goose's castle." The last image with the yuccas is great.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've found Spokane quite beautiful the few times we've driven through...always on the way somewhere else and never stopped.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the light in those pictures, especially with the grasses.

    ReplyDelete
  14. the WORLD FAIR!!!! I am so jealous... Ever since I was a child in France and the fair was held in Spain I have dreamt of going to one. I never wanted to see disneyland but foreign pavilions seem like heaven.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Comment moderation is on (because you know: spam), I will approve and post your comment as soon as possible!