The Traveling Adjunct–June 28, 2018

Road Trip:  Spokane

sculpture in grass

Welcome back to another edition of the Traveling Adjunct! This month’s post is the first in a series about the fun and unique places I visited on my summer vacation! For our trip this year, my husband and I decided to go to Montana. Montana?  Isn’t this post about Spokane, Washington? Yeah, but like most of our trips, this one “evolved” into an awesome road trip taking us through the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana, covering 1,400 miles. This month’s Traveling Adjunct is on our afternoon in Spokane. So fasten your seatbelts and let’s get going!

Where exactly is Spokane?

Well, it’s on the extreme eastern side of the state of Washington, close to the Idaho border, about four hours from Seattle. If you’re like me, you may have only heard of Spokane because of Gonzaga University. Beyond that, I knew almost nothing. So to get us started, here are some quick facts about Spokane:

two orange adirondack chairs

Population:  204,400

It’s the second most populous city in Washington.

It was founded in 1872 as Spokan Falls (not a typo).

Spokane was named after the Spokane tribe and the name means “Children of the Sun.”

It’s on the sunny side of the state.

Singer Bing Crosby spent part of his childhood in Spokane (he was born in Tacoma, Washington).

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane at the YMCA in 1910.

What we did!

We were on the first day of our road trip driving from Seattle into Idaho and we had limited time. We knew we’d be near Spokane around lunchtime, so we thought we’d have a bite to eat and check it out before moving on. I hopped on Yelp and randomly selected Cascadia Public House. Although in Spokane, it was a bit off the beaten path, but it was well worth it!  I had a fantastic bean and beet burger and the hubby had a gigantic plate of mac and cheese!

below an arched bridge

After lunch, we needed to walk it off, so we drove on down to Spokane’s Riverfront Park. The 100-acre Riverfront Park is along the Spokane River and has beautiful pathways and even a cable car running over the falls! It was a spectacular day and there were tons of people out and about – riding bikes, strolling along the paths and playing in the park. It was a great way to pass the afternoon before heading on.

 Here’s a fun fact: Riverfront Park was created for Expo ’74 – the first environmentally themed world’s fair!

*This post is an excerpt from, “Road Trip: Two Cities to Visit in Washington Besides Seattle”.

Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog Traveleidoscope.com.  Psst! You can also visit Traveleidoscope on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter!  And guess what – she’s now a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association!

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