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Spokane: Hub of the Inland Empire

It’s time to fess up … we’re tech addicts. After two weeks with no cell phone coverage or access to the internet, we found ourselves desperately needing to get to a place where we could plug in and get connected … this is how our decision to spend a few days in Spokane was spawned. On the way to Spokane we traveled over Sherman Pass, the highest paved highway in Washington. We also took time to visit the Stonerose Museum in the tiny town of Republic (we were given a complementary fossil from the Eocene period … sure beats a souvenir T shirt).

The Clocktower was originally apart of the Great Northern Railroad Depot.

We couldn’t have made a better choice. Spokane is beautiful. It is filled with culture, tree-lined neighborhoods, soaring arched bridges, beautiful architecture, gorgeous parks, gardens and a  vibrant downtown. The few days we spent here were certainly not enough to fully explore or understand Spokane, so we had to satisfy ourselves with just a glimpse.

First stop was Riverfront Park. Since it was constructed when Spokane hosted the 1974 Worlds Fair, this park has it all … pathways along the Spokane River, views of Spokane Falls, fanciful sculptures, an amusement park, IMAX Theater and antique carousel.  We especially enjoyed watching the small children sliding down the handle of the enormous interactive sculpture entitled Childhood Express.

Racing along the edge of the park, Danny joined in the fun with "The Joy of Running Together" sculpture ... and was easily outdistanced.

Prince — The king horse (or lead horse) of the carousel.

The center of activity is undeniably the1909 Looff Carousel. This carousel, with its 54 carved horses, giraffe, tiger and Chinese dragon chairs, is considered America's most beautiful and well preserved hand carved carrousel.

Sneaky the Tiger — Notice the pink kitty-nose ... he's not so tough!

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