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For six days every year, ending on Labor Day, Spokane’s Riverfront Park fills with food vendors, music stands and people. This annual event is known as “Pig Out in the Park”. It marks the end of summer, the beginning of the school season and fall. It’s a popular event that’s been around for almost 40 years.
Admission is free for those who just want to listen to one of the dozens of musical acts performing on the concert stage. But the reason most people come is to enjoy great food. This year there were 47 food vendors selling everything from lemonade to teriyaki to sausage dogs. Seems everyone was carrying around several food items as they looked for a cool shady …
A popular spot for families visiting Spokane’s Riverfront Park is this interesting piece of functional public art, a massive Red Flyer Wagon, the largest of its type in the world.
Built at a cost of $36,000 in 1990, and made of 26 tons of steel and concrete, it stands 12 ft high and is 27 ft long. The wagon is designed to be a slide and you’ll often find lots of kids waiting in line waiting to use it. It can hold as many as 300 people.
I like the simplicity of the piece. I had a small version of this type of wagon as a child and used it to haul around all kids of things, from vegetables in my mom’s …
One of the world’s great plane museums is Seattle’s Museum of Flight. We’ll visit the planes inside on another day; today I wanted to focus on a airplane that caught my attention from the collection of aircraft outside the main museum building.
The plane is a Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation. This airplane was delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines — Canada’s national carrier which ultimately became Air Canada — in 1954. It was among the last of commonly used propeller aircraft, with jet engines soon to dominate commercial air travel. This particular plane, after providing passenger and later cargo service, was converted into a cocktail lounge and lunch bar in Toronto before being restored and added to the Museum of Flight’s collection.
It is …
Spokane is a small city in eastern Washington state. It rests between two great mountain ranges, the Cascades to the west and Rockies to the east. Generally it is a place people drive through instead of being a travel destination. But it is in a lovely setting and does have several sites of interest, like Manito Park on the city’s South Hill.
Within Manito Park you’ll find Duncan Garden, a classic 3 acre European Renaissance-style garden (characterized by mirror-image symmetry, a central water feature, and geometric planting beds). During the summer months the garden includes many beds of assorted and colorful annuals, making it a popular spot with locals. The flowers are largely planted by volunteers.
The garden was originally called …
Came across this lovely old car parked in a shopping mall in Spokane.
It’s a Ford from the early 1950s that seems to have been reworked somewhat, especially its grill, making it a little hard to pinpoint. I expect a 1952 or 1953 vintage, but a lovely classic convertible. I found it interesting that it has its old dealer plaque, Stoddard-Wendle. Wendle is still a popular Ford dealership in the city.
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Today is Halloween and to celebrate the season I’ve put up some images of a pumpkin patch and field of ripe pumpkins.
Green Bluff is a farming mesa just north of Spokane, popular with fruit and vegetable growers. There are a number of festivals in the area throughout the season, but undoubtedly one of the most popular is October’s ‘Harvest Festival’. These pictures were taken a few years back and bring back some pleasant memories of when my kids were young and got very excited about carving pumpkins or going trick-or-treating.
Enjoy the day!
One of the most scenic road trips anywhere in the world is on the Oregon side of the Gorge, on the Columbia River Highway (I-84), between Portland and the Dalles. Besides a smooth drive on the freeway, an excellent diversion here is to head up the old Historic Columbia River Highway, a narrow road that twists its way through the mountains and cliffs, past dozens of waterfalls, including the beautiful 620-foot (190 m) Multnomah Falls.
The Columbia River is one of North America’s longest, at 1200 miles (1930 km) long, starting in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. The Columbia River Gorge was carved by glacial floods (especially the Missoula Flood) thousands of years ago and is the only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountain range. …
One of the most popular places in Seattle is Pike Place Market. Near the city’s waterfront and overlooking Puget’s Sound, but really a world to itself, Pike’s is Seattle’s favorite tourist attraction. It covers 9 acres and has been designated a National Historic District.
Pike’s was designed to be and still primarily functions as a farmer’s market, with dozens of vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheese, meats, and an assortment of handicrafts. Most famous among these is Pike Place Fish, where fishmongers throw a fish around every time someone buys one. There are lots of unusual specialty shops and small cafes, but above all Pike’s Market is the place in Seattle to people watch. And on a weekend day you’ll have …