Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Typically when we travel to a hockey tournament the team's hotel is just off a highway or exit, with nothing around but chain restaurants, if there is anything. In Spokane this past weekend, we stayed right on the river, in the heart of the downtown. Alexi and I looked at each other in amazement when we realized it, unable to believe our luck. We walked to local restaurants and shops, rode the historic carousel, even saw a movie (The Lorax). We spent a lot of time in Riverfront Park getting to and from our hotel to downtown, playing soccer with pinecones, batting them with sticks. There is great universal pleasure in green spaces. The scenes of families, people out walking their dogs, couples on benches completely absorbed in each other, could have been anywhere.