Friday, November 1, 2019 / by Jennifer Gilbertz
Its so easy to fall prey to negative thinking and taking all the little wonders life has for granted. There has been a huge movement in social media right now to be mindful about what we are grateful for. When I back to Spokane in 2006 from Moses Lake, WA everyone always questioned my reason for moving here with a negative smirk on their faces. I personally felt like I was being attacked and judged for choosing to move to Spokane, WA. With eyes wide open and a huge smile on my face I would reply, “Why wouldn’t I want to live here! The trees, rivers, lakes, and mountains; not to mention the beautiful seasons, shopping, sports, cultural events, concerts, and local celebrations what’s not to love?”
I can see how living in one area for awhile or never having another place to call home as a comparison can minimize the perspective that someone may have on Spokane. But if you actually look closely with an open mind, you’ll see how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful area. I am very tactile and observant of my surroundings. One of Spokane’s local flora is the Ponderosa Pine, with its tall and narrow stature, the Ponderosa has an incredible earthy aroma that brings back memories of seeking out hidden trails and discovering adventures around the northside of Spokane as a kid.
The greater Spokane area does not have a shortage of picturesque lakes, streams, and rivers. If you look at a map, we are surrounded by lakes and rivers on all sides. I love to kayak and paddle board on the calm waters of Deer Lake and float in inflatable floaties on the Spokane River in the late summer when the water levels have dropped to a safer level. Fishing is excellent in the local lakes. Some of the lakes are stocked yearly with trout and bass. Crappies are also regularly fished out of these areas in places like Lake Roosevelt which is northwest of Spokane.
One of the things that I hold most near and dear to my heart is the ability to see shows at the INB Opera House, The Fox Theatre, and The Bing Crosby Theater. Also, regular music concerts at the Knitting Factory, The Spokane Area, and Quest Casino in Airway Heights. With the Broadway musicals, Spokane Symphony, comedy clubs, dueling piano bars, and local talent playing on the corners of downtown, we are not in short supply of cultural experiences.
Lastly, the food scene is EPIC in Spokane and the surrounding areas. Regularly we have local chef competitions just for bragging rights, Spokane hosts restaurant week annually that showcases local talent and various types of cuisine. Food wise, Spokane has quite the melting pot of food options (pun intended). Pizza, pho, sushi, steak houses, vegan restaurants, southern cooking, diner food, east coast lobster rolls, ceviche, Indian, Mexican, and German restaurants galore! You can ask any local where a great place to eat is and they can spout off several favorites without thinking twice. Spokane loves food, entertainment, outdoor activities, and sports. Spokane is a phenomenal place to call home.
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