Saturday, October 25, 2008

2008 Gonzaga Fall Family Weekend Day 2

Sharon, Jack and I were slow getting moving in the morning. Eventually, we caught up with Tom and Becky and had breakfast at the hotel.

The Centennial Trail runs along the Spokane River near the Oxford Suites where we were staying. Additionally, the Riverfront Park, home of the 1974 World's Fair, was close by. Sharon went out for a run. Jack and I gave her a head start and then started out after her. After exploring the Riverfront Park, Jack went back to the hotel with Sharon, while I ran 6.25 miles. I headed east on the Centennial Trail through the Gonzaga Campus and along the Spokane River before doubling back to the hotel.

For lunch, we met Tom, Becky, Kevin and Eric and Sharon's cousin David Bell and his wife Ellen. David is the oldest son of Kathryn Nichols. Kathryn was Sharon's dad's sister. We had lunch at Tomato Street.

Sharon and I decided to head to Coeur d'Alene for the afternoon. I am not sure what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. The old downtown sits along the lake with some striking views to the south and west. I did not realize how big Lake Coeur d'Alene is; it is over 30 miles long. Both Sharon and I thought that this would be an interesting place to come back to in the summer.

We walked along the world's longest floating boardwalk and then took a short hike in the Tubbs Hill Park. Afterwards, we drove through the Fort Sherman historical district and the surrounding neighborhood.

On the way back to Spokane, we stopped briefly at Treaty Rock in Post Falls. This is a Idaho Highway Historical Marker and on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places.

Back at the hotel, we spent some time watching the Notre Dame/Washington and Penn State/Ohio State football game with Tom et al. Eventually, we all walked to the Old Flour Mill and had a very, very late dinner at Clinkerdagger's.

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