I stepped out of the blogosphere for the past few days while we took an unplanned trip to Spokane, Washington. It was so nice to get away for a while and not have anything we had to do while there. Knowing we didn’t have a schedule to keep was so comforting. We left Thursday around dinnertime and drove to Hamilton, Montana to stay. We were able to take our time with our little girl and be patient with her. We didn’t have to rush out the door the next morning or check off a list of places to see. When we got hungry we made sure to stop at a sit down restaurant so that she could get longer than a couple minutes out of the car and out of her seat.
The reason we left Thursday rather than Friday morning was to beat the snow that was forecasted. It barely started as we stopped for the night.
Surely I’m not the only one out there who is a sucker for a foggy morning and trees. The next morning our drive was so lovely.
There was no bright sun irritating our little girl and it was cool for things like the next mountain range to just “appear”. When you can only see what’s right in front of you I think you pay more attention.
Since we had the extra time before checking in to our hotel, we took part of the Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway. It was so beautiful.
We stopped in Post Falls, ID at a little park to take a breather. There were two geese that made their way over by our car and we fed them a few crackers. Our little girl was pretty thrilled with it.
Then a few of these little guys caught wind of the free crackers and before I knew it, there were about 20 of them flying around our car. I don’t think Talia knew what to think. Hah.
She did, however, enjoy the view from the 11th floor. She spent quite a bit of time standing on the window ledge to look outside. We had a whole wall of windows bay style so there was a pretty nice view. =)
We stayed in the Red Lion at the Park in Spokane, WA. It was great because we just had to walk across the river and had access to all kinds of fun stuff that was family friendly.
One thing we did was take the SkyRide located at Riverfront Park. It takes you over the road and down by the falls of the Spokane River.
There was also this lovely clock tower in the middle of the park.
The “Garbage Goat” is a goat sculpture with a vacuum system in his body. You push the button and hold the trash up to his mouth, then it looks like he is eating the garbage. There was a group of kids having fun with this when we first walked up, but ours wasn’t really into it. Lol.
There’s even a whole amusement park there. Well, a small one. There are rides, a Ferris wheel, mini golf and even an IMAX.
We even managed to get the long sought after family photo on this trip, so I deem it a success. =)
How did a 15 month old do on a 9 hour drive you might ask? She did fantastic!! On the way there she entertained herself with a few toys we brought. When I say toys, I actually mean a headband, a sock monkey, and a plastic cup… (her choices, not mine).
Oh, & LOTS of Peekaboo!
We even had amazing weather on the drive home! All in all, GREAT trip.