Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Walking to work...

Ditched the bike this morning and walked instead. I had to leave about an hour before I wanted to be at work (3 miles or so). What a great morning!
As usual, Spokane shines in the early morning. The river changes a lot. You will never really see this stuff from behind the windshield of your car.

On a bicycle, you have to stop sometimes to really see it too. But like riding the bicycle in the snow, I never got stuck, never t-boned another pedestrian/cyclist, never had to be pushed, never became high-centered, never got pissed, never had to wait for the heater to kick in, never had to fuel the tank, never had to scrape my windows. Best of all, my IPod is a much better sound system than my car's!

The Shriner was looking quite feztive.

The Monroe Street Bridge right before dawn. Remember when they were going to shove that Lincoln Street Bridge down our throats? How they said we would be turning down all that construction money and how it would bring ruin to Spokane? Well, here's a picture or two of the great Monroe Street Bridge. How great would it look with a crappy bridge right next to it? Well, it would look better than the crappy bridge. But, that's not the point. Remember the Lincoln Street Bridge when they try to shove the NorthSouth Freeway down your pie hole!

When I was walking up Monroe, the snow on the ground looked very blue with lighter blue sparkles - kind of like a blueberry-flavored breakfast cereal. I looked around for a neon light that might have been doing this, but it was just the morning sky. Wow. Grows our crops. Holds up airplanes. And now it turns the snow blue. Sky - you are too much!

A source of controversy at one time, now look at Riverpark Square. It looks so innocent when it's asleep.

One of many cement warning symbols posted on the Monroe Street Bridge. Strange that none of the usual guardians of morality protested these horned skull adornments.

A cheery greeting to bus passengers this morning.

So, if you want to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the snow in Spokane, you better hurry, there are only a couple of more months left!


John Speare said...

Great photos. I think you've inspired me to take an early morning ride through downtown tomorrow.

Yes. You have.

EvilElf said...

Thanks John!

Maybe I will see you on my way up. I probably won't be that early though. I have to loiter around downtown and pick up some provisions when the stores open.

Our liquor stocks are dangerously low.

KG said...

Awesome pics!

barb said...

A group of volunteers is working to revive Bike to Work Week in Spokane after a hiatus of many years. We're hoping you will link from your site to our web site,, and highlight the events and activities, which include:

Monday, May 12: Kickoff Riders' Breakfast in Riverfront Park at the Gondola Meadows, 7-9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 14: Bike to School Day for elementary students (and others) in Spokane Public Schools

Friday, May 16: Wrap-up party and prize drawings for registered participants at the Steam Plant Grill, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (registration form will go live on our site soon)

Information on other events and tips to help get ready will be updated on our site. As of right now, we have scheduled Tuesday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: League of American Bicyclists Road I bike education course, Shadle Library, $29. Contact to sign up.

Barb Chamberlain

Chair, Bike to Work Spokane

May 12-16, 2008

Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work.