‘Tis the season to be thankful (the other season…the jolly one, I don’t mention until AFTER Dec 1). It’s not just the anticipation of turkey and stuffing that has me in a thankful mood. That doesn’t hurt, but as Thanksgiving rolls around I realize even more the many reasons to be thankful for Spokane. Here are just four. Feel free to be thankful for them too…I’m totally willing to share. In fact, thankfulness is best when shared.

Dick's Hamburgers

Dick’s French Fries

Yes, I would go so far as to say I am thankful for french fries. Not just any, mind you, but the hand-cut, freshly fried sticks of potato-ey goodness that you can get at Dick’s. They ought to be good, they’ve been making them since 1964. Take some of those babies and stick ‘em in some tartar sauce and you’ve got yourself a culinary experience. It’s not something to do every day, or even every week, but if you’re gonna do it, get the really fresh, good ones and eat every single bite.

The view from Cliff Drive

The view on Cliff Drive

It’s not often that I uproot myself from my desk and leave for lunch. This is dumb because a five minute drive from my office is a gorgeous view on Cliff Drive. The whole city is laid out before you in a way that you can only get from looking at it from above. In my case, a burrito made it the perfect lunch hour, but you could add a pumpkin spice latte or a scone or just sit and enjoy the view till you’re feeling thankful.

The Davenport Hotel

The Davenport Hotel

And not because I stay there all the time. I live here so I do have a bed at home. I just like to walk through the place. They don’t call the lobby “Spokane’s living room” for nothing. You can have an impromptu meeting in the lobby, read a book by the fireplace on your lunch hour or take your own tour of the splendiferous (they are so awesome I invented a word for them) ballrooms. I like to go to the Hall of the Doges and pretend I live there. I arrange furniture in my mind and everything. Try it. It’s very relaxing. After five minutes of pretending the Hall of the Doges is your apartment, you’ll be stress free. I promise.

The Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail

I know, I know, lots of people are thankful for the Centennial Trial. Can we ever be too thankful for a trail that follows our river and traverses 37 miles across Spokane and 24 miles into North Idaho? I don’t think so. No matter what the season, the trail is there, providing a place to watch the seasons change. It’s a great place to see the baby marmots come out all fuzzy and bewildered in the spring. In the summer you can run, skate, bike and skip if you want to. In the fall, there is the lit-on-fire colors of the leaves to enjoy before the snow flies. Even in winter there is a solitary beauty that reminds me that seasons do indeed change. My personal favorite? Definitely the bewildered baby marmots! Happy Thanksgiving to all and may you find something to be thankful for every single day.