2014 The Palouse
Ya Gotta Luv This Area
– posted by Chud Wendle, PKC Board Member and owner of Sweet Mutiny in Pullman, WA.
“When Cindy, my wife, and I first met and I learned that she was born and raised in Pullman, WA, I thought that she must have had the most boring childhood. My ignorant assumption was that the Palouse was a big wheat field with the university right in the middle of it. My Bad! We moved to Pullman 5 years ago with our 3 boys (now 14, 12 and 9). We quickly realized that Pullman has so many hidden gems of ‘to do’ opportunities. The activities go on and on. Since moving here, we (actually just me as Cindy experienced it first hand) have discovered that Pullman’s Quality of Life is phenomenal. The simple life with as much or as little as you want to take on. Here are some of our discoveries (please note that we are still learning each day about more and more activities).”
- Road trip to a day hike, picnic or camping at Palouse Falls State Park. This 105 acre park offers tremendous hiking opportunities with an absolutely amazing 200 foot falls (the one that the kayaker took on last year.) Located about 90 miles from Pullman.
- Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC). This is definitely not a Pacific Science Center or even MOBIUS in Spokane but for the Pullman community to have a science center that brings hands-on science and learning experiences to people of all ages is awesome. The exhibits consistently change and our boys are always looking forward to visit the PDSC.
- Pullman Parks. With over 14 parks in Pullman, we are blessed to have so many options. We moved from a home in Spokane that was in the Manito Park neighborhood and we felt that we would never be able to replace Manito Park. Well, between Sunnyside, Kruegel, Lawson Gardens – we have parks that are very similar to Manito. From neighborhood parks like Harrison Tot Lot to absolutely stunning parks/gardens like Lawson Gardens, it is pretty amazing that a town this size has parks like Pullman does. Other than taking our family and dog, Emma, to Sunnyside Park (especially on the amazing 4th of July Celebration at SP), my favorite event is the Easter egg hunt at Kruegel Park. BTW – we have gotten to know the City Playfields quite well watching several of Ben’s and Jack’s baseball games there.
- Golf, golf and more golf: Airway Hills Driving Range and Miniature Golf. Truly the best miniature golf course that the boys and I have played. By no means is this your typical miniature golf course (worn down astroturf, broken wind mill, in the basement of some building) – this is outdoors and is truly a challenge! Our favorite is to bet a Cougar Country Milkshake for low score!
- Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Golf Digest Magazine ranks PRGC the #2 golf course in the U.S.? Well, I vote it #1. This is an absolutely amazing course that takes advantage of the wonderful rolling Palouse hills. Bring your A game as this course can bring you to its knees. They have a terrific practice facility that caters toward juniors. Summer time features a great Jr. Golf program ran by Al Sorenson. THIS IS A MUST.
- University of Idaho Golf. Quality golf and affordable rates. Excellent instruction.
- Year round golf w/in 30 minutes. The Lewiston/Clarkston Valley is truly the desert of the north. I won’t go as far as saying the Palm Springs of the north but you can play golf year round. There are several choices for courses and some great courses as well at reasonable greens fees.
- The WSU Bear Program is the only facility in the world to house adult grizzlies for research, thus, university, government, and zoo scientists from across the U.S. and other countries have come to study at WSU.
- Pullman Parks and Recs is top notch. From your typical soccer for the kids to karate to senior activities to the RV Park to activities for teens (float trips, day trips, etc.) PP&R is not only organized but is very proactive.
- Swimming (year round and summer time) Pullman is home to the Aquatics Center which features a 25-yard multipurpose pool and a 92-degree therapy pool with children’s play area. In addition, we have a fitness room with free weights, elliptical machines, treadmills, and recumbent bicycles.
- Pullman also is home to Reaney Park Pool (high dive, inner tubes, splash pad…) – just like Comstock in Spokane. So these are just some of the activities that Cindy, the boys and I have discovered in Pullman and the surrounding area. We are looking forward to continuing to learn about other opportunities. I guess that is what is so cool about this area – it’s a constant adventure full of wonderful surprises.
“THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN LIFE ITSELF.” Alexis Carrel’, ‘The Palouse – Activities and Quality of Life’