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M & E: Kids in the City!
A couple of days before New Year’s,
we left on our trip to Spokane. We wanted to eat at Popeyes, and we
wanted to ride
escalators. By the time we were ready to go, it was
around noon. Dad drove past Flathead Lake, then headed towards the town
of Paradise, Montana. It was very pretty around Paradise; a lot of
the scenery looked like a painting. It looked a lot like the
desert out there!
crossing into Idaho, we stopped at Lincoln’s 10,000 Silver Dollar Bar.
We took photos in the bar with life sized figures of John Wayne and an
Indian, and marveled at huge swords in the gift shop. There was even a
device for cleaning your navel for sale! We stayed there for an hour,
looking at the wall of coins, gift shop, and taking pictures.
We crossed the state line into Idaho and were driving for awhile when,
suddenly, we heard a sound like something dragging behind the truck. Dad
pulled over, and got out. It turned out that the spare tire in the rack
under the truck had fallen out. “M” and "E" thought it was SO classic
for something like this to happen on a trip! An Idaho cop came, and
asked our dad if he needed help. Dad didn’t and put the spare tire in
the back of the truck and tied it down. Then, we got on our way. We
passed through Kellogg, which to "M" is the location of Kellogg Dave
Smith, a place where a lot of people buy their cars.
we were in Washington on our way to Spokane. Dad said that Spokane would
be like on Seinfield with the restaurant that just says “Restaurant”. We
arrived in Spokane and rode around the city. “E” kept on saying it was
like New York City! Everybody was shopping and wearing fancy city coats!
We drove into a low ceiling-parking garage, parked on the purple level,
and got into a crowded elevator. The elevator ride made “M” think of the
Nightline commercial. We exited into the mall. Escalators! Gap!
Macys! WOW! We hadn’t been to a shopping center like that in a long
time. We asked the concierge where we could find a Popeye’s. He told us
that there wasn’t one in the area and the closest one that he knew of
was hundreds of miles away.
Later, we went to Riverfront Park. It was just like Central Park! After
wondering where people ice skate, we saw the skating rink. It looked
very fun. Spontaneously, Dad decided we could get a pass to include a
movie, ice skating, and hot chocolate. After putting on skates that “M”
thought were UGLY, we got on the ice. It turned out to be terrible.
There were crowds of people, the ice was white, and it was so
overwhelming. Everyone had to skate in circles; you can’t do spins or
anything. We were used to our local skating pond, where there are fewer
people. We felt lucky to have a nice pond where we can skate however we
Next, we stood in line to get the tickets to the Imax. While Mom waited
in line, we went with Dad to get some popcorn and soft drinks. We kept
on waiting for the popcorn. To make up for the long wait they gave us a
free drink. The free drink was large and colder than the other one we
had bought. The movie was about to begin, so we went into the Imax with
Mom, while Dad waited for the popcorn. After a few minutes, Dad came
with the popcorn. We watched Night at the Museum. Some parts were VERY
scary. It was edge - of - your seat horror! Boom! Aaaaah! The booms were
the scary part. There was a scary dinosaur and suspenseful parts. We
finished the movie and picked up the hot chocolate that came with the
pass. We drank hot chocolate as we strolled through Riverfront Park and
Finally we got into the truck and were
going to head to a motel. Dad said he was going to head towards Seattle.
Mom said, “No, Dad will keep on going and going! There won’t be any
motels.” Dad looked at his GPS. We went to a motel not far away. Mom
went into the lobby to check in, while the rest of us sat in the truck.
We went into the room. We were going to go and get food somewhere, but
Mom ordered pizza. We ate, watched the movie Yentel, and went to
In the morning, we drove out to the mall slightly out of town where
Rembrandt painted our picture at the portrait painting machine.
Mom and Dad bought a Hickory Farms assortment. The woman who checked us
out had very long red fingernails. The Hickory Farms assortment was
basically a few stale crackers, cheese spread, and run of the mill
summer sausage. We bought some postcards and a magnet with our mom’s
name on it. We then went on our way home.
We stopped in Wallace, Idaho. Mom said that it was better than where we
live. Wallace looks like a village from some foreign country! We bought
some soft drinks. “M” got A & W root beer. Dad got the same thing.
Mom got Frappachino, while “E”, the brave one who can try new things,
got Dr. Pepper Berries n’ Cream.
Later, we stopped in St. Regis, Montana and saw the trout museum. After
that, we drove for quite a while and finally got home. At home, we found
that all of the channels on the TV had gotten mixed up while we were
gone. Where did channel 42 go?
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- This story is a version of
an article first published in "M"s family newsletter.