Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:19 pm

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If Seattle is the straight-A prom king quarterback of the Foosball team at Washington State High, then Spokane is the little brother who resents the comparison. It's also the smallest city to ever hold a World's Fair, and not because it had something to prove or anything. But if you're thinking about marrying Seattle, just know that he'll never be faithful to you the way that Spokane would be.

Much like the first post of this thread explored the 1962 World's Fair via Seattle Center, this post will explore Expo '74 through Spokane's Riverfront Park.
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Riverfront Spokane is located along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, a city famous for creatively naming things, such as Bing Crosby.
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What drew us here in particular is this SkyRide. While I'm sure it originally loaded and unloaded in a continuous fashion, it now has its cars grouped relatively tightly into "trains" of three, which stop to load and unload. This results in a rather strange skyride experience as you alternate between moving a couple of hundred feet and stopping for a minute or two, throughout the entire length of the ride.

On the other hand, it offers lots of steady photo opportunities and a fairly lengthy ride, so that's...fine?
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Heading away from the station. Note the roller skating rink/course on the right that becomes an ice skating rink/course during the winter.
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But where are we going? Not up a hill, but down one and across a river, then under a bridge to a turnaround, and back up. Just one station on this skyride, but a lovely view.
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I was promised a skyride that went in front of a waterfall, and while that's not technically inaccurate, it's not quite as grand as the picture I had in my mind. Still, it's weird and awesome and unique, and that's my jam, so put me down as satisfied all the same.
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Of course, you can also explore the park and the river on foot. There are also a number of pedestrian bridges--which, again, I am for.
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Proof that we actually went here.

This is what normal people do, right? They take their own photos in front of impressive scenery?

"Hey, down in front, you two. I wanna see what those rocks look like!"
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Don't be a pussy. Maybe there's free candy down there.
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Ever seen a clocktower before? Oh yeah, well, have you ever been inside one? I sure hope so, because you can't go in this one.
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Inside the Pavilion. During the World's Fair, this was used for stuff.
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Inside this building is the Looff carousel that used to be at Natatorium Park, Spokane's lost amusement park.
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Reach for the brass ring!

Well, these are actually plastic, of course. But still! And instead of a clown's mouth, you have to throw it into a bucket that's being held by a goat.

Wait, does that say, "Garbage Goat"?
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Life's a never ending wheel.

No one's gonna get that.

If you get that, let me know in some subtle way. Like, with a photo of a dragon or something.
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The gift shop.

Wait, what's the deal with the goat?
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Ah.

Here you go, Spokane's unofficial mascot, the Garbage Goat.

From RoadsideAmerica.com:
"It was part of the anti-pollution message," said Karen Mobley, former director of the organization Spokane Arts. "Teach our children not to throw trash on the ground. Put it in a garbage can or give it to a goat."

(Psst. No one tell Spokane about Efteling.)
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"I'm an artist. But I work with metal primarily for the boobs."
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It's a slide. And it's cooler than anything in your hometown.

Look, I'm not above making provocative statements just to get replies.

The fourth Indiana Jones movie is better than the third one.
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Hey, it's night now! Weird.

Is heaven missing an angel?

Because I found their harp.
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There may be a follow up to this report about the parking garage in the background. I'm not kidding.
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During the World's Fair, this mesh did not have lights on it.

I exist to educate.

Remember, kids, if you find a piece of trash on the ground, feed it to a goat.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby bert425 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:46 pm

I want that giant wagon that's also a slide.

dammit, I'll FIND a place to put it :)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby RCjunkie » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:43 am

^ That is one cool slide for sure.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:39 pm

I know a friend who would loooove that harp.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:29 am

How Dare You!

The 4th Indiana Jones film was an abomination!

The 3rd film was the 2nd best in the series.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:06 pm

Guy T. Koepp wrote:The 3rd film was the 2nd best in the series.


Woo! My gambit worked!

Hopefully, the Disney parks will take the opportunity this downtime affords to add Shia LaBeouf into their Indiana Jones rides!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:48 pm

Electerik wrote:
Guy T. Koepp wrote:The 3rd film was the 2nd best in the series.


Woo! My gambit worked!

Hopefully, the Disney parks will take the opportunity this downtime affords to add Shia LaBeouf into their Indiana Jones rides!


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I came here to kill Nazis and kick Shia LaBeouf's ass up and down the street. I'm fresh out of Nazis, and I have 1.3 miles of street left with Shia LeBeouf's ass written all over it.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby Philrad71 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:44 pm

I think that Spokane should incorporate Niagara Falls' recycling mascot: Totes McGoats...

"Totes McGoats may scare your kids into recycling!"

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Evergreen Oddventures

Postby The Great Zo » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:17 pm

Electerik wrote:Inside the Pavilion. During the World's Fair, this was used for stuff.


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