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University District & Vicinity Sunlight sparkles across the Spokane River as I rest my paddle to take in the view. There are plenty of ways to explore the University District, just east of the downtown core, but a kayak float on the Spokane River has to be one of the most fun. Our guide, Ryan Griffith, outdoor- recreation-program supervisor for City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, met us at the parking lot of the McKinstry Innova- tion Center (where entrepreneurs are developing new technologies in sectors such as clean technology, education, high tech and life sciences), which provides kayak access to the Spokane River with no fees. Spokane Parks, whose outdoor programs range from snowshoeing to bicycling, offers float trips of varying durations and destinations for small and large groups. The sit-on-top kayaks used on the river tour, typically offered in the summer, are ideal for beginning kayakers like Derek and me. After carefully listening to Griffith’s safety instructions, we donned our life jackets and headed to the river for our half-day excursion. Now we leisurely pad- dle as silvery rainbow trout dart beneath our kayaks and ospreys soar overhead. The river eddies in spots, swirling around wil- low saplings and marshy grasses dotting the shoreline. We leisurely paddle as silvery rainbow trout dart beneath our kayaks and ospreys soar overhead. On the south bank of the river we glimpse Riverpoint Campus, the location of Washington State University Spokane, with its striking contemporary architec- ture; Eastern Washington University Spokane; a branch of Whitworth Univer- sity; and the main offices of Community Colleges of Spokane. On the north bank shines the copper spire of Gonzaga Univer- sity’s Jundt Art Museum, while students studying on the lawn near the Gonzaga School of Law shout friendly greetings to us. All too soon, it’s time to leave the water, so Derek and I are glad we decided to make land visits to several of the places we saw from the river. We take a stroll through the beautiful tree-graced Gonzaga campus, home of the nationally recognized Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s and women’s basketball teams. Any visit to the campus should include a stop at the Jundt Art Museum, whose blown-glass collection—nearly 40 pieces by Dale Chihuly—wows us, especially the stunning, conical Gonzaga Red Chandelier. The exhibit “What is Art? Visual and Mate- rial Culture from the Permanent Collec- tion,” on view at the museum through March 8, showcases works by famous artists such as Chihuly, Albrecht Dürer, William Hogarth and Rembrandt van Rijn, Ice Age Floods and Wooly Mammoths • Spokane Tribe of Indians • Julyamsh and Pow Wows • Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey • Balazs and Kienholz • Spokane’s Chinatown • Spokane’s Kentucky Derby Winner • US Army and Indian Wars • Stagecoaches and Combines • Natatorium Park and Streetcars • Coeur d’Alene Tribe • Timber, Wheat and Wine • Forts Walla Walla, Spokane and George Wright • Campbell, Cannon, Glover and James Chase • 100+ Year-old Companies • Kalispel Tribe of Indians • Inventors and Innovators • Victorian Fashion and Everyday Clothes • Chief Spokane Garry • Bloomsday and Community Gatherings • Buffalo Soldiers and Fairchild AFB • Watering the West with Grand Coulee Dam • Women’s Suffrage and Father’s Day • Ms. Tokushima and Sister Cities • Silver Valley Mines, Railroads and Labor Unrest • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservations • Historic Davenport Hotel • Renovated Fox Theater Opens Bing and The 02.22.14 • Miss Spokane Promotes the Inland Northwest • Jaco Finlay and presenting sponsor northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 1 mile west of downtown spokane Spokane House • May Arkwright Hutton and Kirtland Cutter • Felts and Geiger Fields S14 SPOKANE FEBRUARY 2014 AKHZ 02.14 SP_REC.indd 14 AL ASK A AIRLINES & HORIZON EDITION M AGA ZINES 1/17/14 11:36 AM