The key to survival this summer on the Palouse | Opinion

Since I’ve been in Pullman, our friends at Pullman Radio have been putting out a summer survival guide. I came to Pullman to attend Washington State University and chose never to leave. The first summer I spent here, I was still a young student. I was taking a summer course and working in a computer lab. But other than that, I had no idea what to do around Pullman in the summer.

I noticed that the city was emptier. Parking spaces were plentiful. It seemed to be hot every day.

The pace of life has really slowed down and I loved that. It was this summer at the Pullman where I fell in love with the Palouse.

I was a fan of 1150 AM KQQQ. They had Rush Limbaugh, the Mariners (before they woke up) and Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. I spent many summer nights listening to Bell and sitting in the computer lab surfing this new invention called the World Wide Web. I didn’t leave the lab until Coast to Coast AM finished broadcasting for the night. Usually around 5 or 6 in the morning.

While listening to the radio throughout the day, I heard about the Summer Survival Guide and got my own copy. This year the 36th annual summer survival guide was released. It is also available online atpullmanradio.com.

Having a copy of the Summer Survival Guide could be incredibly handy this year. There’s someone I’m introducing to the Palouse this summer.

I have no idea where to go and what to do that would completely interest him. Although I have my favorite things to do, I guess not everyone wants to travel the west coast to play softball. Although I don’t know why. What’s wrong with some people?

I decided it would be a great idea for me to pick up this year’s Summer Survival Guide to help me find ideas on how to spend some free time and introduce someone to the Palouse and east of Washington.

As I continued through the guide, I found a handful of things I’m going to try. I found a page showing golf courses in the area. I’m no Joel Dahman but I bet we played some of the same local golf courses.

The man discovering the Palouse takes golf lessons, so I guess we’ll go to a few golf courses.

There is a section that is dedicated to wineries and breweries. It’s not really my cup of tea.

Although my logical and reasoning skills are recognized around the world, I am not one to go to art museums. Let’s go to the next page.

The Summer Survival Guide is so full of ideas that skipping these sections won’t leave me days without activities.

Passing by these, I came across a section called parks and recreation. I had no idea how many parks and other areas were within reach of the Palouse. One of the parks referred to is in one of our neighboring counties, Grant County. The park is Sun Lakes and was one of my favorite destinations as a kid. This entry brought back memories.

Although art galleries are not my cup of tea, I love museums and historical sites. The guide has page after page with museums and historical sites. How exciting!

In addition to the categories mentioned, there is a huge calendar of events. The calendar starts with events on May 27, and the last event listed is mid-September. If you’re bored on the Palouse this summer, it’s your fault. This year’s Summer Survival Guide is a must-have.

Anderson is a computer programmer who enjoys serving the community through various community-oriented service jobs.

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