My wife and I will be spending our first winter in Spokane since moving

I was cautious about leaving a job after seven years with the same company, but it was the right decision to make.

My wife finished graduate school and was ready to live somewhere different, hopefully with a contrasting climate to our own. The two of us were each raised in the south and had never actually lived anywhere else in 28 years. The second I heard rumors about possible layoffs at my company, I knew it was time to start looking for jobs elsewhere. But first we wanted to narrow down a few options for new cities to move to. Surprisingly, we were both on board with going someplace north that is within driving distance of the mountains. This led us to the pacific northwest in general, but there were so many great cities to choose from! That’s when we decided on Spokane, Washington for our new city of choice. All of the ski resorts are easy to get to in the winter, and there are a plethora of lakes for water sports and fishing in the summer. Once we were able to find jobs in the city, that’s when we finally started looking for apartments in Spokane. The very first apartment we looked at in Spokane was in Lincoln Heights on E 17th Avenue. Since we wanted to be closer to downtown, we settled in Manito near Manito park and we absolutely love the trails for walking our dogs. However, as much as we love Spokane, we’re worried about our first winter here. Coming from the south, we know to expect cold temperatures. I was relieved to learn that temperatures rarely go lower than 20 degree fahrenheit during winter in Spokane. Compared to the northern midwest, this isn’t so bad. I have a friend in rural New York and he is used to negative 20 degrees some years!

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