I came here for graduate school, and during my move I was already telling my dad about where I wanted to live next. I never intended to stay long, but it's been almost 4 years since I moved here. My only reason for staying has been to support Craig through his PhD.
I wanted to to acknowledge 10 positives about living in Pullman, WA.
1) The running community.
My favorite local races are Moscow Mountain Madness (a trail run with incredible elevation gain) and Snake River Canyon Half Marathon (a flat half marathon course along the Snake River). By the way I'm running the latter next weekend!
|Photo credit: Ben Herndon|
2) The trails.
I kid you not, this region has been feature in Runners World twice since I moved here in, once in 2015 and once last December.
There are multiple paved trails to run. One trail is an 8 mile loop around Pullman. There is also a trail all the way to Idaho and beyond. The lengths of both these routes are perfect for marathon training!
|Looking not-so-fresh after running the 8 mile loop last weekend|
3) Moscow Co-op.
The local co-op sells a ton of dairy-free foods like fake cheese, ice cream and cupcakes with dairy-free frostings. It also sells incredible breads.
There is even a cafe that has cafeteria-style food where you can fill a plate up and pay by the pound. Options include different salads, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, tofu dishes and breakfast foods (if you get there early enough!). It's fun to eat something that tastes homemade that I didn't have to prepare myself.
My favorite in town is Roost. It's interior is kind of trendy, with plants on top of stacks of books. It sells wonderful pastries (their carrot cake is awesome!). There coffee always tastes great. I usually get a soy latte, and it never fails to disappoint.
|That soy milk foam though|
5) The rec center.
There are fun classes you can take. Over the years I have taken: barre (multiple times), TRX, belly dancing (with a friend; definitely not my thing lol), and yoga. The classes are taught by students, so are usually no more than about $20 for 4 months.
|I ran in a "color 5K" put on by the rec center|
6) Free movies!
The selection is usually things that just left theaters. Over the past month me and Craig have gone to: Moana, Doctor Strange, and most recently Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We went to a movie there for our first Valentine's Day (About Time). We've only ever left in the middle of a movie once (50 Shades of Gray) because it was too bad to watch haha.
7) Kamiak Butte and Moscow Mountain.
|Me, my dad, and youngest brother at Kamiak Butte|
|Me and my brother at Moscow Mountain|
8) The Moscow Farmers Market.
|Some nice looking purple peppers at the farmers market last year|
9) Snow days.
|A walk in the snow at Kamiak Butte|
10) The people.
|Me and my friend Teresa after a halloween run.|