FROM HIKING TO BIKING, FISHING AND CAMPING, RIVERSIDE
STATE PARK OFFERS THE BEST OF SPOKANE WHEN IT COMES
TO THE OUTDOORS.
ONE MAN'S HIKE.
WAS MORE OF A PILGRIMAGE.
A WALK BACK IN TIME.
KXLY FOUR'S BRIAN NEALE HAS THE STORY.
FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER, 64 YEAR OLD JIM PAVARNIK
HAS LOOKED AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF HIS MOTHER AND SISTER.
SITTING ON A ROCK.
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE SPOKANE RIVER.
is i have no idea where is was other than the spokane
JIM'S DAD WAS STATIONED AT FAIRCHILD AIRFORCE BASE
IN THE EARLY 50'S.
we'd go through the photo albums a couple times a
year and we'd ask what were you doing here and what
were you doing there
ON AN AUGUST DAY IN '51, THE FAMILY WENT ON AN OUTING
TO RIVERSIDE STATE PARK.
AND JIM'S DAD TOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPH.
my mother was suspiscious when i asked her about it.
she said yeah, that's when we were pregnant with you.
JIM WAS BORN NINE MONTHS LATER, AND WITHIN A YEAR.
THE FAMILY MOVED AWAY.
but i've never been back since basically right around
when that picture was taken.
64 YEARS HAS TAKEN JIM A LONG WAY FROM SPOKANE.
NOW, A PROFESSOR AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.
THROUGH ALL THE MILES...AND ALL THE YEARS.
STAYED IN HIS MIND.
56 i have a student now teaching at washington state
and we were going to come out and see him.
i thought wouldn't that be neat if we could somehow
find that rock.
HE REACHED OUT TO SPOKANE'S HISTORIC PRESERVATION
OFFICER FOR HELP.
TODAY, JIM TOOK A WALK BACK IN TIME.
JUST DOWNSTREAM FROM THE BOWL AND PITCHER.
HERE IT IS.
EXACTLY WHERE HIS MOM AND SISTER LEFT IT...
it's special because my whole family was here and
i was just becoming part of it.
HE SAT ON THE VERY ROCK.
HE SURVEYED THE AREA.
now i think it's kind of a complete cycle sort of
a thing, that i'm now an adult in the same spot where
MY PARENTS ARE NO LONGER WITH US, BUT I THINK THEY
ARE HERE TODAY.
IN RIVERSIDE STATE PARK, BRIAN NEALE KXLY FOUR NEWS.