Things to do in Pullman
Here are some suggestions for fans with time on their hands today in Pullman:
1. Buy Cougar Gold cheese. It is $15 (no tax) for a 30-ounce can at Ferdinand's, the campus creamery located about 100 yards from the indoor football practice "bubble" (about two blocks from Martin Stadium). Ferdinand's also is known for its ice cream cones and milkshakes. Game-day express lines for cheese-only purchases are outside at the loading dock. The milk for the famous cheese and ice cream comes from the off-campus WSU dairy farm. Ferdinand's will be open from noon until kickoff.
2. Visit the Sports Page Tavern in downtown Pullman. Be warned: This is a hotbed of Cougar fanaticism. Don't wear purple if you expect to get in seriously. A sign inside the door says, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone especially Huskies."
Helmets of every WSU opponent hang above the bar, and with beer-driven gusto a helmet is "turned" (often by a WSU assistant coach) to face the wall late on the night of a victory over that opponent. The helmets for all schools except UW are regulation size the Huskies helmet is toy-sized. The Huskies helmet hasn't "turned" for six years. It will be a crazy scene at "The Page" tonight if WSU wins.
3. Visit the Snake River. The WSU crewhouse is next to Wawawai County Park, about a 20-minute drive from Pullman. The setting in many spots is so untouched that you can imagine Lewis and Clark floating past you. Another popular Snake River site is Boyer Park, which is "the beach" for students in late spring and summer.
4. Brused Books. Located at 235 E. Main in downtown Pullman, it is one of the state's most enjoyable used bookstores and has about 70,000 books. Check the selection of books on tape for the ride home. The misspelled name stems from that of owner Bruce Calkins and the fact all books are used, of course. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
5. Get a workout at the Student Recreation Center. The guest fee for this $40 million Taj Mahal of campus recreation is $8 for adults. A football weekend pass is $10 and good from Friday through Sunday, and that's where a lot of the RV crowd showers. Individual visits as the guest of a WSU student are $5.