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Day 21 - Honolulu, Hawaii

As we circled Honolulu, Hawaii, Ziggy was beside herself. It was her turn to sit at the window and she wouldn't sit still. As a matter of fact, when the seatbelt light came on, she didn't even pay attention. I told her to sit back and fasten her seat belt. I asked her what it was she was so excited about. She looked at me and meowed, "You'll see!"

The plane lands and taxis down the runway to Gate 17. I hardly had enough time to grab the backpacks when Ziggy shot down the isle. She stopped at the door, turned and meowed at me to hurry up. I followed her and low and behold, who is standing there waiting for us with a sign but Rachel, Ipo and Loke. Rachel is 10 years old and her Mom and Dad, Linda and Kelly are subscribers to my ezine. Mom and Dad couldn't make it but we were so happy to see them. That was Ziggys' surprise.

Ziggy had called Loke and Ipo from Christchurch, New Zealand to tell them of her new found friend, Bowser Joe. When she tried to smuggle Browser Joe out of Christchurch and got caught, she called again when we were in Tokyo. Both Ipo and Loke comforted Ziggy and told her that they would meet her at the airport and take us to the beach.

Well, how could I say no. We were just going to spend a little time there before heading on to Mexico City, but it was warm, the skies were clear, and it's not very often I get to meet one of my family of subscribers. I wish I could meet you all.

So, to the beach we went. Rachel and I talked for a while as did Ziggy and her friends Ipo and Loke.

Rachel had another surprise for us. She brought a big box of Peanut Butter Cookies that is one of her favorite recipes. They were so good. Here's the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together flour, soda and salt.

Beat butter & peanut butter for 30 seconds or more. Add sugar & brown sugar, beat till fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.

Add dry ingredients to the beaten mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine until well blended.

Shape dough into 2" balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and press criss cross markings with a fork.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 11 minutes or until done.

Cool one minute. Makes about 20.

Rachel's note: These cookies were so delicious that they only lasted less than a week. Just don't burn them. They tasted like heaven. I can tell you that!

Buon appetito and thank you Rachel!

Can you imagine? Rachel, Ipo, Loke, Ziggy and me on the beach drinking milk and eating her peanut butter cookies. And getting some sun? WOW!

Ziggy, Ipo and Loke told me and Rachel to keep our eyes on the waves and took off running down the beach. About 20 minutes later, Rachel and I looked out and this is what we saw!!

When they came back, I told them it was time we headed back to the airport so we wouldn't miss our flight out. We're due in Mexico City at 7pm and they're supposed to have some kind of party for me and Ziggy. We said our good-byes and Ziggy promised to write to Ipo and Loke and I thanked Rachel for taking us to the beach and the peanut butter cookies.

I am looking forward to Mexico City but I heard tell of a refried bean in a can frenzy over there and I'm gonna have to warn Ziggy that's it's taboo for her as far as I'm concerned. Ziggy does a dance with the locals and becomes a superstar. I can't wait!

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