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Day 9 - Olympia, Washington

As we got close to Olympia, Washington, Ziggy was just waking up in the back seat. I had rented a car in Kennewick, Wa., and said, "Washington was the 42nd state in the USA. It became a state on November 11, 1889. And it state is named for George Washington, the first president of the USA." She had been sleeping like you wouldn't believe. That was a tough trip up the Snake River and she didn't sleep at all on our trip through Cascade Mountains into Olympia. Then we're going to swing up to Seattle for some Starbucks coffee so we didn't have too much time. Plus, we're going up the Seattle Space Needle too! What a full day ahead.

Washington States' nickname is the Evergreen State. And I can see why. There were evergreens everywhere. As we pulled into Olympia, we saw two xhef walking down the street. We pulled over and and they said they were Patrick Knutson and Scott Fuller of Budd Bay Cafe which was voted Olympia's Favorite Waterfront Restaurant over the last few years. "What a coincedence!" I said. The restaurant we decided on eating at was called Budd Bay Cafe.

We pulled over and walked along with them. I told them who we were and what we were doing for the next 40 something days we had left and where we had been so far.

I said, "There's a question we have been asking folks along the way. Ehat's it mean to you to be an American."

They replied, "We love it here in Olympia. We get tourists from all over America. They bring a little bit of wherever they from with them and when they leave here, we hope we have provided them with an experience they will never forget. We love America and are proud of our country. We see it in the faces of all who visit us from all over."

We were invited into the restaurant and they gave us a table with a spectacular view. He said, "One of the great advantages of living in the Pacific Northwest is that we get to enjoy salmon before anyone else, except Alaska, of course." This is what we had and they were gracious enough to give us the recipe.

Cedar Plank-Roasted Copper River King Salmon
Serves 4

Bronzed Salmon:
4 each 6-ounce portions of Copper River King Salmon
4 teaspoon Kieto's Dry Rub Seasoning (recipe available in the Kitchen Club)

Season salmon and place in center of cedar plank. Bake in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roasted Vegetable and Potatoes:
1 pound red potatoes, quartered, steamed
12 ounces green beans, blanched
6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and quartered
6 ounces baby carrots, peeled
1 bunch green onions, cut into 2" pieces
2 tablespoons fresh thyme sprigs
1 tablespoon Kieto's Dry Rub Seasoning
2 ounces butter, melted

Toss all vegetables and potatoes with seasoning mix. Melt butter in sauté pan and add mixture. Sauté on stovetop for 1 minute and place in oven with salmon. When the salmon is done cooking remove from oven.

Serve on cedar plank or remove salmon from plank and place vegetable mixture to the side of plank and top with the cooked salmon. Top with a Bernaise sauce if you would like.

Buon appetito!

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Allyson, Pat C., Barbara, and Shelly walked into the restaurant. WOW! Four subscribers. They offered me and Ziggy a ride up to Seattle. I dropped the rental car off at the airport. They didn't have to ask us twice. We laughed and remembered some of the stories I wrote while Ziggy, of course, slept.

We pulled into Seattle and got a parking spot right in front of Starbucks Coffee. We could see the Space Needle from where we were and it was a beautiful site. After several minutes, we noticed Ziggy was nowhere to be found.

Here she comes prancing down the street wearing this hat that made us all bust out in laughter. See, she didn't have one for Washington, so, she stopped off at a store and picked one up. Whree the heck did she get the money? I guess from our pet subscribers.

A Space Needle hat! How perfect! We left Starbucks and headed for the Space Needle and it was something else.

We spent about an hour there and had to get moving on because we had to be in Helena, Montana in the morning. Ziggy meowed to me that we had to be careful because she saw on TV that the state animal was the Great Grizzly Bear.

"Don't worry Ziggy," I said, "They don't like cats. Especially ones who wear space needle hats!"

See ya Tuesday in Helena, Montana :)

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