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September 6, 2002
Coeur d'Alene, ID


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Lunch yesterday was tremendous. We ate at a restaurant called Tomato Street. Their advertising was about their brick fired pizzas. We ended up getting a small pizza to share (roasted garlic, sausage, 5 cheese blend) which was amazing. We also shared something they called a Lazonni. This was a large piece of their home made lasagna, wrapped in their pizza dough, and baked like a calzone. Then it was topped with a zesty tomato/basil sauce. Have never heard of such a thing before, but it was delicious.

Today we went to the Spokane Interstate Fair. It was opening day, so it was a little slow, but there was still plenty to see. There were the animals: hatching chicks, lots of interesting types of chickens, goats, cows, pigs, horses, sheep, llamas, alpaca, and camels. Not sure what they were doing at the fair, but we got a great picture of them posing with Mary.

Mary and some new friends

The Spokane area between Moses Lake and Spokane was very agricultural. They had great signs up that indicated what was planted in the fields. We saw fields of: potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, sweet corn, timothy hay, barley, alfalfa, wheat, and peppermint. At the fair, there was a whole building of prize agricultural products. We saw a pumpkin that weighed 596 pounds! There was also a great display of prize winning tomatoes of every shape and size, as well as lots of different varieties of squash. Here's a picture of Mary with this wide array of veggies:

Prize-winning veggies

The food at the fair was excellent too. We had a sampling of a lot of different things: snow cones, elephant ears, pop-overs (little fried donuty things with a strawberry dipping sauce), baked potatoes with the works, lamb burgers (their sign said "50 million coyotes can't be wrong"), and German sausage. Pete's personal favorite was called a waffle dog. This was a breakfast sausage on a stick, dipped in waffle batter and then put in a waffle iron. It was served smothered in maple syrup. Yum!

Waffle dogs for lunch

The fair also had amusing entertainment options. We took in the Lumberjack show to see some very skilled axe throwing. We also saw the "Alaskan Racing Pigs" which were very amusing. Here's an action photo:

Alaskan racing pigs

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