Day 2 of our trip began at the Maltby Cafe in the crossroads of Maltby, Washington. Our website thinks the place is in Snohomish, the gas station thought it was in Woodinville but whatever the location this is a wondrous rooadfood spot. The location is in the old town school in the basement which I understand used to be a gym. The place was crowded filled with lots oaf families and loud but not rude kids having fun. Though only a short drive from Seattle it was world away in tone. Customers were not hipsters but people who appeared to be rural out with their family on an outing. the food was wonderful, portions huge. A dinner plate sized cinnamon roll drenched in butter lasted for 3 meals, first rate egg dishes with lots of veggies and fresh roasted coffee .Service was efficient and friendly.The outside was covered with signs of long ago service stations. There is even a coffee cup shaped drive through expresso stand next door. This a 30 mile trip by freeway from downtown Seattle and is simply a must stop fort he serious roadfooder. Buffet buster's trip report has excellent photos of the place and it would be worth looking at that thread if I have sparked your interest.
Since we were already away from downtown we decided to drive to a couple places that should be familiar to anyone who was a fan of 1990's television. Our first stop was the town of Snoqualmie to look at Snoqualmie Falls. Fans of the show "Twin Peaks"would immediately recognize the waterfall that cascades over a cliff in the opening sequence. The local light company set up a power station near the falls and now runs a park near there. Fans of the show may remember a fictional lodge on the show modeled on the real life Salish lodge which is located just above the falls. It was a cold , wet miserable day and the warm cup of coffee by the fire brightened my day considerably. Snoqualmie is also near number of skiing spots and it is only 30 miles from Seattle via freeway. Beautiful falls which brought back memories of a favorite show.
Another 80 miles brought us oer the Snoqualmie pass to another town of 90's t.v fame. The town of Roslyn , Washington would be recognized by most of you as Cicely, Alaska in "Northern Exposure" The mural seen at the beginning of the show is real and is a real restaurant. The building exterior for Dr. Fleishman's office is still there and is now a gift store. The Brick Tavern is a real place and some filming of the show was done and a set based on its look was also used. The Brick is the oldest restaurant in Washington and was built from locally fired bricks. and Sears Roebuck kit for the bar. Probably road food worthy for the look and the very good homemade potato chips.
Roslyn's history is interesting as well. It was a coal mining town and the mine was located under the city. African Americans worked in the mines so it had a significant minority population. There are also 27 (sic) cemeteries in town divided by fraternal orders and ethnic groups. And a lot of folks have vivid memories of the t.v. series. It was fun looking at the buildings and remembering views from the t.v. show which was one of my favorite shows of the 90's
The cable news showed heavy rains in Seattle so headed back via Ellensburg, Yakima,Toppenish and a beautiful drive through the reservation forestd mountains and arrow canyons. Goldendale, Washington's wind turbines fascinated and the drive through the Columbia river gorge was beautiful as always. This time at least, travel man go with the flow won out over careful planning.
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