Trip Start Aug 04, 2008
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Next stop: The Chez Cascadia hostel in West Olympia (capital of Washington). This place was clean and organized. It's run by Jonas who looked to be in his late 20's and had just returned from 2 months in South America - seemed like a very smart and capable guy. The street it was on - modest 1 story houses - was kind of a alternative living community, in the hippie way. Doors were open at most houses, and many had people sitting outside talking, listening to music, etc
Had dinner on 4th Ave, which was the less flattering side of the same cultural coin - homeless-looking kids n the 20's with backpacks sitting on the sidewalk, lots of cheap bars and tattoo parlors. Not dangerous, just grungy. That said, I found a really nice bar/restaurant called the spar, and had a great meal of grilled local salmon over fresh greens, and a pint of a local ale. Man, the food in the middle of the country is so boring.