Summer is Unofficially Here!

It is hard to believe that the travel season started this weekend. Throngs of happy, smiling people cramming into a tiny space at one time, financial assault at the gas pumps, and traffic jams on the highways. What a good time just waiting to be had by all!

One thing usually associated with summer is actually something that I really like to do year round… grilling. I have been known to fire up the grill at 3 AM or 3 PM, and even in the snow. Just because it is late or winter doesn’t mean it is not a good time to grill so I never let it stop me. Granted, there may be extenuating circumstances for grilling at 3 AM…

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here at the refuge so we fired up the grill and I made some potatoes with onion and olive oil in foil pouches and cooked up some burgers and something new that I had never tried – salmon burgers. Made from filets of Pacific salmon and procured from the nearby Costco, you toss them on the grill for about 5 minutes or so and they are ready. I am told that Pacific salmon is the best and does taste different than its counterparts a continent away. Now, I do not like, and never DID like, salmon patties and salmon I have bought before and tried just had a bad flavor. I remember them as a kid and I hated them then, and I hate them now. But these… oh man, they are really, really tasty and probably a bit more healthy than a burger as well. If you can find them at your local Costco give them a try. They are in an orange bag in the freezer section.

Today the grill shall be out again and we shall again dine on some more grilled goodness. It was all so tasty yesterday that we decided to do it again today. As for tomorrow… who knows?

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