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Memorial Death March

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Memorial Death March

At 25.7 miles, Army veteran Ron O'Ferrall marveled at a wall of stones and clay to his left and the peaks of White Sand to his right. "I will never forget this wall," he wrote in an email not long after returning from the 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March held

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2016 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest.  In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.  Click the link below and start your journey today. Click here to view our interactive 2016 Spring Welcome Guide.

Online guides for 2016

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Online guides for 2016

Veterans Day   Fall Career & Education Guide   Homes and Living Guide   Fall Guide   Summer Welcome Guide   JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo Program   Freedom Fest Guide   Memorial Day Guide   Armed Forces Day Guide   Summer Guide   Spring Welcome Guide  

JBLM's Earthworks turns waste into compost for wildflowers

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JBLM's Earthworks turns waste into compost for wildflowers

Spring is here, and the JBLM prairies are awash with golden paintbrush, Oregon sunshine, balsamroot, iris and other wildflowers. These beautiful prairie flowers are preserved and propagated with the help of the Center for Natural Lands Management's (CNLM) South Sound Prairies Conservation Nursery program, where these plants are carefully nurtured

A journey to freedom

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A journey to freedom

Imagine being the Afghanistan Navy Seal that killed an 8-year-old carrying what looked like an IED or being the Army nurse that was raped by the very servicemembers she was protecting. Does that sound like memories that just go away after one exits the military? A combat veteran can still carry on

Being a Northwesterner

Military Life

Being a Northwesterner

For a city of only about 200,000 people, Tacoma boasts far more than its fair share of urban atmosphere. There's a reason why locals still refer to it as "Grit City," despite all the refurbishment of the last few years and its current status among the most livable cities in

Cruising from the Northwest

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Cruising from the Northwest

Many people associate cruise vacations with the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean, but the fact is that the world of cruising is so much more than beaches and Caribbean ports. Cruises go nearly anywhere in the world and allow those on board to explore a variety of ports of

Foraging the forest

Outdoors

Foraging the forest

There's food all around us in the many forests in western Washington. It's free for the picking, and it is tasty and nutritional, organic, all-natural, and with no harmful hormones or chemicals. But you need to know what you're picking and eating, because while much of it is healthier than

Branching out

Outdoors

Branching out

According to anthropologists, our distant ancestors were arboreal primates who came down from the trees millions of years ago when the climate changed. According to parents, our children are arboreal apes who will happily climb any convenient tree to regard us from on high. Some things never change. If you'd

Eastern Washington travels

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Eastern Washington travels

The road trip to eastern Washington is easily one of the most scenic and beautiful trips from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Most people don't automatically think of Spokane and The Palouse region as vacation destinations, but the ever-changing scenery of mountains, forests, deserts and rolling hills, gives this area a distinct

Spring skiing

Outdoors

Spring skiing

Whether you are an avid skier or trying snowboarding for the first time, early spring is a great time to strap on those boots and hit the slopes in Washington, with many of our local hills offering great discounts for military families. Spring Ski Conditions: Although the snowfall can be a bit

Northwest dog trips

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Northwest dog trips

They say every dog has his day, and these days it seems every dog has his day out: More canines are hitting the road come vacation time. "The Northwest is really dog-friendly," said Holly Anderson of Mud Bay stores. "If you're just walking around sightseeing, everyone is very relaxed about it,

It's party time!

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It's party time!

It's easy being a kid in the South Sound. There's plenty of fun places for a child to stretch their legs and enjoy some unique experiences. Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo is a hands-on petting zoo experience. At Jozee Rooz, their specialty is baby and miniature pets.

Visiting Sumner

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Visiting Sumner

Tacoma is surrounded by smaller towns of all shapes and sizes, and many make great day trips. Get out of the city and get to know the region by seeing it up close and personal. Case in point - the small town of Sumner, which is situated due east of

Steilacoom the first

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Steilacoom the first

As I stood inside the Orr Wagon Shop in downtown Steilacoom, I could hear the rain drumming on the roof. Through a westward facing window framed by Nathaniel Orr in 1870, I could see Puget Sound and another gray wall of rain headed my way. Across from me, about a half dozen

Furniture, fun and fudge

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Furniture, fun and fudge

Furniture is essential in transforming a house into a home, and finding ideal pieces suited to individual tastes requires a balance of both aesthetic appeal and functionality. Fortunately, The Old Cannery Furniture and Mattress Warehouse in Sumner offers a vast selection of furniture options with something for everyone. Established in 1984,

Spring and Summer events in Olympia

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Spring and Summer events in Olympia

It's almost that time again: the time when the puddles dry up and South Sound is showered with festivals and special events. For those who haven't yet experienced this particular type of deluge, here are some highlights, compiled with help from the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau. And even if you've lived

Olympia music scene

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Olympia music scene

While I live in Tacoma, I love my time that I get to spend in Olympia, which doesn't happen frequently enough for my taste. Whereas Tacoma is relatively spread out, Olympia has most of its main attractions conveniently located in a dense cluster of downtown awesomeness. Olympia has been known

Jobs & Education

Catholic schools

Catholic schools have made a strong presence in Thurston County, allowing students to enter as young as 3 years old at Holy Family School, head to Pope John Paul II High School, and complete their studies as a college graduate at St. Martin's University. Holy Family School is a private Catholic

Farmland Pets and Feed

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Farmland Pets and Feed

Someone once said, "A house is not a home without a pet," and I tend to agree. Throughout my childhood, my family owned several different dogs and the occasional cat, and over the years we cared for more than our share of rescues and strays. It was almost as if

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