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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,

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

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

Front Street

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Front Street

If you can sing every word of Disney's Frozen, you're basically a Norway fan. Animators based the fictional kingdom of Arendelle on Akershus Fortress, Bryggen town, and the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo. You may have sung "Let It Go" in the shower, imagining yourself wailing away from an ice castle

The Bloedel Reserve

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The Bloedel Reserve

Nestled beyond the shorelines of Bainbridge Island sits 150 acres of meticulously cultivated land. The land began as the property of Prentice Bloedel, son of a prominent lumber company owner, and his wife Virginia. While Bloedel followed in his father's footsteps and took over the MacMillian Bloedel Timber Company in

Collect, preserve and interpret

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Collect, preserve and interpret

The gorgeous example of turn-of-the-century architecture known as "Building 50" sits adjacent to the Bremerton ferry dock in the picturesque town of Bremerton. Inside its thoughtfully restored walls, it houses permanent and temporary collections of photos, documents, artifacts, scale models and interactive exhibits, all detailing the indispensible role of the

Olympia Meet-ups

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Olympia Meet-ups

When we say Olympia Meet-ups, we're not necessarily talking about groups organized around a topic or discipline like a booklovers' meet-up or skateboarders' meet-up. We're talking about places where people in Olympia get together to talk about stuff. And since it's Olympia, we're talking about hippies, artists and writers -

Visit Port Townsend

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Visit Port Townsend

Do you dream of warm, sunny days on a sandy beach? Then you won't want to miss out on Port Townsend. A short road trip away, this vibrant beach community is less than a two-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. One of only three Victorian waterfronts in the U.S., Port

Places to tour water vessels

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Places to tour water vessels

The Puget Sound is a maritime region. Even if you're not a boater, you can still delve into the local maritime heritage in plenty of ways - some of the best of which are festivals, museums and actual water vessels. Get up close and personal with submarines, Navy destroyers or

Deployment Club

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Deployment Club

At a little school just outside the gates of Naval Base Kitsap, a special group of students file into a small office to eat lunch and put the finishing touches on their latest craft project. They've created handmade picture frames and are discussing whether magnets or tape would be the

News Front

Army Jazz Ambassadors to play Bellevue College

Their big-band swing, their bebop and their jazzy popular sounds have been heard around the world. Now, on April 5, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring band of the United States Army, will play a concert at Bellevue College's Courter Family Athletic Pavilion. And this fun, toe-tapping good time

You had us at aloha

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You had us at aloha

Announcer: Can't afford a trip to Hawaii this year? Don't fret, you can still enjoy the tastes and sounds of island life by taking a short hop to the Lanai Café in downtown Olympia. You can get your Kalua on any Monday through Saturday, but you can also swing to

Bras for a cause

News Front

Bras for a cause

So here's the thing about causes for breast cancer: some of them kind of skate along on the pink ribbon and pocket profits. Some of them raise a lot of money that goes to a lot of places and makes a little difference, once the overhead is paid. And some

Grown-up spring break

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Grown-up spring break

If you aren't a proud alumnus of the University of Washington, an afternoon on its campus may seem an odd choice for a single-day Seattle getaway. Still, there's something so memorable about college life that graduates can find themselves recalling a more adventuresome era as they stroll along the Quad.

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