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Mount Rainier in a day

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Mount Rainier in a day

Military families are rarely stationed near friends and family. A new duty station often triggers lots of visitors who want to see all the sights but are limited on time. Mount Rainier in a day allows you to experience the highlights quickly.  It is a lot of driving, but the

Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean

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Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean

The story of Lewis and Clark's epic adventure to reach the Pacific Ocean is one every child learns when studying United States history.  What was once just a story on paper jumps to life when exploring the sites on either side of the Columbia River at The Lewis and Clark

Home away from home

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Home away from home

Some of my fondest memories growing up are from the week we would spend at Pensacola Beach each year. You can make your own memories nearby in the San Juan Islands. There are many rental options available - from a condo on Friday Harbor and a luxury resort on Orcas

Evergreen Elementary celebrates grand opening

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Evergreen Elementary celebrates grand opening

On Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m., the Clover Park School District (CPSD) hosted the grand opening celebration of the Evergreen Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, student performances, presentations and self-guided tours of the school. According to CPSD superintendent Debbie LeBeau, "Washington state

Exceptional women connected to base honored

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Exceptional women connected to base honored

Flavia Garcia Hulsey from the Team Red, White and Blue (RWB), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)/Tacoma Chapter and Holly Constantine from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), DuPont Subchapter, are two women that will be honored May 5 at the South Sound Exceptional Women banquet hosted by Soroptimist International

Knickknacks and bric-a-brac

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Knickknacks and bric-a-brac

A knickknack is a small item used as an ornament while bric-a-brac is a miscellaneous collection of small objects commonly of ornamental or sentimental value. This boring definition discounts how much fun it is to shop and curate the perfect look for your home or add to a collection you are

Whale watching in the San Juans

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Whale watching in the San Juans

It was one of those rare days in the San Juans when the sea was completely calm and still. The sailboat gently bobbed in the quiet cove. Capt. Hobbes Buchanan brought his breakfast up on deck and got the surprise of his life. "I found myself accidentally in the middle of

Transitioning from military to business owner

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Transitioning from military to business owner

Transitioning from the military can be a challenging life experience. Throw in a move and launch a business into the mix, and you either sink or you swim.  For orthodontist Kirk Dahlke, DMD, MS, who transitioned from the Army in 2016 and opened Dahlke Orthodontics, it has been a period

San Diego getaway

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San Diego getaway

With a little research on the Delta Airlines website, we were able to fly my family of four to San Diego, California, for 80,000 miles. Taking a direct flight from Sea-Tac, we landed in San Diego in less than three hours. Lodging proved a little more challenging. Our goal was to

Pelindaba Lavender

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Pelindaba Lavender

Pelindaba Lavender is nestled in a quiet valley on San Juan Island. The vision of owner, Stephen Robins, the farm is a tourist destination, an Open-Space Preservation Project, and a business that is now the largest on-farm producer of handcrafted lavender products in the country.  Robins has done all this

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