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Explore Vancouver’s new waterfront

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Explore Vancouver’s new waterfront

Vancouver's waterfront is undergoing a vibrant rebirth with new restaurants, hotels, wineries, trails and parks. The waterfront is now anchored by the 90-foot Grant Street Pier. The cable stay pier makes a great gathering spot as it looms over the Columbia River providing not only great views of

Step up your camping game

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Step up your camping game

With all the rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest, camping in a tent may not be for everyone. You can still reap the benefits of this low-cost lodging option by car camping. Veteran Anthony James Rhoads, a locomotive electrician, has been car camping since 2012 and loves it. Over the

Avoid the summer heat at Anderson Island

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Avoid the summer heat at Anderson Island

When summer begins to heat up, try something new and head to Anderson Island to cool off in an old-fashioned swimming hole. Getting there is half the fun with a 30-minute ferry ride across the Puget Sound.          At the end of Union St., in the town of Steilacoom, sits the ferry

Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground

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Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground

Do you want to try camping but not sure you want to go far away for your first trip? Or maybe you have more family coming to visit and not enough space. A hidden gem for local camping is the Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground which is a lovely

A dog-friendly haven

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A dog-friendly haven

Traveling with your dog can be a fun adventure, but if you are at a National Park, dogs are usually restricted to the areas surrounding the parking lots and not allowed on the trails. Not many people realize the Olympic National Park is surrounded by the Olympic National Forest, which

2019 Blue Star Museum season

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2019 Blue Star Museum season

The Blue Star Museum Program kicked off for 2019 on Armed Forces Day and runs through Sept. 2, Labor Day. The program offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves. The National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of

Turning love of fashion into a portable career

Military Life

Turning love of fashion into a portable career

Air Force Spouse Olivia Harrell, owner of Liv and Rory, has always loved fashion, but dreams of being a visual merchandiser or buyer for a retail store did not fit in with the frequent moves of military life. Like many military spouses, she found a solution by opening her own

Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

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Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

Sometimes you just need a getaway from your daily routine, and planning a trip with your best gal pals is a perfect break with no one else to worry about or pack for. The Long Beach Peninsula with its miles of beaches and its cute little hamlets is a great

Fairbanks, Alaska

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Fairbanks, Alaska

The land of the midnight sun is much closer than you might expect. Flights on Alaska Airlines from Seattle are a less than a four-hour nonstop flight. Heading out on an early morning flight can have you exploring by 9:30 a.m., giving you a full day on your trip. Fairbanks

Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

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Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

On May 22, the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund presented $27,000 in scholarships to deserving family members of soldiers, retirees, and Gold Star Families living within a 50-mile radius of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This year, 19 high school students, four university recipients and three Army spouses were awarded

Visit beautiful Salem

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Visit beautiful Salem

Salem, Oregon, is a beautiful main street community which makes a perfect base for your stay in the area. Pick a downtown hotel and you can walk to many attractions, shops and restaurants. In addition to the city, Salem is in the heart of the Willamette Valley and is surrounded

Armed Forces Day military discounts

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Armed Forces Day military discounts

Many local businesses are showing their appreciation to military servicemembers on Armed Forces Day and during the month of May. At businesses, ask if they offer a military discount. Some that don't usually offer a military discount may offer one this month. So take advantage of these offers and save

Interesting facts and trivia about AF Day

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Interesting facts and trivia about AF Day

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, is upon us. But what exactly is Armed Forces Day? It is a day to celebrate and honor the men and women who are currently serving in the United States Armed Services. Here are some interesting tidbits and facts about this annual holiday

PNW Explorers learn all about beads

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PNW Explorers learn all about beads

The Pacific Northwest Explorers ventured to Exit 111 off of I-5 to discover what the buzz was about in the newly named Lacey Producers District. In an area dominated by large warehouse buildings, a variety of businesses are popping up which are open to the public. Craft beverage makers include

JBLM to host Military Retiree Appreciation Day

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JBLM to host Military Retiree Appreciation Day

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day event will take place Friday, May 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Lake Conference Center. The event will provide services and information of interest to military retirees, and lots of giveaways and door prizes. Madigan Army Medical Center

The Bremerton to Seattle Ferry

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The Bremerton to Seattle Ferry

The Washington State Ferry System is a vital transit system for many who work in the Seattle area or live on the many local islands in the Puget Sound. In off-peak times, and on weekends, a ferry trip can be a great discount harbor cruise. One of my favorites is

International Military Band Concert in Olympia

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International Military Band Concert in Olympia

The International Military Band Concert will take place Saturday, May 18, in Olympia. Musicians from both Canadian and U.S. bands will be performing. The host band is the 133d Washington Army National Guard Band. Also, from the U.S., are the United States Navy Band Northwest from Bremerton and the United

Old-fashioned lake vacation

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Old-fashioned lake vacation

Many of us have fond memories of lake vacations with boating, fishing and lots of swimming. The towns of Chelan and Manson are perfect destinations for a lakeside vacation. Lake Chelan's crystal clear waters fed by melting snow from nearby hills and mountains just beckons on hot summer days. Just

Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

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Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

If you have ever wanted to take an Alaskan cruise, now is the time. Multiple cruise lines depart each week from the Port of Seattle to head north to Alaska. In previous seasons, older ships were typically what you would see, but in 2018, Norwegian Cruise Lines launched the brand-new

2019 summer food festivals

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2019 summer food festivals

One of my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest is how much better the food tastes. Words like fresh, local and farm-to-table epitomize the food culture in this area. One of the best ways to experience this is by visiting summer food festivals. Hood Canal Shrimp Fest, May 25-26 This fun, family-friendly

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