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Exploring the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway

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Exploring the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway

The Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway stretches from I-5 exit 231 at Burlington to Bellingham's Fairhaven Historic District, a total of 21 miles. Traveling through scenic farmlands until reaching the coast and hugging the shoreline, the drive offers artisan crafts and foods, challenging hikes, great views and a rich history. The first

Falling asleep during the day?

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Falling asleep during the day?

Are you falling asleep during the middle of the day even after sleeping eight hours? Does your bed partner complain about your loud, disruptive snoring? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea, a severe sleep disorder that can lead to more serious health issues and even a shortened

A Selfie Tour of Olympia

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A Selfie Tour of Olympia

A selfie tour is an enjoyable way to see an area, hit all the highlights and have a fun road trip with friends. For my tour, I invited two fellow military spouses: Jennifer Bowen, a photographer, and Gwyn Nielsen, a lifestyle blogger (sparklingcharm.com) and photographer, who both provided great tips

Museum shops offer unique holiday gifts

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Museum shops offer unique holiday gifts

Tired of the same old gifts? Having trouble being creative with your presents? Museum shops are filled with distinctive items at all price points that you won't find anywhere else. Rather than spend a whole day shopping, enjoy an afternoon at a local museum and finish up your shopping on

Save money on holiday shopping

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Save money on holiday shopping

Less than a 45-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is The Outlet Collection Seattle, which is a great stop for all your holiday shopping. It is the largest fully enclosed outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest and home to more than 130 stores. The mall features top-brand outlet stores such

Romantic getaway to Gig Harbor

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Romantic getaway to Gig Harbor

Even with busy military schedules, sometimes you have an unexpected free weekend. Grab your sweetie and head across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the maritime village of Gig Harbor. The Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites is your base for the weekend. The hotel has a lovely garden setting and is

The Great War Christmas Event

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The Great War Christmas Event

The Lewis Army Museum will host the Great War Christmas Event Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the museum lobby. "During this centennial year we are looking back at how the U.S. Army shaped our local and national culture. We hope

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

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Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

There is something about crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge into Gig Harbor. You can feel the stress melt away with the scenic views as the traffic lightens up. For a change of pace, holiday shop in Gig Harbor at two very distinct locations, Uptown and Downtown. Downtown Gig Harbor is the

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

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Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

There is one gift you can never go wrong giving, because just about everyone loves chocolate. For a more personal touch, shop local. Brown & Haley is a more than 100-year-old Tacoma icon with its well-loved Roca brand of candies.  The Seattle Chocolate Factory is becoming well-known for its small-batch

Explore beyond Deception Pass

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Explore beyond Deception Pass

Fall is a busy time for most families, with soccer games, school activities, meetings and military field exercises with long hours. Whidbey Island is a great destination to reconnect for a retro family weekend. The Fort Casey Inn will be your base for the weekend.  This circa 1909 inn is the

Pacific Northwest Explorers

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Pacific Northwest Explorers

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers is a subclub of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Subclubs are a membership perk of joining LCSC. The PNW Explorers typically meet on the third Thursday of the month to get out and explore the local area. The group schedules

Out-of-the-box gifts

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Out-of-the-box gifts

The holiday season will soon be here, and gift giving (which can be a source of stress to many) is a big part of it. This year, consider the gift of experiences. It is a fun way to give something new. Rather than a fruit or dessert-of-the-month club, purchase a Tacoma

Forks, a Twilight experience

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Forks, a Twilight experience

The Twilight Saga of books and movies captivated the world especially teenage girls. Its setting is the town of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula. Author Stephanie Meyers googled the rainiest place in the United States and the Olympic Peninsula was the winner. She then searched for a small town that

Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek makes a great day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Located near Eatonville, the park is nestled in a natural setting with a tree-lined drive that makes you feel like you are out in the woods exploring. The park is easy to navigate, and the large paved trails wind

The Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial

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The Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial

One of the most unique war memorials in the United States is the Stonehenge Memorial in Goldendale, Washington. This full-scale replica of the ancient Neolithic structure in Wiltshire County, England, honors 13 young Klickitat County men who lost their lives in World War I. Samuel Hill, a Quaker pacifist and patron

Largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi

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Largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi

On Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the unmistakable roar of more than 400 motorcycles will mark the start of the 2017 Albany (Oregon) Veterans Day Parade. The traditional motorcycle start will be eagerly anticipated by the more than 45,000 spectators expected to turn out this year to watch the

From vine to glass

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From vine to glass

The Applegate Valley in southern Oregon is a special place. Highway 238 is a scenic two-lane country road that follows the curves of the Applegate River. It winds up and down forested hillsides and past rows of trellised grape vines. Small family farms with fields of fresh produce and herds

LCSC Annual Holiday Market

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LCSC Annual Holiday Market

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) is hosting its annual Holiday Market at Lakes High School* Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get an early start on your holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list. This year, the event will be held off base.   "Our

New crew in Tacoma

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New crew in Tacoma

A group of military and civilian families has come together to establish a new Venturing Crew in Tacoma. Venturing is a program under the auspices of the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) and is for youth ages 14 to 21 years old. Venturing Crew 216 falls under the Pacific Harbor Council,

Growing Veterans

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Growing Veterans

Growing Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit veteran-run organization founded by Marine Corps veteran Chris Brown and Chris Wolf, a licensed mental health professional, in 2012. The organization's two farms -- one in Skagit County and one in Whatcom County -- are the cornerstone of the program. The group combines the peer

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