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Washington State International Kite Festival

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Washington State International Kite Festival

The 2017 Washington State International Kite Festival kicks off Aug. 21 in Long Beach and runs through Aug. 27. It is a weeklong celebration of everything pertaining to kites. Famous kite fliers and thousands of spectators from all over the world converge on the area to participate in this annual

Combining art with nature

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Combining art with nature

One of the more unique museums on this year's list of Blue Star Museums is the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. A majestic outdoor site surrounded by towering trees is the location for this showcase of art and nature. On exhibit now is "Natives," a creative collaboration between landscape artist

Nidoto Nai Yoni

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Nidoto Nai Yoni

A shameful moment in U.S. history comes to life on Bainbridge Island. The Eagledale Ferry Dock marks the spot where the first Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II and incarcerated in concentration camps. Two locations on the island highlight this history, and once you

South Sound Craft Crawl

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South Sound Craft Crawl

South Sound craft breweries are becoming a destination and gaining recognition throughout the world.  In Olympia, The Fish Brewing Company is home to Beyond the Pale Ale, named the 2015 World's Best Beer by the World's Best Beer Awards. If you want to learn more about these great local brews,

Washington 6th most patriotic state

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Washington 6th most patriotic state

The personal finance website, WalletHub, recently released its report on 2017's Most Patriotic States in America.  Washington came in at number six.  Virginia took top honors, while New Jersey has the dubious honor of least patriotic state in the union.  WalletHub used 13 key indicators to determine the level of patriotism.  Max

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

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Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

The Bloedel Reserve is one of the most distinctive public gardens in the United States. Founders Prentice and Virginia Bloedel created this beautiful landscape in the early 1950s and continued to make improvements during the years they lived there.   "Nature is but another word for health," wrote Henry David Thoreau, and

Olympia, a capital city like no other

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Olympia, a capital city like no other

Olympia is the capital city of Washington state and unlike most capital cities, it has a laid-back, kick off your shoes mentality. The city and its surrounding areas allow you to go at your own pace, to relax and disconnect.  Take a day to explore the top five attractions the

Get outside with JBLM MWR

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Get outside with JBLM MWR

The great outdoors is closer than you think, right here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). There are many fun, low-cost facilities and things to do, some even free. Freedom Park.  Located on the Fort Lewis side of the base.  Freedom Park has a seasonal, splash park for the little ones and

Free Tacoma museums for military

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Free Tacoma museums for military

This summer, five downtown Tacoma museums are participating in the Blue Star Museums Program, which offers free admission to active-duty military and their families. All the museums are within walking distance of each other and it makes a great day trip to Tacoma, especially on a rainy summer day.  "Tacoma museums

The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

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The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

For decades, the Evergreen Fleet Cruise has been an annual tradition hosted by the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and the Tacoma Yacht Club. With a goal of fostering networking and community links between civilian and military leaders, more than 200 attendees and 18 yachts participated in this year's event, which

A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

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A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

The Long Beach Peninsula has enough activities to fill a week of vacation and allow plenty of time to relax and unwind. The Beach: Stretching for 28 miles, the drive on beach is spectacular in its length. All you can see for miles in either direction is sandy beach and crashing

Caring for those who hold down the fort

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Caring for those who hold down the fort

Megan Casper and Alana Le were having coffee one day when the subject turned to military spouses and how they care for pretty much everyone in their lives. The two wondered,  "who takes care of military spouses when they are caring for others?" Normal sources of support, such as family, friends

Lattin's famous apple fritters

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Lattin's famous apple fritters

The apple fritters from Lattin's Country Cider Mill and Farm are renowned throughout Thurston County for their fresh, hot-from-the-fryer yumminess. Now they can add Ice Chips' Flavor of Thurston County to their fame. Recently, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitors and Convention Bureau went through a rebranding process. They partnered with the famous grannies

Museum of Flight soars to space

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Museum of Flight soars to space

The Museum of Flight recently opened a brand-new permanent exhibit called "Apollo." This is sure to delight those who love space, and it's a good reason to make a visit. During the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the space race drew the best

A weekend getaway to Long Beach

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A weekend getaway to Long Beach

Stretching 28 miles, the Long Beach peninsula really is long and is known locally as "the world's longest beach." When you drive on to the beach, (yes, drive) and park your car, all you can see for miles in either direction is sandy beach and crashing waves.  Long Beach is

America's Car Museum turns 5

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America's Car Museum turns 5

America's Car Museum (ACM) is an imposing four-story building with a shiny chrome roof that mimics the gleam of a new auto. The museum opened June 2, 2012, and since that date has received visitors from all 50 states and 47 countries around the world. The ACM houses a larger

Vashon Island

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Vashon Island

On a recent Saturday morning, I traveled to Vashon Island with the family. Within five minutes, we had met a woman who ventured down the Yukon River with her husband and a gaggle of dachshunds. We also experienced our first "Black Lives Matter" protest. That is just the kind of

Harbor History Museum

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Harbor History Museum

The Harbor History Museum sits overlooking Gig Harbor, an appropriate location for a museum focusing on the unique heritage of the peninsula. At 7,000 square feet of permanent galleries, it is a smaller museum, but it packs a bunch of history in its creative exhibits. The permanent exhibits are professionally designed

Save in Seattle

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Save in Seattle

Seattle traffic is challenging, so when you commit to spend the day, you want to see as much as you can. The Seattle CityPASS gives you the most bang for your buck. For $79 for adults and $59 for children, choose five Seattle attractions from a list of seven and

Got Your 6 Fishing

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Got Your 6 Fishing

Got Your 6 Fishing helps veterans and active duty military suffering from post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues learn coping skills. The scenic waterways of Washington State are utilized to provide healing recreation to these warriors. Founder and President of Got Your 6 Fishing, Staff Sgt.(R) Ryan Caldwell found his

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