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Walk on the Wild Side with Local Birders

  By Lynn West A noisy crow may haunt our sleep, a sweet hummingbird may hum in our hollyhocks, and, if fortunate, we may spot a stately great blue heron on a nearby shoreline. Yes, birds are part of our daily lives, but usually only in passing. Birders, rather than distractedly acknowledging a glimpse or […]

Take the Plunge at Skydive Kapowsin

  By Margo Greenman Things look a little different at 13,000 feet. If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you know the experience can feel somewhat unnatural. Reaching speeds 10 (or more) times faster than freeway traffic, these dual-winged vessels resemble birds more than bipeds. During take off, the nervous feeling you get as you […]

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Black Lake Organic – Valuable Gardening Advice to Keep Your Backyard Oasis Humming

  By Larry Meader Black Lake Organic suffers from a serious lack of exposure. Unless you are already a customer or a friend of a customer, there is a small probability that you will find it by accident. Even knowing where it is, do not be distracted by the lake on your left or you […]

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Thrifty Thurston Stays Home for the Long Weekend

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Whenever a long weekend is ahead many people begin planning a trip out of town. Let’s stay home this time. Let’s plan an extended adventure in our own town. There is so much to see and do here (especially when the weather cooperates). So this weekend, let’s explore our own backyard […]

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Two Lakes, Two Hikes: Hiking Lena and Upper Lena Lake at Olympic National Forest

  By Margo Greenman With the start of long, sun-kissed days, backyard barbecues, comes — best of all — outdoor adventures. To kick-off the season, my husband and I decided to celebrate a recent 70-degree Saturday by traversing some of the trails at nearby Olympic National Forest. A little bit of online research led us to […]

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Thrifty Thurston Celebrates the Season with the Lacey Spring Fun Fair

  “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush,” mused writer Doug Larson. Even with our mild winter and balmy weather, nothing signals the change of season as much as the arrival of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair held annually at Saint Martin’s University. Jeannette Sieler is Recreation Supervisor for […]

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Capturing the Swarm – 15,000 Bees in the Yard

  By Doris Faltys “I have a bee swarm,” my friend Gloria Temple announces over the phone. “I can’t come over for tea. You come here!” Temple has contacted fellow beekeeper Rich Kalman to come to her home to capture the swarm. When I arrive, the bees have come to rest in a tree. There […]

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Eight Golf Courses to Tee Up around Thurston County

  By Lisa Herrick The greater Thurston County area offers a spectacular array of golf courses from public courses with top Washington State ratings to affordable municipal courses where families can learn the game together to challenging private courses. Some of these courses consistently top players’ lists while others are gems yet to be discovered. […]

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Climb Fossil Rock for Expansive Views

  By Douglas Scott Tucked away in the Bald Hills of the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, one of the few rock climbing locations in the region sits quietly on Weyerhaeuser land. In the summer sun, only a handful of hikers and climbers make their way to this little known area, taking in views […]

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Thrifty Thurston Plans Entertainment on Mother’s Day

  By Alyssa Ramsfield News flash – Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. What better way to show your gratitude for your mom than by exploring the many fun and low cost happenings around Thurston County. Mom will appreciate the outing and the thought behind each perfectly planned activity. Visit the Hands On Children’s Museum […]

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