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Thrifty Thurston Eats Out (On the Cheap) with Kids

  By Megan Conklin As the parents of four small, but decidedly hungry children, my husband and I make the decision to take the family out to dinner very rarely. In addition to the incendiary chaos my brood tends to bring to any dining establishment, it is usually too expensive. But there are those nights. [...]

Fall at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm

  An autumn isn’t complete without a trip to the Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm.  Walk the paths.  Pet the animals.  Taste the apple fritters.  Enjoy an autumn day outside.  Lattin’s is ranked on our list of 60 “Don’t Miss” Activities.  But, if you can’t get out to the popular destination, pick up their [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Rides Bikes With Kids

  By Sara Johnson It took only a handful of minutes for each of our two daughters to learn how to ride the bikes we recently picked up via Craigslist and the Goodwill. But since we live just out of town down a gravelly dirt road, they have quickly gotten bored riding around in circles [...]

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National Park Service Moves the Treasured Enchanted Valley Chalet 17 Inches at a Time

  By Douglas Scott The Enchanted Valley sits in Olympic National Park, another jewel in a region incredible rich with beauty. Located above one of the most impressive rain forests in America, Enchanted Valley is a sought after destination for hikers and backpackers from all over the world. With bears, mountains, glaciers and great trails [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Celebrates the Salmon Migration

  By Katie Doolittle “See the salmon here!” The bright letters appear at the 5th Avenue Bridge in downtown Olympia some time in late August or early September, depending on the fish run. Late or early, one thing never changes: the salmon run is an excellent opportunity on multiple fronts. It provides a chance to [...]

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Centralia’s Bob Oke Game Farm Makes Pheasant Hunting Possible in Western Washington

  By Tom Rohrer According to nearly 4,500 Western Washington hunters, there’s a certain thrill in hunting a pheasant. The bird moves quickly and rapidly into the air when disturbed, leaving a marksman little time to aim, fire and bring it down in a sporting fashion. In order to accommodate the demand for pheasant hunting [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Organizes Labor Day Weekend Fun

  By Kathryn Millhorn Labor Day is upon us; time for back to school, putting away swimsuits, and dusting off boxes of cute holiday home décor.  It’s a busy time of year for all ages, but one that celebrates a (hopefully still sunny) seasonal transition. Food While I’m no fashion icon, I stick to the [...]

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Plan an Olympia Weekend Staycation

  By Gale Hemmann The last days of summer are upon us. As families prepare for back-to-school and busy schedules ahead, you may find yourself yearning to maximize these last few days. One way to enjoy family time without spending much money is to have a “staycation.” Staycations have been gaining popularity in recent years [...]

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Dig Sand in the City This Weekend in Olympia

  By Megan Conklin Is there anything better than a day at the beach? Especially when you don’t actually have to drive to the beach to experience it? This year’s Sand in the City event at the Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) combines all of the traditional, beachy favorites with a few exciting new twists, [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Attends the 85th Annual Pet Parade

  By Kelli Samson Olympia’s annual Pet Parade is near and dear to my heart. Saying that, you’d think I’ve participated faithfully, but that’s simply not so. The Pet Parade was, however, the place where my niece looked back at me and said, “This is the best day of my life! Even better than when [...]

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