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ISSUE NO. 01

253

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

JAN 2019

LOCAL TACOMA FIGHTER, SUGAR

RAY SEALES, OVERCOMES

Q&A WITH TROY ALSTEAD

FORMER COO OF STARBUCKS AND

FOUNDER OF SOUTH SOUND’S OCEAN5

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“Cheers to a new year and

another chance for us to get

it right.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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Julie Costello | 253.225.4293

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Cassie Riendeau | 360.798.3061

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EDITORIAL

SENIOR EDITOR | CONTENT MANAGER

Jillian Chandler | jillian@livinglocal360.com

STAFF WRITERS

Patty Hutchens | patty@livinglocal360.com

Colin Anderson | colin@livinglocal360.com

OPERATIONS

MANAGING PARTNER | Kim Russo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Steve Russo

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

DESIGN

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Whitney Lebsock

DESIGN DIRECTOR | Maddie Horton

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Donna Johnson

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Darbey Scrimsher

CONTRIBUTORS

Alinda Morris, John J. Raspanti,

Jillian Verby Klaucke, Dan Aznoff, Bri Williams,

Kenny Markwardt, Stephanie Krebs-Anderson,

Anneli Fogt, Troy Louis Chandler

252 Lifestyle Magazine is published monthly and

distributed freely throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do

not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.

Living Local magazine is not responsible for omissions

or information that has been misrepresented to

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Julie Costello joined Like Media Group in December 2018 as our Washington Director of Sales and Marketing.

In this position, Julie is primarily responsible for the launch of our premier publication 253 Lifestyle Magazine.

With over 20 years of leadership in sales and marketing management Julie’s strength is in building community

through strong and sustainable partnerships. You can contact Julie today to get started!

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PUBLISHER’S Picks

Steve Russo

Executive Director

Welcome to 253 Lifestyle Magazine

The last few months have been filled with great anticipation as we prepared to publish this, our inaugural issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine.

Previously known as Tacoma Living Local and REAL Northwest Living, we have rebranded our publication to 253 Lifestyle to reflect the

amazing region known as 253. Over the past few years, Tacoma and the surrounding communities have been going through a transformation,

and it has been amazing to witness. Revitalization, the arts and more are impacting our region in an exciting way.

As you read through 253 Lifestyle, you will not only see a new look and a new name but content that reflects the city of Tacoma and the

surrounding communities. We will feature stories on people and organizations in our area who are making a difference in the neighborhoods

they live and work in. You will find travel articles that will entice you to get out and explore not only the Pacific Northwest but areas beyond

our region. And as you strive toward a life of wellness and being the best you can be, our health and wellness articles are sure to inspire you.

Our publication, which is also available online, will feature fun events for you and the entire family in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Kent, Federal Way

and beyond.

And because 253 Lifestyle has articles that touch all the communities in the 253, our distribution will be widespread, making it a perfect

opportunity for business owners to maximize their advertising dollars.

With this new launch also comes a team of highly skilled and energetic marketing professionals. Julie Costello and Christopher Boettcher are

the main points of contact for 253, along with our sales and marketing director in Gig Harbor, Cassie Riendeau.

We hope you enjoy 253 Lifestyle as much as we enjoy bringing it to you!

FEATURE: SUGAR RAY

SEALES | TACOMA NATIVE

54 40 32 60

IMMERSED IN CULTURE |

A WORK HOLIDAY IN NEW

ZEALAND

Q&A WITH TROY

ALSTEAD | FOUNDER

OF OCEAN5

ALOHA,

NORTHWEST!

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INSIDE

20

44

54

16

60

About the cover

On the cover or our premier issue

of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, you

may recognize Troy Alstead, the

man behind the South Sound’s

Ocean5. He is doing great things

for the community and beyond,

and we couldn’t be more proud

than to highlight him and his

accomplishments in our January

issue. We hope you enjoy reading

more about him in 253. Happy New

Year!

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ISSUE NO. 01

LOCAL TACOMA FIGHTER, SUGAR

RAY SEALES, OVERCOMES

253

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

Q&A WITH TROY ALSTEAD

FORMER COO OF STARBUCKS AND

FOUNDER OF SOUTH SOUND’S OCEAN5

JAN 2019

HOME/INTERIOR 16

The New Home Office: Designing a functional

yet stylish workspace.

FAN FAVORITE 20

Harbor Studio: The gathering place.

TACOMA 26

The Women of Proctor: The females behind

flatware, for-sale and furry friends.

Q & A 32

Troy Alstead: Entrepreneur creates social

gathering place for the South Sound.

HEALTH 36

Health and lifestyle tricks and tips to keep you

happy and healthy.

FEATURE ONE 40

Immersed in Culture: Experiencing a work

holiday in New Zealand, family style

AREA CALENDAR 47

Don’t miss a single anticipated event in the

253. We’ve got you covered.

FEATURE TWO 54

From the Dim to the Light: Sugar Ray Seales

overcomes.

TRAVEL

60

Destination Paradise: Kauai, Hawaii, offers

both serenity and adventure.


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Home

the new home office

DESIGNING A FUNCTIONAL YET STYLISH WORKSPACE

If you are lucky enough to have a home office, that is wonderful. If not, you can create a home office out of a spare

bedroom, a rarely used guest room or even a dining room. Ideally, a dedicated workspace is separate from the rest of

the house.

Determine how you are going to use the space

Working from home offers flexibility and an opportunity for comfort and efficiency without the commute. Having a

beautiful workspace will improve your productivity. This is true if you work from home full time or use the space for paying

bills, maintaining your kids’ activity calendar or planning vacations.

Consider how the space will be used. Do you work mainly online? Do you have specific storage requirements? Will clients

be visiting the space? Will you be video conferencing? Give careful consideration to what you want to look at while you are

working.

Tips and Tricks:

BY ALINDA MORRIS, OWNER, ALINDA MORRIS INTERIOR DESIGN, LLC

PHOTOS BY HAILEY ROSE CALDERA

Keep it consistent. Select a soothing color for the space. The color palate should work well with the rest of the home

creating a cohesive vocabulary of finishes. Your home office should reflect the design and comfort of the rest of your home.

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Pay attention to scale. You may be dreaming of an

elegant home office with a large freestanding desk. The

built-in credenza and shelves hold a computer, files

and books. Consider the size of your space. Most desk

systems like the ever-popular L-shaped system sold at

most office box stores have a lot of visual weight and can

overwhelm the space.

Scale and circulation. Floating the desk in the center of

the space can create a focal point. Make sure you have

enough room to walk around the room comfortably.

Allow 36 inches walking space around a desk if possible

and at least 30 inches between your desk and a credenza/

file cabinet. On the other side of the desk, allow 48 to 60

inches for additional chairs and tables.

Mix it up. An upholstered chair is elegant but functional

and will help the space feel less like an office. Layering

rugs can help anchor the space. Incorporating texture

is a great way to add dimension and visual interest.

You may want to update the light fixture with a more

modern, stylish design. Choose furniture that can help

camouflage the functional nature of the space.

If hiring a professional is in your budget, do it! It can

save you time and money later.

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Fan Favorite

THE

GATHERING

PLACE

Local artist transforms studio into community

hub for social outreach

By Dan Aznoff

Photos By Nick Balera

Photographer Nick Balera may only be 26 years

old. He’s an old soul who has opened the doors

of his personal space to help build a community

of individuals who share a vision for Gig Harbor.

Balera is the owner of The Harbor Studio, a

storefront that serves as the artistic outlet for his

video and photography business. He has swung

open the doors of his business to bring together

business owners with creative minds who, he

hopes, will fill the sidewalks, front doors and

windows of local commerce with examples of

artistic innovation.

“The studio began by providing space for local

artists and freelancers to hone their skills,” he

explained. “It quickly grew to become a safe place

for artists to share hopes and dreams. Everybody

wants Gig Harbor to become an example of how

art can enhance the community and become an

important [piece] in the machinery of success.”

The native of Port Orchard describes his studio

as a “creative event space” that serves as a hub

for the creative community in Gig Harbor. The

Harbor Studio, he said, has become a blank

canvas for the blend of art and business.

From his perspective, Gig Harbor is a tight-knit

community with a history of supporting local

businesses and business owners. The Harbor

Studio is Balera’s way to help the wave of new,

younger residents feel part of the village.

His immediate goal is to establish a relationship

with the city of Gig Harbor to provide a direct

pipeline of creative ideas to become public art.

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“The studio is an extension of

who I am and what I want to

bring to this community.”

His current passion has been the establishment of a Creative Residency that provides free studio time for artists

working on a specific project. Artists are invited to apply for the residency online with a description of how they

envision an end-product will benefit the community. Those selected receive 15 hours of free studio time, which,

Balera said, usually breaks down to three half-days to create and produce a project they are passionate about.

“People can use the time to book 10 shoots for a video,” Balera said, “then use the balance of the time to create

something they may not have the time or the capabilities to produce on their own.”

The artist-in-residence emphasized the Creative Residency does not include any instruction, but it does make

the backdrops and lighting at the studio available for creative outlets.

Students, young professionals and musicians were the first people to access advice from Balera for videos to

promote their own projects. They were followed by business owners who utilized the studio owner’s ability to

tell a story with pictures to promote their own business. Others have created music videos that document entire

concerts that musicians have used to market themselves to venues and record labels.

“They are not music videos in the MTV image most people have,” Balera said. “They are marketing tools with a

creative flair that use musicians and the music they create.”

Some would-be artists have used the equipment at the studio to create podcasts and a variety of medias to honor

veterans in the community.

The Harbor Studio reflects the laid-back attitude of its owner. The Washington native said many people who

come to the studio ask if he grew up in Tennessee because of his casual drawl.

“The studio is an extension of who I am and what I want to bring to this community,” said Balera. “It’s much

easier to connect with somebody you can relate to than a serious face who fills a video by blurting out generic

language of self-promotion.”

In addition to the creative space he has created, Balera also hosts a weekly Coffee Club on Monday mornings,

where he serves free coffee and pastries to business owners who want to market themselves to other professionals

in the community.

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Unlike formal networking organizations, he said the Coffee Club is a casual gathering of like-minded business owners

who explore ways to help each other reach their business goals and fulfill their visions.

“I am a person who thrives on relationships,” he explained. “It is vitally important to know the person and the story

behind every business and their dreams. We all have similar passions and goals that are often parallel.”

For Balera, that goal is supporting a cause to make the world a better place. He described his photography and his studio

as “a means to a higher good.” He compared his efforts to the coffee company that only uses beans from fair trade sources

to generate profits that are donated to efforts to end human trafficking.

For more information on the Harbor Studio and how to become involved in one of its programs, call 360.620.0638, send

a message to hello@theharborstudio.life or log on to TheHarborStudio.life.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage

of the toxic waste crisis and has received acclamation for his work in the areas of sustainable energy and the insurance

industry. He is the author of three books that document colorful periods of history in Washington. He can be reached at

da@dajournalist.com.

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THE

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THE FEMALES BEHIND

FLATWARE, FOR-SALE AND

FURRY FRIENDS

BY ANNELI FOGT

It’s 7 am on a Friday morning in December. The sun has

yet to rise, but 23-year-old Anya Evans is hard at work

reviewing purchases made on The Proctor Mercantile’s

website. Just a few storefronts away, Danette Knowles

is rearranging displays in her new space and making

sure Wag Pet Market is up to the standards of her fourlegged

customers. Across Proctor Street, Hollie Johnson is

brushing up on the local real estate market.

These are just three of many women who run the

restaurants, shops and businesses of one of Tacoma’s most

beloved neighborhoods. We caught up with them recently

to find out more about what they do.

Anya Evans: Owner, The Proctor Mercantile

Anya, the granddaughter of Pacific Northwest Shop

owner Bill Evans and former Proctor Mercantile owner

Ann Evans, has been working in her grandparents’ stores

since 2009. Her role has grown over the years as an online

presence has become more important and website sales

have outpaced in-store purchases. She took over as owner

of Proctor Mercantile in April.

Q: Did you always know you would be following in your

grandparents’ footsteps?

A: Growing up, whenever I was asked what I wanted to

do when I was older I would say, “Own my own store just

like my grandparents.” Once I actually got into college

(the University of Washington, Tacoma) my idea of what I

wanted to do changed dramatically. I changed my business

degree into a criminal justice and social work degree

and went down a completely new path. But throughout

college, I was still working at the stores. It brought me so

much joy. At 23, I am extremely fortunate to say that I

have my dream job.

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Q: Are there stereotypes out there about what women, especially young

women business owners are like? Are they something you feel you’ve had

to work against?

A: The biggest stereotype around young women business owners is that they

don’t yet have enough experience to own a store. I think experience can come

in many different forms, whether it be working for someone else for many years

before branching off or taking a risk and opening a store when you are quite

young. While I am only 23, I grew up in these stores and am lucky enough to

be mentored by long-time merchants. Their input and advice means the world

to me.

Q: What do you love most about the Tacoma area and the Proctor District?

A: When I was a kid I remember decorating the salmon statue that is outside

the Pacific Northwest Shop and planting the flowers outside our stores with my

grandfather every summer. To me, the Proctor District is a huge reminder of

family and community.

Hollie Johnson: Real Estate Broker,

Coldwell Banker Bain-Tacoma Proctor

A native of Pierce County and a Western

Washington University alumna, Hollie

worked for more than a decade in human

resources and business management

before finding herself in real estate. She

is now in her third year of business as a

real estate Broker in Tacoma and recently

bought her first home.

“Be open to

continued growth, be

present, be focused.

Knowledge is neverending

in this

business.”

Q: Tell me about your journey to

becoming a realtor. How did you find

yourself where you are today?

A: After college, I managed new restaurant openings and “re-organized”

struggling restaurants, hotels and casinos. After more than 10 years, the long

hours and unstable industry burned me out. I was motivated to transfer my

customer service skills and professional drive to a new industry and take

control of my life and my future. I hit the ground running as soon as I received

my license. I love interacting with the community and building relationships.

Opportunities are everywhere, and I feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I love

that.

Q: What qualities do you need to succeed as a real estate broker?

A: I think the qualities you need to succeed in this business are probably

important for any business start-up: Be open to continued growth, be present,

be focused. Knowledge is never-ending in this business. You can never be

afraid to admit your limits and ask questions.

Q: What do you love most about Tacoma and the Proctor District?

A: I am in love with the history and art. There is always more to uncover about

Tacoma’s past, the people who were here before us and our rich creative culture

that will forever inspire and bring our community together. My latest Tacoma

obsession is Beautiful Angle letterpress posters, and you can bet I will be

hunting for Monkeyshines in February.

PHOTOS OF HOLLIE BY CODY FINNEY, CF PHOTOS

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“I THINK YOU SEE MORE WOMEN IN

SMALL BUSINESS BECAUSE WE CAN

CONTROL THINGS. NO ONE IS GOING

TO DICTATE THAT YOU CAN ONLY MAKE

THIS MUCH OR YOU CAN ONLY DO X, Y

AND Z.”

Danette Knowles: Owner, Wag Pet Market

When asked how she came to own a pet supply store in Proctor, Danette says,

“It just happened.” She grew up locally and studied photography at Pacific

Lutheran University before moving to New York for graduate school. She

eventually felt Tacoma and her childhood love of animals calling her back.

She has owned Wag Pet Market for 16 years and moved into a new space in

November.

Q: Tell me about how you came to own your own business?

A: I love animals. My parents had 7 acres, and I grew up with horses and dogs

and goats around. I was the kid always bringing home a stray animal. I went

to Rochester Institute of Technology to study photography; I worked for the

military as a civilian doing photography; I taught and was an art director for

quite a few years, and a lot of the jobs required traveling. Opening Wag was

kind of the combination of two things I loved. I love animals and I love my

town.

Q: Do you run into any perceptions or stereotypes of female business owners

that you find yourself having to work against?

A: To be honest, I think you see more women in small business because we can

control things. No one is going to dictate that you can only make this much or

you can only do X, Y and Z. It allows us to kind of control our own destiny. But

I do think there are certain things where you still feel it’s a bit of a man’s world.

With shipping and receiving, the drivers, because they drive these big semis

and are used to dealing with men in warehouses, require you to hold your own.

Q: What do you attribute your success to?

A: I love going to work. That’s first and foremost because if you don’t love what

you’re doing it comes through to the customer. Secondly, I think knowing your

strengths and weaknesses. You have to realize you can’t do everything and

recognize where you need to have help come in and support you. Also, staying

current and growing with your industry. I spend a lot of time researching new

products, staying up on the latest trends and attending trade-shows and product

trainings.

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Q&A

TROY

ALSTEAD

ENTREPRENEUR CREATES

SOCIAL GATHERING PLACE FOR

SOUTH SOUND

STORY BY JILLIAN CHANDLER |

PHOTOS BY SAM TILLMAN

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Last year, Troy Alstead and his team introduced the community to a new destination for dining and social experiences. Ocean5 is

truly a world-class sustainably built collective gathering destination unlike any other and recently awarded LEED Silver certification.

The restaurant, Table 47, offers farm-fresh cuisine and handcrafted drinks, plus more than 40 taps of beer and wine. Featuring an

open-kitchen design, bright dining room, social bar and a coffee lounge, the restaurant offers a variety of dining areas to make it

the perfect stop for any occasion. The culinary team sources ingredients from the most ethical and responsible sources they can

find including local farmers, fishermen, ranchers, brewers and distillers. Social experiences at Ocean5 include activities for all ages,

including duckpin and 10-pin bowling, a laser challenge arena and more. With a new all-day menu, guests at both Ocean5 and

Table 47 can enjoy great food and drink throughout the entire building.

Let’s discover more about the man behind the vision and what inspired this project.

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Q. What inspired you to go into the field you are

in?

A. I have always loved business. The idea

that commerce and trade, done ethically and

responsibly, can create jobs, help people provide

for their families, add texture to communities

and even bring resources to bear on critical social

and environmental issues, has enticed me since I

decided to major in business in college.

Q. Who has been the biggest influence in your

professional life?

A. I am fortunate to have had many people in

my life to learn from over the years—from my

wife and kids, to my parents and family growing

up, to mentors and colleagues in my professional

career. From so many people I have learned the

importance of personal growth and development,

the value of people and the need for servant

leadership. I have experienced the energy that

comes from innovating and creating to building

high-performing teams and successful businesses.

And I have learned the imperative of giving back to

the community and to the world.

Q. How did you get your start and who, if anyone,

helped you on the journey to opening your own

business?

A. I began my business career right after

graduating from UW, working for a couple

different companies before joining Starbucks in

the early days. Over the years, there have been

many mentors and colleagues (too many to name

individually) who I have learned from, who have

contributed to my growth and who have prepared

me for this next step of opening my new business.

Q. Why did you choose Gig Harbor as the place to

start your business?

A. The South Sound is a beautiful, vibrant,

growing region. Long-timers are appreciating

more than ever that they live here, and newcomers

are discovering what makes this area so special.

Businesses from this area are growing, businesses

from other areas are opening and new businesses

are forming. And with that growth, people want

more choices for dining, for entertainment, for

social activities and experiences; choices that

complement the great restaurants and activities

that are already here; choices that contribute to

the community and environment; and choices that

entice them to keep their spending in the South

Sound. This is why I chose Gig Harbor and the

South Sound for this first flagship location.

Q. Personally and professionally, how would you

like to impact your community?

A. My goal is to create something exciting, fun

and meaningful in the South Sound; a business

that contributes to the community by being a great

place to work and a great place to visit, have fun

and socialize. A flagship location that is successful

as a business and uses that platform to raise

awareness of the environmental challenges that

threaten Gig Harbor, Puget Sound and the oceans.

And, a business that engages in the community

through service.

Q. What one piece of advice would you give to

someone who wants to open their own business?

A. I first had the idea of this new concept more

than 10 years ago, and I developed the initial

business plan while staying in my apartment

in Shanghai. Over the subsequent years, many

roadblocks and challenges and enticements

came along that might have derailed the project,

including a Great Recession, development and

construction delays, and promotions in my

corporate career. Despite all those challenges and

all those incentives to go a different direction, the

business is now open and flourishing.

So, my advice to others: Never Quit. If what you

are dreaming about is the right thing for you

and your family and community, whether that

dream is starting a new business or a nonprofit

or something else, then overcome whatever

challenges you might face.

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Health

ENOUGH ALREADY!

NUTRITION MYTHS THAT WON’T SEEM TO GO AWAY

BY KENNY MARKWARDT, CSCS

Let’s face it, there are many myths which surround

our health. It’s not always easy to distinguish fact

from fiction. Below I hope to clear up some of the

confusion for you!

Carbs Are Bad

Contrary to current popular belief, carbohydrates are

not inherently bad for you. Carbohydrates have a very

important place in a well-rounded nutrition plan. They

are your body’s preferred source of energy, especially in

high-intensity activities such as exercise. Eliminating

carbohydrates because it’s the latest fad to do is unfounded.

Weight loss is—and always will be—a factor of calories in

versus calories out. Carbohydrates specifically are not the

reason anyone is overweight. Study after study has shown

that macronutrient ratio is not a factor in overall weight

loss. There are pros and cons to each of protein, fat and

carbohydrate, but specifically trying to remove any is just

misguided.

Fat is Bad

Before people were afraid of carbohydrates, they were

afraid of fat. Even though the height of that wave was

nearly two decades ago, the idea that fat is bad has still

hung on fairly strong. Again, as with carbohydrates, fat

is a very important part of a well-rounded diet. Your

body needs fats for healthy hormone production and

maintenance, so eliminating fats entirely is not a good

idea either. I’ll say it again; weight loss is going to be a

factor of calories in versus calories out, not because a

certain macronutrient is making them fat.

Protein is Bad

There’s a bit of a theme going here, but I think they’re all

worth addressing. In general, most people are aware of

the fact that protein intake is an important factor in any

nutrition plan, but there are voices out there proclaiming

that too much protein is bad for you, specifically in the

realm of kidney health. This is largely due to one study

that was later disproved. Protein is essential for tissue

repair and overall health. Because of the available sources

of protein, it is typically very hard to overeat, so it is

generally a good idea to make protein intake your primary

or secondary (after vegetables) goal for every meal of the

day.

Salt is Bad

This is an interesting one, as salt’s relationship to

hypertension and kidney damage is typically more a

correlation than causation. Salt itself is a very important

mineral to maintain in your diet, so trying to eliminate

it altogether is not a good idea. However, most highly

processed foods are high in sodium, and most people

who tend to eat highly processed foods have a penchant

for other unhealthy foods that cause high blood pressure

and kidney damage. So, though salt and high sodium

intake seems to be a causation for people diagnosed with

hypertension and poor kidney health, the takeaway is not

to put down the salt shaker so much as it is to put down

the hot dogs and potato chips.

Gluten is Bad

Gluten’s evil has been propagated more and more lately,

but as with the others above, it’s just not inherently bad,

and while eliminating it has caused a great deal of people

to lose weight and feel better, the reason they saw those

results was not due to gluten itself but more because

they were overeating the foods that gluten is found in.

By eliminating gluten, you typically find yourself eating

more meat and vegetables and therefore eat less processed

foods, less sugar, drink less alcohol and overall eat less

Eat a well-balanced diet, and you’ll be fine.

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Weight loss is going to be a factor of calories

in versus calories out.

calories. Certainly, there are people with gluten intolerances

or Celiac Disease, and those are very real issues. But not

everyone needs to or should bother trying to eliminate

gluten entirely.

Detoxes are Important and Effective

Oh boy, if gluten’s relationship to the devil isn’t my favorite

thing to roll my eyes at, it’s detoxes and cleanses. These

are some of the most incredibly popular and perpetuated

scams around, and I applaud the creativity and gusto that

must go into the creation of these ideas. It amazes me

that in the day and age of the Internet, people still think

these are effective or a good idea. Unfortunately, the vast

majority (and possibly entirety) of detox supplement

companies cannot even define or label the specific toxins

they are targeting. Certainly, there are things that enter the

body that are harmful and should be eliminated. The great

thing is that we already have very powerful and effective

tools for that task—the liver, kidneys and lungs. All of

which greatly benefit from a well-rounded, nutritious diet,

not a drastic elimination of all foods and a short-term

introduction of lemonade, juices, apple cider vinegar or

anything else. Eat a well-balanced diet, and you’ll be fine.

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Hello There

We answer your most asked questions about Botox

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

recent study conducted

by Allergan, the

pharmaceutical company

that produces Botox, found that

100 percent of women, aged 26

to 55, are aware of Botox Cosmetic.

It’s pretty fascinating when you think

about the fact that every single woman

in that age group is aware of a single drug

that is used to treat wrinkles. What many of

the women in that same group did not know,

however, is how the drug works, how much it costs,

how long it lasts and what to expect during a Botox

treatment.

Many women, and men, are surprised to find how

simple, quick and easy a Botox treatment is. Below we

answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

How exactly does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking the synapse that sends the message

from the nerve to the muscle to contract. Because that

communication circuit has been broken, the injected muscle

is not able to contract, which in turn causes the wrinkles to

relax and soften. Over the next three to four months, new nerve

connections are naturally created within the treatment area, and

the muscle slowly gets movement back.

Are Botox treatments painful?

No. A very small needle is used to inject Botox. Many clients find

the treatment to be very well tolerated and do not experience

any discomfort. A typical treatment only takes a few minutes

and involves superficial injections of the Botox into the desired

treatment area. Numbing cream can be applied prior to your

treatment if discomfort is a concern.

How long does Botox last?

Botox takes two to 14 days to become effective and lasts

three to four months on average. Many clients find that

with continued treatments they can go longer between

appointments.

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Is there any social downtime after Botox injections?

No. Most clients leave the office with small bumps

at the injection sites, and they go away in 10 to 15

minutes. It is possible that you could get a small

bruise, but unlikely. Many clients do their

treatment on their lunch break and

return to work immediately. You need

to avoid vigorous exercise the day of

your treatment, and do not massage

your face for eight to 12 hours after

your treatment (use very gentle

pressure while washing your face).

How much does Botox cost?

The price of Botox varies from

practice to practice. On average

Botox is $11 per unit. The amount

of Botox a person needs also varies

from person to person. Generally,

the area between the eyebrows (frown

lines) requires 20 units, the forehead 10

to 12 units and the crow’s feet 12 units/

side. Men typically need more Botox

than women to have the same effect.

Botox can also be used in other areas

of the face. Consult with your aesthetic

provider to discuss other common

treatment areas.

Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval

in 2002 and is approved for use in over 75

countries. There have been more than 500 peerreviewed

articles in scientific and medical journals,

and it is the most widely researched and studied

treatment of its kind. There were over 7 million Botox

Cosmetic treatments performed last year alone, and

the medical community considers it to be low risk

and safe.

When done conservatively and dosed

appropriately, Botox can help to

soften wrinkles and prevent deep

lines from forming, without

making you look unnatural

or frozen. Consult your

aesthetic provider to discuss

if Botox Cosmetic is right

for you, and learn how

you can look refreshed,

youthful and rested.

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Feature

IMMERSED

IN

Written and some photos by

Jillian Verby Klaucke, MD

CULTURE

EXPERIENCING A WORK HOLIDAY IN NEW

ZEALAND, FAMILY STYLE

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It was freezing outside. The chill in the air was biting, and the ocean roared as waves crashed on the long,

sandy beach. A gentle breeze blew as the sea mist coated our faces. Though it was August, it was midwinter

in New Zealand. And my family and I, including a 5-month-old and a 2-year-old, were about to

ditch our warm clothes for swimsuits. And dig in, literally, at Hot Water Beach hot springs.

The natural hot spring river becomes accessible for a soak two hours either side of low tide, when visitors

come armed with a spade or small shovel and dig their own spa pool in the beach sand. The Pacific Ocean

provides a scenic backdrop and cold water to temper the heat of the spring, which can reach 147 degrees

Fahrenheit. Our family found ourselves in this extraordinary place over a long weekend after moving to

New Zealand for a year-long work holiday in 2017.

Upon arrival to Auckland, our small family was greeted with “Kia Ora,” which translates to mean “Hello”

or “Be well and healthy.” Our children were delighted to learn “Hongi,” the traditional Maori greeting in

which people press their noses together and touch foreheads. My daughter, Greta, was entranced by a

performance of a “Haka” at the Auckland museum, a traditional Maori war dance that has evolved into a

demonstration of community and strength.

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My husband and I both worked in health care. Jonathan

had contracted to complete pediatric and sports

orthopedic fellowships, and I worked as a general

practitioner in a clinic in the Mission Bay suburb.

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As newcomers to New Zealand, we learned to use the Maori language daily. We have habitually changed our

vocabulary and now say nappy, rubbish, jumper (for sweater), petrol, wee and pram despite returning to the

U.S. One of my son’s first words was “Ta,” which is a common way to say “Thank you.”

In contrast to the tranquility of natural hot pools, the urban scene in Auckland also took some adaptation.

Many of the homes in the city are placed two per lot, with a “front house” and “back house.” Each plot

may have room for a small yard or garden. The homes were smaller, built for warm weather, and lacked

insulation. Without central heat, homes were warmed with a heat pump or heater in each room, to be

turned on only when the room was occupied. Economy cars were the standard, and work fleets were made

up of vans, rather than pickup trucks, to save on fuel, which could cost up to $3.80 NZ per liter (or about

$9.90 USD per gallon).

While in Auckland, my husband and I both worked in health care. Jonathan had contracted to complete

pediatric and sports orthopedic fellowships, and I worked as a general practitioner in a clinic in the Mission

Bay suburb. The practice where I worked was staffed at any one time by a practice nurse

and three physicians and was just big enough for each one of us to have a combined office/

exam room. Each consultation was limited to one health concern or 15 minutes maximum,

whichever came first. That may mean that a patient was seen once or twice a week, or booked

a longer visit if more time was needed, and it helped that GP practices and the health-care

system are subsidized by the NZ government.

Patients are not required to have insurance and only pay small fees to see physicians. More

complicated health concerns can be addressed in the specialist realm, but wait times for

covered care can be up to four to six months to see a specialist or a few weeks to months

to complete routine imaging such as ultrasound. In NZ, 100 percent of all medical care is

covered for children under age 13. For anyone in New

Zealand, whether permanent resident or visitor, any

accident, such as a broken bone or getting the wrong

vaccination or an infected bug bite, is covered under

the ACC, or Accident Compensation Corporation. As

a GP, government-funded services resulted in access

to resources needed to solve a difficult problem or

make a diagnosis, but I found that New Zealanders in

general were self-reliant and realistic about outcomes

and utilization of such resources which helps keep

funding in place.

I often had travel consultations during my sessions

with patients. Because NZ is so close to the Pacific

Islands, families would come in to discuss pre-travel

vaccinations or return to report tropical illness or

other travel medical concerns. Many NZ residents are

foreign nationals and have connections to their home

countries. This made our visits quite interesting, as I

would have to translate a prescription from Chinese,

or French, or read doctor’s notes from Chile or

Argentina (with the help of a translator).

Many of the families that we met, either professionally

or socially, in New Zealand were pleased with the


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OUR KIDS THRIVED IN OUR NEW

LOCALE, TRYING NEW FOODS

AND LEARNING NEW HABITS.

infrastructure. Aside from medical coverage, public

works kept the country tidy and functioning. We potty

trained our eldest in NZ, and I was thankful for the

ubiquitous, clean public toilets available in every town.

Museums were free for NZ residents, and the library

system could obtain any book available in the world on

request. Roads were well maintained, and I got used to

navigating rotaries, or roundabouts, while driving on

the left side of the road (thus clockwise).

Our kids thrived in our new locale, trying new foods

and learning new habits. One of my favorite memories

was of my daughter, who saw live New Zealand

green-lipped mussels in the grocery store water tank.

The mussel is a traditional Maori staple and is very

affordable. While seated in the cart, she asked me,

“Mummy, can we get mussels please?” And I, pleased

with Greta’s willingness to try new foods, exuberantly

packed up a kilo into the shopping “trolley.” When

we were at home, after steaming them with lemon

and garlic, we sat down to eat. As my husband and I

savored the flavor, we didn’t expect our daughter to eat

her mussels and then resolutely ask for more, more,

more! Greta and her brother adapted easily to the kiwi

lifestyle. Soon after arrival, Greta ceased wearing shoes,

like most of the children in Auckland, and no longer

fussed when applying sunscreen, happy to oblige with

the Slip! Slop! Slap! Campaign.

On Hot Water Beach that afternoon, we were lucky that

burn time is a bit longer in the winter, but despite, we

lathered up in sunscreen before taking a dip into the

pools. As the sea roared over our shoulders and we felt

the warm water of the pools, my husband and I looked

at each other, nodded and knew that we were fortunate

to have the opportunity to call New Zealand home, if

only briefly. After 14 months in an amazing country,

it’s nice to be home in the U.S, but we also miss the

community that we were a part of in Auckland and the

stunning beauty around every turn as we traveled in

New Zealand. We would love to return, but, as it’s said

in Te Reo Maori, “Ma Te Wa” or time will tell (and hope

to see you soon).

Jillian Verby Klaucke, MD, is a family physician who

has lived and worked in New Zealand on three separate

occasions since 2001 and was recently there for 14 months

with her family over 2017-2018.

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Events

Jan.

24-27

Tacoma Home + Garden Show

January 24 through 27, the Tacoma Home + Garden Show returns to the Tacoma Dome. The four-day event includes a main stage with must-see

presenters including the biggest names in the industry; feature gardens; vintage market with more than 15 vendors offering unique items for the

home and garden; booths of local artisans selling one-of-a-kind artwork; garden art, sculpture, paper goods and more at artist row; and hands-on

workshops.

Online tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and free for children under 12; at the Box Office, tickets are priced $12 for adults and $10 for

seniors. On January 25, in a tribute to all active or retired military, police, firefighters, nurses and paramedics, the Tacoma Home + Garden Show is

offering free admission to all heroes. January 27, admission is free to all those teachers who make a difference in our community.

Show hours are Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26, 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, January 27, 11am to 5pm. To find out more and

to purchase tickets, visit TacomaHomeAndGardenShow.com.

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12&13

5-6

10-24

12

Jan.

5 & 6

Tacoma Wedding Expo

Jan.

12 & 13

Seattle Wedding Show

The 2019 Tacoma Wedding Expo is a two-day event where attendees

will find more than 100 wedding vendors for all of their wedding

needs. Choose from hundreds of gowns, enjoy fashion shows,

giveaways, talk with wedding planners, caterers, florists and more!

The event takes place at the Tacoma Dome January 5 and 6, 9:30am

to 3pm both days. Admission is $16 per person, with children 12 and

younger free. Discounted rates will be applied for parties of three or

more. Tickets can be purchased online at BridesClub.com.

Jan.

March

10-24

Trapped: Escape Fort

Nisqually

Enter the fort by candlelight, where you’ll embark on a live action

game to uncover clues and solve puzzles to win your freedom.

Trapped will challenge you to discover a trapper’s buried secrets as

you unearth clues, solve puzzles and escape—without being caught!

Racing against the clock, team members examine documents and

artifacts in one of the fort’s historic buildings to piece together the

information they’ll need to unlock the door. Visit EventBrite.com to

purchase tickets, which are $25 each.

You have two days to visit with the area’s best wedding professionals

and see an amazing fashion show, taking place at the Washington

State Convention and Trade Center. From banquet and event facilities,

catering to beauty, gowns, men’s attire and live entertainment,

there will be vendors on site to help with every aspect of your big

day. Discount tickets purchased before January 11 are $18; $20

during the show days online or when purchased at the door. Visit

WeddingShow.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Jan.

15

The Wizard of OZ: The

Broadway Musical

Tacoma Arts Live presents The Wizard of Oz Tuesday, January 15, with

the show starting at 7:30pm. The entire family is sure to be captivated

as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy,

Toto, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production,

featuring special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this

national treasure on stage. Find tickets at BroadwayCenter.org.

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12

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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans at the Tacoma

Dome with more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Each event

tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in seven different competitions driving three

different vehicles—Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs. Tickets are priced

$25 to $95 and can be purchased at TicketMaster.com.


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The first RV show of the year delivers the season’s best selection! Get a jump on everyone with

special show-only financing rates from BECU and fresh inventory and specials. Expect to see

the Tacoma Dome filled to capacity with the best and brightest in RVs, from Class A, B and C

motorhomes, travel trailers of all sizes and descriptions, fifth wheels, toy haulers, campers, popup

tent trailers, teardrop trailers and more! TacomaRVShow.com

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Tacoma RV Show

The Tacoma Art Museum welcomes the community to the Benaroya Wing Opening Free

Community Festival. The event will take place 10am to 4pm at Tacoma Art Museum and

celebrate the grand opening of the Benaroya Wing with performances, art-making and more!

Groove to music, experience original poetry and dance inspired by works of art on view, and

experiment with fused glass and printmaking processes. This event is free and open to the public.

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The 31th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, this year’s theme “We’re Better

Together,” will bring the community together to celebrate this great man Monday, January 21.

The free event kicks off with a community outreach fair from 10 to 11am, with the main MLK

Celebration event immediately following at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. During the

celebration, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award winners will be announced and

honored. For more information about this year’s MLK Celebration, visit CityOfTacoma.org/MLK.

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Hosted by Tacoma Creates and Tacoma Arts and held at the Broadway

Center, this conversation invites all Tacomans who participate in

making Tacoma a rich, diverse and innovative community to discuss

how to shape the future of Tacoma together. They want to hear from

the voices and talents throughout the city. Check in is at 6pm with the

conversation beginning at 6:30pm. Supervised children are welcome

and light refreshments will be served. More details on Facebook.

Jan.

23-27

Washington Sportsmen’s

Show

Washington’s largest sportsmen’s show returns to the Washington

State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. With more than 500 exhibits, the

show is filled with fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment, supplies

and services of all kinds and descriptions. The 2019 show promises

to be the best ever with a new Kayak Fishing Pavilion, Washington

Sportsmen’s Show Cooking Competition, Garmin Tech Center and

Walleye Alley that showcases the region’s thriving walleye fisheries.

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26

2019 Right to Play Gala

Children’s Museum of Tacoma invites the community to join them

at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Saturday,

January 26, 5:30 to 10pm. The Right to Play Gala is an annual dinner

and auction that raises funds for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

The Museum is dedicated to removing barriers for children and their

families to experience quality early learning through Pay As You Will

admission and other free programming. Get your tickets today ($150

per person or $1,500 per table) by visiting PlayTacoma.org.

Feb.

02

Casino Royale

Junior League of Tacoma’s 13th Annual Auction: Casino Royale will

be held Saturday, February 2, at Ocean5. For more than 97 years,

the Junior League of Tacoma has been promoting voluntarism,

developing the potential of women and improving the Tacoma-

Pierce County community through the effective action and leadership

of trained volunteers. Join the community for an evening of food

and fun while benefiting a great cause. Purchase tickets online at

JLTacoma.org.

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The 2019 Seattle Boat show is headed back to Seattle January 25 through February 2. Indoor and outdoor

event, boats will be on display inside the CenturyLink Field event center and on the water at South Lake

Union (Chandler’s Cove). During this year’s nine-day show, you won’t want to miss these signature events:

Uncorked wine tasting on opening night, January 25, and Sails & Ales craft beer night February 1. For more

information and to purchase your ticket, visit SeattleBoatShow.com.

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Feature

BY JOHN J. RASPANTI

He’s seen a lot—a Palestinian terrorist group called Black September holding 11 Israeli athletes

at gunpoint; the joy on his parents’ faces as an Olympic gold medal was placed round his neck;

money he earned come, and then go. He’s seen parades, awards and even a day named in his

honor.

In 1980, the way he saw the world would become radically different after a fight against a journeyman

opponent.

“I was thumbed in the (left) eye,” said Seales. “It was never the same. Things changed. I’ve been in the

dim for a long time.”

The right eye wasn’t much better. Sugar Ray Seales was 28. He was advised to quit. He wouldn’t. It’s not

in his DNA. Eye operations became as routine as going to the gym.

“I’ve had seven eye surgeries—four on my left, three on my right,” said Seales.

They cost over $100,000—more than Seales made during his boxing career. It wasn’t supposed to have

turned out this way. After winning the gold medal, Seales came home to Tacoma, Washington, a hero.

He was the man.

“We all looked up to him,” said fellow Tacoma native and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leo Randolph.

“He was our inspiration.”

Seales turned pro in 1973, reeling off 21 successive victories with 12 knockouts. A title shot looked

inevitable until he ran into future Hall-of-Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1979.

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IN 1980, THE WAY HE

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“We fought in a TV station,” said Seales. “It was

freezing, and Marvin Hagler comes out of the dressing

room sweating. We were freezing. So, we got beat.”

Less than three months later, the two southpaws met

again. This time the results were different. Two judges

scored the fight a draw, while the third had Hagler

winning.

“I thought I won eight rounds,” Seales said, without a

hint of bitterness. “But that’s boxing.”

Seales soldiered on, meeting hard-punching Eugene

“Cyclone” Hart in Atlantic City, New Jersey, nine

months later. Seales tried to box, but Hart pressed the

action.

“He hooked me in my hip,” Seales said. “He hit me

hard—the hardest. Harder than Hagler.”

Seales picked up the NABF middleweight title in

1976, but what he really wanted was a world title. In

1976 he traveled to London to face seventh-ranked

contender Alan Minter. The winner might get a shot

at middleweight champion Carlos Monzon. Seales

was favored to win. The oddsmakers looked like

soothsayers in the early going. Seales dominated the

opening rounds of the bout, causing Minter to bleed.

He banged Minter with hooks and jabs. Minter had

an ugly lump on his forehead. Seales was cruising

until a vicious left hand crashed off his chin, knocking

him to the canvas. He got up quickly, but his legs were

wobbly. Minter attacked until the referee stopped the

fight.

Seales was back in the ring four months later. He

needed the money. He fought 11 times in 1977,

winning 10 of them. He fought all over the United

States. The goal was the same—a world title. But it

wasn’t to be. That dream ended in 1979 when Hagler

starched him in the opening round. Four years later,

Seales retired. He was 31 and nearly blind in both

eyes.

With boxing no longer part of his life, Seales bounced

around, eventually finding another calling: teaching

children.

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“It was the Lord’s choice,” said Seales. “Muhammad Ali

once told me, ‘Service to others is the rent we pay for

our room in heaven.’

“The Lord wanted me to teach autistic kids. That’s

what made me the person I am today. Everybody was

winning. They were learning. I did it for 17 years. They

didn’t want me to retire.”

With his second retirement came restlessness. Even with

all the disappointment, pain and loss, boxing beckoned.

Seales heard the call. He hadn’t lost his passion. He’d

give back again by coaching.

In 2008, Seales and his wife moved to Indianapolis. He

found a gym that needed a coach. The job wouldn’t pay

him a nickel, but that didn’t matter. Money was never

his God. Legally blind for years now, he bumped into

the heavy bags as he maneuvered around the dingy gym

but could see enough to coach. He took on two teams

that, the year before, came in third place in the state

tournament. The next year they won it all.

“We’ve won nine Golden Glove team championships in

10 years,” Seales said.

Seales was happy and content, but then a miracle

happened. A doctor named John Abrams performed

more surgery on his left eye.

“I’ve been living in Indianapolis for 11 years,” said Seales.

“All those years I’ve been in the dark. The bifocals I had

on wasn’t telling me what needed to be told.”

The surgery was performed. Seales was stunned.

“This Dr. Abrams, he took care of me,” said Seales. “I

was lying on the couch for three hours. I was out, but

a nurse held my hand. The next day I didn’t need my

bifocals anymore. I was blind for 11 years with glasses

on. Now, I didn’t need ‘em.”

“A miracle” is how Seales describes it. He can see his

kids now. Long ago he accepted the pitfalls of his life. No

need to blame. Move on and teach.

“With boxing, you have to love it,” said Seales. “Focus

on what you’re doing, and listen on how to get it down.”

Seales has focused all his life. And now, for the first time

in many years, he can really see.

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TThere There is a lot to be thankful for living in the Northwest, but the truth is during the

Twinter months we may long for some sunshine and warmer weather. When the days are

Tshort, the temperatures are chilly and gray drizzle makes things just wet enough to mess

Tup your day, we remember the wonderful islands of Hawaii where it’s almost always 80

Tdegrees and sunny. As a couple that has a serious travel bug, it’s rare we visit the same

Tplace twice. But after our first trip to the island of Kauai, we were back again this past

TMay, less than two years later.

TThere There are slices of paradise on each of the Hawaiian Islands, but for those looking to

Tstep out from behind the all-inclusives, dinner shows and crowded Waikiki and add

Tsome adventure to your vacation, the North Shore of Kauai simply can’t be beat. In and

Taround Hanalei Bay you will find some of the most spectacular beaches and scenery

Tin the world. You can surf, snorkel, scuba, hike, bike and fly. This truly is a remarkable

Tisland, and your visit will bring you a new-found appreciation for nature.

THis Perspective

TAs a traveler, I like to see and experience as much of an area as I can because who knows

Tif I’ll ever be back again. Relaxing on the beach is always part of the trip, but I can only

Tlounge for so long before wanting to find the next experience. This might be my favorite

Tthing about Kauai. You can drive up and down the North Shore, find plenty of places to

Texplore, and if you feel like a little beach time, just pull over and plop down your chair

Tand towel.

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Kauai is known for adventure both by sea and land. One of my favorite

excursions we’ve taken is something you wouldn’t likely come across

at the concierge desk. Our group of four hired a local by the name of

“T” to take us into the center of the island and float down a century-old

irrigation canal originally created to bring water from the mountains to

the taro fields and pineapple plantations in the valleys below. The drive

was on one of the roughest and craziest roads I have ever been on with

washed-out sections the size of a Mini Cooper. We passed through the

area where they shot the entrance to Jurassic Park, and we were soon

riding boogie boards down a 2-mile canal. We passed through several

pitch-black tunnels and ended at a beautiful swimming hole.

Another great land adventure is hiking the first 2 miles of the Kalalau

trail. This trail begins where the road literally dead ends. It’s an 11-mile

hike that wraps around the famous Na Pali Coast, which you can also

tour by sail boat, zodiac, kayak or helicopter. This hike is rated a difficulty

9.5 out of 10 by the Sierra Club, but the first 2 miles are doable if you are

in decent shape and have hiking experience. Permits are needed to go

further than 2 miles, but thousands of people make the 11-mile trek each

year to camp out at Kalalau Beach—one of the most beautiful beaches

and backdrops you will ever see. The trail is steep and rocky, and you

traverse streams that can swell at a moment’s notice. Both times we’ve

done this hike it has down poured for a short time, making for an even

wilder experience.

Back in the water, you’ll find a colorful array of fish snorkeling at Ke’e

beach, excellent surf and boogie boarding waves in the picture-perfect

2-mile crest beach of Hanalei Bay, and will more than likely come across

giant sea turtles snorkeling at Anini Beach. Having such an immense

turtle swimming just feet away from you is really an amazing experience.

Like other vacation destinations, there are plenty of restaurants from

grab-and-go to upscale fine dining, and shops carrying trinket souvenirs

to fine art. You’ll notice that only a couple bars stay open past dinner, but

after a day of exploring and sunny beaches, most retire early instead of

seeking out the nightlife. If you get the chance to visit this island, enjoy

the beaches, but don’t be afraid to step out and find your own adventure.

Her Perspective

When my husband and I settled on a vacation to the island of Kauai and

began to talk to friends and colleagues about our trip, one of the most

common things we heard from other visitors of the island was, “Kauai is

incredible.” After having visited the island twice, I agree.

The Hawaiian island of Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The island has natural presence that truly must be seen to be believed.

Kauai served as the backdrop to many famous movies (Jurassic Park and

Blue Hawaii for example), so you likely have seen this spectacular place

before without even realizing it.

If you are in search of tropical paradise that comes complete with

stunning high lush green mountain peaks that seem to always be draped

in a shroud of mist and that are contrasted against a coastline of white

sand beaches and rolling turquoise blue ocean waves, look no further

than Kauai.

The “Garden Island” is the perfect backdrop for burying your toes in the

sand and your nose in a book while the ocean crashes to the shore. You

can boogie board, surf and drink beer from your cooler while you get far

too much sun and apply too little sunblock. You will probably have more

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than one encounter with some of the most colorful chickens you have

ever seen, as they inhabit the island and seem to be its most numerous

residents. These free-range creatures will probably be your morning

alarm clock, too. They seem to be lurking everywhere, including outside

your window.

Impressive sunrises on the island make for a perfect excuse for getting

up early for a run, taking a yoga class on the beach or walking down to

the nearby beach to stand in the ocean and watch the sun come up for

the day.

Opting for a vacation rental by owner over a hotel will usually include

the perks of having a little more privacy, a lot more space and typically

a cache of beach gear to let you create your own experience. Plus, if you

have a kitchen, it can easily be stocked. The island boasts multiple farmers

markets, with one happening most nights of the week. The markets are a

great chance to be amazed at how much better things grow in the tropical

climate (hello giant onions!) and to find and try fruit not typically found

at your regular Pacific Northwest farmers market (hello papayas!).

Creating your adventure not your style? There are also tons of resources

and companies that will ensure your vacation has just the right amount of

zip-lining, surfing, fishing, snorkeling or whatever you enjoy.

If you are looking to have rocking party where you stay up late and hop

from club to club, this is not the place for you. And no one is going to

walk up to you and try to sell you some trinket you don’t need. Kauai’s

charms are much more natural and serene—and when you leave you’ll

find yourself planning the next trip before you get home.

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