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THE AIR IS GETTING CRISP
SUMMER IS QUICKLY COMING TO AN END, and now is the time
to start preparing for the cool days of fall and all that comes with the
change of season. But … no matter what time of year it is, there is still
much happening right here in the 253.
This issue marks our ninth of the year—hard to believe!—and we’ve
compiled an array of wonderful stories and events that are sure to
leave you wanting more.
Our September cover story highlights Tacoma Fire Department’s fire
chief, Toryono Green. With more than 26 years on the department,
Toryono shares his experiences and the work he and others are doing
for the betterment of firefighters and the community as a whole.
Tacoma has reason to celebrate, as the Dune Peninsula was
completed and opened to the public this past July. After years in the
making, the 40-mile park is just another reason that makes Tacoma
a place to not only live and work but play. You can read more about
how the park came to be in this month’s Tacoma Focus.
Our feature story takes our readers to North Idaho, 10 miles south
of the Canadian border, where North America’s biggest hop farm
can be found, while our travel article will whisk you away to Alaska.
There’s nothing like fall in Fairbanks.
And of course, great area events abound. You can find out what’s
happening at this year’s Tacoma Film Festival, which takes place
the beginning of October, in this issue. You can see what fun awaits
in the arts and entertainment in our calendar of events, from the
11th Annual Stadium Art, Wine and Beer Walk to the Tacoma Moon
Festival and Oktoberfest Northwest.
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FOR THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF
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community as a whole.
Cover photo taken by Samantha
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TRANSFORMING YOUR HOUSE INTO A HOME
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
One of the best parts about my profession is that I frequently get to look inside (and help decorate!)
gorgeous homes. Recently I had the opportunity to help stage a home that I had always longed to see.
Knowing that a friend of mine with excellent taste had designed it before the current owners had moved
in, I knew it would be beautiful. It did not disappoint. The interior features—tile, fixtures, paint colors,
etc.—were perfectly aligned with the beautiful Victorian-era home.
The young couple who was selling it had decorated it in a completely unexpected way, bringing in their more
modern sensibilities with hints of pop culture throughout. It really worked! And it was fun to see their personalities
and interests shine in a home that had stood for more than a century.
When decorating your home, I believe that you have to be respectful to the style and era of the house, but never
forget that it is truly your home and thus should be a reflection of you! Too often we try and make our homes look
like something out of a catalog or décor magazine, when truly our inspiration should come from something closer
to our hearts—our own interests and passions.
If you love classical music, for example, try bringing in pieces of art that reflect your interest, or even use instruments
or sheet music as art. If you love “Star Wars” (and who doesn’t?), by all means, hang movie posters, quotes or even
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“kitch-y” is to do it well. Have the movie posters professionally
framed and keep the models to a minimum. This way, people
get fun glimpses into your hobbies and interests without
feeling like they walked into a pop-culture museum.
I have a cousin who produces amazing skateboard-style art
and posters. I have nearly an entire wall dedicated to his art,
but as they are all clustered together, the installation reads as
one piece and therefore isn’t overwhelming.
Another example might be someone who is a passionate
gardener or plant aficionado. I have seen lots of plants in a
home done well, and I have also seen it done poorly. Done
well, plants are healthy and thriving and clustered on a table
in a sunny window, or even several sunny windows. They are
potted in nice, somewhat similar pots and look cohesive. Done
poorly, the plants are scattered haphazardly through the home
with no rhyme or reason and no regard for their health. There
is nothing sadder than a half-dead plant sitting by itself in the
middle of the floor in an ugly plastic pot.
Remember, your home is and truly should be a reflection of
your life and no one else’s. While I always, always believe in
good design, I also believe in people and love getting to know
them through their homes. After all, a home is just a house if
it doesn’t have any personality!
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Provides multiple means to
By Justin Teerlinck
Photos Courtesy of Tacoma Film Festival
group of Grand Cinema members
led by Executive Director Phillip
Cowen got together in 2005 to share
a collective vision of celebrating
independent film in Tacoma. That shared
vision became the Tacoma Film Festival, now
in its 19th year. Today, it is a community fixture.
The Tacoma Film Festival soon returns to the
Grand Cinema on October 3 through 10. The
full film schedule will be published on the
festival website on September 12.
Opening night will showcase “The Infiltrators,”
co-directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera.
The film features undocumented youths who
deliberately allow themselves to be detained by
immigration authorities in order to infiltrate
the Northwest Detention Center.
“The subject matter is relevant on a national
level, and with the Northwest Detention Center
a mere 2 miles away from Downtown Tacoma—
where the bulk of the festival takes place—it’s
also clearly something that’s deeply relevant
to us here, too,” says Tanya Tran, marketing
manager for the Tacoma Film Festival.
At heart, the festival is a focal point for people
who love independent film and the culture
of storytelling that surrounds it. It provides
multiple opportunities for people to not just
hear stories that are rarely told but to experience
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“We bring filmmakers who go on to
premiere their next film at Sundance,
or go on to run an HBO show.
And we also feature filmmakers who
have created incredible films while
maintaining a day job.”
Those opportunities extend to experiences such as The Veldt,
a virtual reality simulator that honors Ray Bradbury’s short
story with the same name. The virtual reality experience
is not a gaming environment but an immersive milieu for
three-dimensional storytelling. The interface creates a
personalized experience that is directed by each user. Tran
further explains, “We’ve had VR experiences/films that are
works of journalism, for example. We’ve had narratives,
docs, comedies, horror ... like other categories of film, it’s
just that you’re experiencing it in an immersive way. In the
case of the VIVE [virtual reality hardware], you put on a
headset and you can look in every direction as well as move.
Sometimes you have controllers in your hands, too.”
Both juried and audience-choice awards will be bestowed on
filmmakers who submitted works for a wide range of genres.
$10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.
The awards include Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best
Animation Short or Feature, Best Virtual Reality, and also
awards highlighting direction, screenplay, performance and
cinematography. Both Pacific Northwest and non-Pacific
Northwest filmmakers will be honored. According to Tran,
“We bring filmmakers who go on to premiere their next
film at Sundance, or go on to run an HBO show. And we
also feature filmmakers who have created incredible films
while maintaining a day job, or who consider filmmaking a
passion and not a career.”
She goes on to say, “Past visiting filmmakers often remark
on the sense of support they feel from our festival—from
both TFF staff and the Tacoma community. We’re very
conscientious about TFF being a place free of hierarchy,
where storytellers at all levels of experience can find safe,
fun ways to connect and share. That energy is palpable.”
For members of the public wanting to get involved,
purchasing a movie pass and attending film screenings is an
obvious way to enjoy up-and-coming independent films and
support the local film community. However, you can also
volunteer! The Tacoma Film Festival is accepting volunteer
applications until September 19. They’re looking for venue
assistants, airport transport drivers (using a festivalprovided
van), information booth workers and lounge
attendants, so if you have the time, the skills, and want to be
a part of history in the making, step right up. Just go to the
Tacoma Film Festival website (TacomaFilmFestival.com),
click on the “volunteer” tab under “support” on the home
page, and scroll to the bottom for the online application.
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Another way to directly support the Tacoma Film Festival is to
host a visiting filmmaker in your own home or space. The festival
asks for a commitment of one to four days, but you can host a
filmmaker for the duration of the festival if you choose; providing
food and transportation for them is not required.
If time is not a readily available resource, but money is, you can
also help the Tacoma Film Festival reach its $10,000 goal by
September 20. Donations support free film passes for those in
need, including local students. They also support the community
housing program, which assists filmmakers with costs associated
with attending out-of-town screenings, and participating in talks
and other events which extend the reach of their creative vision.
There are many different perks offered for donations ranging from
$50 to $1,000 including one of only 20 posters highlighting the
event, signed by visual artist Art Chantry, available for donations
of $500. Check out the website for more details.
Early bird passes retail through September 12 and cost $125. VIP
regular price passes go on sale September 13 and cost $175. The
all-access passes include much more than just movies: They’ll get
you in to opening and closing night parties, as well as workshops.
Find out more by visiting TacomaFilmFestival.com.
Whether you host a filmmaker, purchase a pass, enter the virtual
world of The Veldt or attend a single movie, the Tacoma Film
Festival invites you to visit Grand Cinema and see stories come
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Separate But Equal
CREATING A SUCCESSFUL CO-PARENTING SCHOOL SCHEDULE AFTER SEPARATION OR DIVORCE
By Felicia A. Soleil, JD
In this column a few months ago, I wrote about creating a
fun, fluid and flexible summertime schedule for children
of two-home families. Now that school is back in session,
you’ll want to maximize quality time together while within
the parameters of the school schedule. However, be careful that
your own parental needs don’t negatively impact their academic
In my work as a family law mediator, I’ll often hear the following
“My co-parent and I have a ‘50/50’ parenting plan, but I counted
the days on the calendar and he gets more than me. That’s not
fair. It should be equal.”
“We alternate school breaks and holidays, but some years she gets
more time than I do. Shouldn’t we have the same exact amount?”
“I have Tuesdays and Sundays off from work, and only one full
weekend a month, so the kids stay with their mom during school
days. But shouldn’t I be allowed to have my kids overnight on my
days off, even if they have school the next day? I should have the
experience of putting them to bed and getting them ready for
When parents present to mediation wanting to justify their
argument for adding “more time,” my first question to them
is, “How will this benefit their children? Have you considered
the child’s point of view?” Many times these parents are so
adamant about wanting to be “equal parents” they focus on
counting hours and days of residential time rather than focusing
on communication, joint decision-making, participation in
children’s activities and other ways to feel included in their
children’s lives when not under the same roof.
Sometimes these parents are driven by a need to control the
parenting style of the other parent or are resentful that, now
separated, the other parent is more involved with the children
than during the marriage. In other words, they don’t “deserve” to
be an “equal parent.” Other times there are parents who equate
less time with their children to being “less of a parent.” Rather
than focusing on maximizing the quality of the time they do
spend with their children, they want to increase the hours (even
if only sleeping hours) to correct any perceived “imbalance”
between them and their co-parent.
Here are things I ask them to consider:
1. Will the schedule promote or hinder the children’s ability to get
settled and have adequate sleep on school nights? This includes
decreased negative impact on healthy wake-up times.
2. Will the schedule promote or hinder the children’s ability to do
homework? This includes reducing a child’s worry they won’t get
adequate assistance or get it completed on time.
3. Will the schedule increase or decrease the number of transfers
the children make between parents during the school week? How
much of that “extra” time a parent wants will actually be spent in
a car or re-organizing school clothes, supplies, etc.?
4. Will the schedule reduce or increase a child’s anxiety about
who will be picking them up from school, who will take them
to practice or a game, who they should ask if they are invited to
a friend’s birthday party or sleepover? No child wants to give up
time with friends or activities due to a guilt trip laid on them by a
possessive parent. (“But that’s my time with you!”)
I also frequently ask parents: “Imagine you are each of your
children living the proposed schedule. With success in school
being the focus for the week, how does all the back and forth feel?
Are you rested, able to focus and confident you’ll get to activities
on time? Do you feel assured that you have the support of both
of your parents, even though you share your time with them
separately?” Sometimes putting the parents in their children’s
shoes is all it takes to resolve the issue of “separate but equal.”
Felicia Soleil is a family law attorney and mediator. She helps her
clients in achieving resolutions that foster both a compassionate
ending to their union and a healthy new beginning for them
and their families so they can focus on moving on, rather than
simply moving out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All
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TACOMA’S DUNE PENINSULA, A FORMER SUPERFUND SITE,
OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN JULY
Story and Photos By Anneli Fogt
“Do you want to be my friend?” one child
asked. He was breathless from running up
five flights of stairs on the warm August
evening. “Sure!” the other child replied,
as they prepared to take a high-speed trip down one of six
polished silver slides.
They were two of nearly a dozen children that evening
enjoying the Chutes-and-Ladders-style playground built into
the 60-foot slope surrounding the Tacoma Yacht Club and
Point Defiance Ferry Terminal. The attraction is one piece
of the new 40-acre Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park
area, which opened to the public on July 6. The product of
three years of work and nearly $75 million, the peninsula
and surrounding elements is the culmination of Metro Parks
Tacoma’s largest project. In addition to the stairs-and-slides
playground, the area includes the 11-acre newly landscaped
Dune Peninsula, which the Frank Herbert Trail winds
through, and the 50-foot high Wilson Way Bridge, which
connects Point Defiance to Point Ruston. But the park’s
impact goes far beyond the joining of two of Tacoma’s most
Just three years ago, there were no children playing here. The
peninsula was one of the country’s most polluted Superfund
sites—built up from the ocean over the course of decades by
layers of arsenic- and lead-tainted waste dumped there from
the nearby ASARCO copper smelter. For 80 years, from 1905
to 1985, huge cast-iron kettles filled with glowing, molten
industrial waste—called slag—would ride on carts from the
smelter to the edge of Commencement Bay. In the shadow of
the smelter’s imposing 571-foot smokestack, the slag would
be emptied into the sound and the carts would return for
For many residents living in Tacoma at the height of the
smelter’s production, the molten peninsula combined with
the waste-laden vapor pouring out of the smokestack was
the reality of successful industry, but at least one man saw it
differently. Sci-fi author Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma
in the shadow of the ASARCO smelter and, throughout
his life, moved up and down the West Coast. He published
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a legendary series of novels called “Dune,” now called some of the
greatest science fiction novels of all time, which tell the story of a rebel
group carving out life on a new planet. The series was inspired by
Herbert’s time in Tacoma.
“Frank Herbert lived over in Brown’s Point,” Metro Parks Tacoma
Manager Phedra Redifer told KING5 in July. “He had a very clear
view of the Asarco smelter and the toxic plume basically that would
continue to go up in the air, and that inspired him to write the book
Now a replica of one of the massive cast-iron kettles that dumped slag
into the bay sits on the waterfront trail named after Fred Herbert. It’s
on the peninsula that bears the name of his books, in an area that
inspired his writing. It’s fitting, seeing as how the transformation of
the area was made possible through a process similar to the one being
used by the characters in his book.
To make the peninsula safe for the hundreds of adults, children and
dogs that now walk among its landscaped acreage, more than 20,000
truckloads of dirt had to be moved out of the area and the exposed
soil surface covered with a woven cap to keep the contaminated dirt
sealed in. “Terraforming”
is how Tacoma Metro
The peninsula was one
Parks Commissioner and
sci-fi author Erik Hanberg of the country’s most
described the process to
KNKX, the Tacoma NPR polluted Superfund
affiliate radio station, last
August. It’s a sci-fi term sites—built up from
used to describe the process
the ocean over the
of transforming a planet to
support human life and course of decades by
exactly what the rebels in
Frank Herbert’s “Dune” layers of arsenic- and
were doing to live on their
dumped there from
“The characters in the novel
have a goal to ‘terraform’
their planet back to its
inhabitable origins,” he
said in a July Metro Parks
news release. “That’s what
we’ve done here. We have
terraformed a polluted
wasteland into a beautiful environment for all to enjoy.”
the nearby ASARCO
On a planetary scale, the process could take centuries. In Tacoma, it
took three years—two longer than expected. And while construction
began in earnest in 2016, the process to clean up the area began more
than 30 years ago.
The smelter closed, and the dumping of slag into Commencement
Bay ended, in 1985. The smokestack was demolished eight years
later, effectively removing the outward signs of pollution. But the slag
heap, at the time being used as a breakwater and parking lot for the
Tacoma Yacht Club, served as an enduring reminder of the pollution,
and remediation work presented a massive and expensive challenge.
According to a June News Tribune article, building a park on this
piece of land had been a goal for the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks
for more than a decade—Metro Parks Project Manager Roger Stanton
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told the newspaper that there’s a sketch on his desk that dates
back to 2001. But it wasn’t until voters approved a new parks and
zoo bond in 2014 that the concept materialized. The following
year, Metro Parks Tacoma approved the long-range Destination
Point Defiance plan and “funding materialized and the wheels
really began to turn,” the article indicates.
The “park on the peninsula,” as it was called before being
officially named Dune Peninsula in 2018, became part of the
larger Destination Point Defiance project. Construction began in
June of 2016 under the watch of the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology—two
of the eight agencies who shared the $74.8 million price tag—
and trucks began to haul out 400,000 cubic yards of the most
contaminated dirt destined for plastic containers in nearby
Stanton admitted to the News Tribune in June that the
undertaking was “daunting” and “overwhelming” but now stands
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the residents of Tacoma.
“People won’t just see this park,” Stanton said in a July Metro
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Toryono Green, fire chief, has more than 26 years of experience with the Tacoma Fire Department.
He and his family, which includes two young daughters adopted from China, are planning to
homestead and are in the process of building a small farm where they plan to raise chickens and
pigs and grow their own fruit and vegetables. He also volunteers extensively by serving on the
Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Board of Directors, which focuses on providing resources
and system improvements to better meet the health-care needs of children and parents in our
community. He is a senior fellow and board member of the Tacoma/Pierce County chapter of
the American Leadership Forum, a nonprofit organization that promotes collaborative problemsolving
and relationship building amongst community leaders.
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“ I HAVE SEEN A LOT
OF PAIN, SUFFERING,
LOSS AND DEATH OVER
MY CAREER. FRANKLY,
HAS HAD AN IMPACT
ON ME. THIS IS AN
DOES NOT GET ENOUGH
Q. Tacoma is known as the ‘Gritty City,’ and
downtown went through some rough times. As
a Tacoma native, what are some of the exciting
things you see happening in Tacoma?
A. I am incredibly proud of the dramatic
changes that have occurred and continue to
occur throughout Tacoma. The revitalization
of the downtown area has made it a destination
for dining, art, conferences and entertainment.
I believe the most impactful change in the
downtown area was the addition of the University
of Washington, which brought with it all of
the amenities necessary to make the area feel
walkable and safe. Perhaps the greatest thing
I’ve seen throughout the city is the emergence
of strong neighborhood identities (i.e., Proctor,
Hilltop, South Tacoma, Eastside, etc.). I believe
this, combined with continued support from City
leadership, will lead to safer and more connected
micro communities within Tacoma. That change
is what I believe will make Tacoma shine as a firstclass
Q. We have a popular local saying, “Live Like the
Mountain is Out.” What is your favorite thing to
do when the mountain is out?
A. I love the outdoors, particularly in the Pacific
Northwest. I am a bit of an introvert, and the pace
of the fire service can be overwhelming, so getting
out for a nice, quiet hike or backpacking trip is
probably at the top of my list for ways to recharge.
I also enjoy road cycling and have completed a
number of local organized rides multiple times,
including the Seattle to Portland, Courage
Classic, Chilly Hilly and the High Pass Challenge.
Ultimately, I really enjoy just being home and
preparing my property for farming.
Q. What is the worst fire or natural disaster you
have experienced in your more than 26 years
with the department? How did the department
rise to the challenge?
A. I can’t say that there is one fire that stands out
enough to identify it as ‘the worst,’ particularly
since approximately 80 percent of the emergency
work done by modern fire departments today
is related to medical emergencies, not fires.
Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of pain, suffering,
loss and death over my career. Frankly, every
incident has had an impact on me. This is an
insidious reality for emergency responders that
does not get enough recognition. If I am proud of
anything in this regard, it is that the Tacoma Fire
Department, and the fire service as a whole, has
taken the emotional and psychological impact of
this work on firefighters seriously by recognizing
and openly addressing the resulting PTSD;
contracting mental health professionals to assess
and support our responders following a significant
incident and sending a number of our personnel to
receive certified training in critical incident stress
management so they can serve as peer supporters.
With suicide being one of the leading causes
of death for firefighters today, there is probably
nothing more urgent for us as a profession.
Q. What is your advice for children, and maybe
adults too, who want to be a firefighter when
they grow up?
A. First, do well in school, and seriously consider
attending college first. While a college degree is not
required for employment with us as a firefighter,
most of our applicants come to us after having
earned a college degree and/or military experience,
both of which provide incredible life experience
and tend to help applicants interview with greater
confidence and depth. More than anything, I
would encourage potential applicants of all ages to
give serious consideration to their actual desire to
serve this community. Firefighters are truly public
servants, and those that ultimately get hired by us
have demonstrated a heart for service.
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GETTING BACK TO YOUR SCHOOL ROUTINE
JUST FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS
BY PAMELA BOLADO
ack to school is a time of change for the whole
family, and it can sometimes bring out a lot of
stress. A back-to-school routine for your skin
(among every other aspect) is vital to relieving
that stress, minimizing those pesky breakouts and controlling acne.
Remember to change …
The sheets and pillowcases, that is! This is often one overlooked
place that harbors all sorts of nastiness. Every night you lay your
pretty head down on a filthy, germ-ridden, bacteria-festering sheet
and pillowcase. These bacteria and germs can contribute to acne. Do
your skin a favor and habitually wash the bedding regularly. Once a
week is a good rule to follow. Use a natural laundry detergent rather
than those scented with synthetic perfumes.
I do recommend those with acne change their pillowcase every
other night since you can turn your pillow over one of those nights.
Your skin will be able to rest, breathe and look more rejuvenated
when it has a clean place to rest every night.
Never underestimate the benefits of washing off your makeup
before bed. Nighttime is the time for your skin to relax and breathe,
as you spend countless hours exposed to pollution, UV rays and
other environmental factors throughout the day.
Think about how dirty the surface of your cell phone can be after
touching it all day, then pressing it on your face.
Keep alcohol swabs in your purse, school bag and console of your
car for regular wipe downs. And don’t forget to clean those makeup
brushes; they touch your skin daily! Routinely cleaning the oil,
skin and debris from your makeup brushes will help as well when
dealing with breakouts.
While I don’t recommend washing your hair daily, if your hair is oily
and your bangs sit on your forehead, you may be experiencing more
breakouts than usual. If you are prone to “bang-line” blemishes, we
recommend pulling them back off your face a few times a week or
using a dry shampoo that absorbs excess oil between classes.
Don’t shower after a workout? Chances are you have sweat and dirt
sitting on your skin, possibly clogging your pores and breeding
bacteria. I recommend using a natural (alcohol-free) toner
immediately after you work out, as it removes the sweat and sebum
I remember pulling all-nighters too but, believe it or not, “beauty
rest” isn’t just a saying. Make sure you are getting six to eight hours
a night to keep your oil levels healthy and your skin smooth and
While I could go on and on about how best to avoid acne, some
of it is out of our control. Things like your monthly hormonal
cycle, medications, your diet and, yes, genetics can affect your skin
throughout the year. The important lesson is to do what you can to
get ahead of the curve and not to stress about it.
It doesn’t have to be a long or hard routine, but with a few simple
steps like hydrating your body, regular face cleansing and routinely
washing your sheets, your skin will be healthy and glowing and
ready to go back to school.
If it’s time to start seeing a skin professional, a deep cleansing facial
and Hydrafacial MD are excellent choices for a monthly to bimonthly
Pamela Bolado is the founder of Le Pamier Skincare Co. and master
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HAND JIVE: PART II
HAND-LE WITH CARE
BY DARCIE MILLER, LIGHT IN BALANCE
Have you ever thought about your hands as
an extension of your heart? In last month’s
article, I talked about all the amazing tasks
your hands perform and how the touch of
your hands can speak volumes.
Your hands have taken many abuses and will continue
to take even more abuse; not because you are
deliberately trying to hurt them but from simply using
and overusing them. It is inevitable that at some point
you will experience pain and stiffness in your hands—
and your hands do not have to be aged to experience
pain and stiffness.
Wearing gloves to protect them while performing
specific tasks can help, as well as applying lotion or
balm to help soothe dry and chapped skin.
Reflexology is a natural and holistic modality that can
be performed on your feet, hands or ears.
Hand reflexology may be useful as a way to help
manage pain from arthritis or osteoarthritis. It can
help boost circulation from overuse or as the result
of an injury, as well as long-term complaints such
as Raynaud’s syndrome. Other benefits may also
include improved flexibility in those who suffer from
rheumatoid arthritis and from chronic pain, which is
often associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
In addition to helping with pain and discomfort in
your hands, hand reflexology can also be beneficial
in managing any associated symptoms you may be
experiencing from irritable bowel syndrome, stress,
headaches, tension, anxiety, neck and shoulder pain,
and breathing problems.
Just like your feet, your hands contain a reflexive map
of all of your body’s systems—circulatory, endocrine,
nervous, skeletal, muscular, reproductive and urinary.
A trained and certified reflexologist will work with
you, and together you will develop a session strategy
to help you achieve your goals. Reflexology is not a
replacement for medical care, but it is a modality
which can complement treatment you may already be
receiving from your health-care provider.
Whether receiving hand, foot or ear reflexology, or
any combination of the three, it is an excellent source
of self-care. You only get one body, and it is important
to take care of you.
And at the risk of repetition, I must repeat the
importance of wearing the proper gloves for the task
to protect your hands. Remember, there are 27 bones,
27 joints, 34 muscles and over 100 ligaments and
tendons in each hand. Your hands will perform many
tasks and acts of love over your lifetime. Please, take
care of them.
You only get one body, and it is
important to take care of you.
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TOURING NORTH AMERICA’S BIGGEST HOP FARM
BY COLIN ANDERSON
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To brew beer you need four key ingredients:
water, yeast, malt and hops. Clean water makes
for a crisp beverage, and yeast is used to convert
sugars into alcohol. Malt is where the color and
flavor profile comes from, and hops add to the aroma and
bitterness. A stroll down any grocery store aisle and you’ll
find such a wide range of choices that it’s hard to fathom
they all come from the same four basic ingredients. If
you’ve tipped back a Bud Light, Goose Island IPA, Elysian
Dragon Tooth Stout or Ten Barrel Trail Beer, then you’ll
want to raise your glass and toast to one of the men who
supplies the beer industry with one of its key ingredients.
Ed Atkins is a fourth generation farmer whose family
continues to work the lands along the Kootenai River Valley
in the far reaches of Northern Idaho. About 10 miles south
of the Canadian border you’ll find a lush valley surrounded
by towering mountains. All kinds of crops flourish here
including hops, and Ed and his team have more than a few
plants to keep an eye on.
Elk Mountain Farms was built in 1987 and originally
covered 600 acres. In 1989, the farm was expanded by
another 600 acres, and in 1991 an additional 500 acres were
added. The 1,700 acres easily makes Elk Mountain Farms
the largest hop farm in North America. Ed is the general
manager of the massive operation, something he didn’t see
coming when he started here more than 30 years ago.
“I didn’t know anything about hops,” he recalled. In the late
‘80s Ed was in the logging industry when he was laid off
due to slowing production. He knew the person who was
starting up the farm and was asked if he wanted a job. “I
thought I’d work there for a few months then head back
into the woods again, but here I am,” he said.
Ed now oversees a full-time staff of 21 and seasonal
workers that during harvest can swell to 220. He’s held
numerous positions from mechanic to manager to business
operations, and GM for the last 11 years. From having no
knowledge of hops, Ed is now a walking encyclopedia. “We
have a rich, fertile valley here with lots of irrigation, long
summer days and cool nights. Hops enjoy the 80 degree
days and the 60 degree nights,” he explained.
Elk Mountain Farms is situated on similar latitude to hop
farms in Germany. This was taken into account when
finding a location for the massive operation. Hallertau and
Saaz are some of the oldest hops known to man and do
very well in Germany. These were the first varieties planted
at Elk Mountain and were also very successful. During the
early days of the farm, the hops were being utilized for
Budweiser’s flagship products Bud and Bud Light. As the
craft beer movement began to swing back up again, it was
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The 1,700 acres easily makes Elk Mountain Farms the
largest hop farm in North America.
Ed’s job to bring in additional varieties to meet brewers’ demand for new products. “We started with
two and are now growing seven varieties,” said Ed. These include Amarillo and the newest rage Citra,
used in juicy or hazy-style IPAs. It’s a market that’s much different from when Ed began his career at Elk
Mountain. “Today’s consumers are a lot more fickle, and I see there is virtually no loyalty to brands. It
seems to always be about what’s new versus what’s good.”
With that in mind, the experimental side of the farm has also ramped up. There was a time when Ed
and his team were only experimenting with a half dozen plants; today that number has skyrocketed to
1,500. “We are always looking for the next big thing as there are two big niches today: drinking what’s
local or regional or what’s the new latest and greatest.” While the experimental side is an operation of
itself, the main farm is where the vast majority of the work comes from.
A single acre on the farm contains 889 plants, meaning at full capacity there are more than 1.5 million
plants that are tended to. “Hops are high maintenance and high labor,” explained Ed. Hop bines grow
vertically, and each bine on the farm will reach a height of about 20 feet. Elk Mountain uses a core yarn
that is made from coconut husk fibers as a way for the plant to wrap itself and grow vertically. Workers
need to put these up at the start of each year. Most plants require two strings each. This translates to
approximately 80 million feet or 15,000 miles worth of string put up by hand each and every year.
Unfortunately for the team, the bines need assistance if they are going to reach their full
potential, which means training. Each May workers go out for the first training, which
involves manually wrapping each bine around the string. About a month later it’s done
again. Keep in mind, there are more than a million plants—and this is done twice! “We
do this so that all the bines grow to an even length because we want them to all grow and
bloom at the same time.”
About 100 to 150 workers tackle these jobs in the spring and summer.
There is a small window when the hop cones are ready
to harvest. This is usually in August, and that’s when
Elk Mountain Farms really begins to ramp up. Twohundred-and-twenty
seasonal workers are brought
in to work around the clock. “We’ve done it in 17
days, but typically it’s about 20 or 21 days,” said
Ed. Each worker is set to a specific task to ensure
everything is done correctly and timely so the farm
doesn’t miss its limited window.
Hop combines are sent out into the fields. There are
only about 30 of these in the U.S., and Elk Mountain
has six of them. “You have to build them yourself,”
said Ed. “We can’t just call up John Deere and have
them make us one.” The massive machines gather
the whole bine and begin separating out the cones
from the rest of the plant. Bines are sent through
an unloader, which breaks up the clumps and starts
to separate the cones from the rest of the plant. The
first cleaning done in the field is just step one of the
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mesh, blasted by air and shaken again. In all they go
through six different stations including mesh grates, arm
piercers, trammels, a harp and finally dribble tables. (If it’s
at all confusing, it should be. Just know that by the time
they come out they are cleared of any excess material.)
Materials separated from the cones are composted and go
back into the fields to be used on the next crop.
The next step in the process is drying the hops. This is
done in a massive kiln powered by a 9 million BTU
propane burner and a 75,000 CFM fan. The hops are
dried at a temperature of around 130 to 145 degrees.
Once out of the kiln a conveyor drops them into another
area atop a cloth for them to cool. These tables are filled
about 30-inches deep, and it takes anywhere from four
to 13 hours for the hops to hit their preferred moisture
level of 9.5 percent. “Operators feel by hand and read the
moisture levels. Once we hit that mark, they are sent to be
bailed,” explained Ed.
At this point the hops are ready to be used and can be
shipped to distributors and brewers around North
America. The hops are run up an additional set of belts
and dropped into a weight box. They fall into a cloth, and
once 200 pounds are in, they are sealed up by hand using
two commercial-grade sewing machines. Each bail is
labeled, and they are ready to be shipped.
When harvest is complete there is still plenty of work to
be done preparing for next season before winter sets in.
Workers stay on until around Thanksgiving time, when
things slow enough for everyone to catch their breath, if
only for a short time.
For Ed, the entire experience is something he didn’t
envision but wouldn’t change. He’s been able to work
alongside a passionate group, many of whom started
when the farm was built and retired after never leaving.
“I’ve had great mentors here; the people that help you, I
owe a debt of gratitude to them,” said Ed.
As you look around the Northwest, new breweries
continue to pop up seemingly on a monthly basis.
Competition for taps at bars and restaurants is fierce,
and brewers are altering their marketing and creating
new styles in ways they didn’t have to when the craft
beer renaissance started again in the early 2000s. While
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stay, Ed isn’t so sure. “Craft died in the mid-’90s and
came back again in the mid-2000s. It’s usually about
a 10-year cycle,” Ed predicted. Ed points to consumer
data showing big gains in the wine and whisky industry
taking a bite into beer sales. Hop-free spiked seltzers are
also exploding onto the scene, all products competing in
one of the biggest global industries.
Ed has been through it before, and the farm is ready
to adapt to what consumers want. If brewers continue
looking for the next new hop flavor, Ed’s team will keep
the experimental varieties going strong. If consumers
begin to pull away from a saturated craft beer market,
they’ll adjust for that too, all part of 32-years experience
in farming one of the more unique crops on earth.
The relative isolation of Elk Mountain Farms ensures
that encroachment likely will never become an issue.
Only a few thousand people call the area home, and
while there has been growth in the previous 30 years,
it’s unlikely to ever impact the farm, its space or the
river which it is reliant on. The scale of the operation
and which hops are growing might change, but as long
as there is beer, the farm will continue to supply some of
the biggest names in the industry.
With more than three decades under his belt, Ed
knows his career is coming to an end in the near future.
“At some point we have to hand this off to the next
generation, and as I’m nearing the end of my career, it’s
definitely something you think more about,” he said. Ed
credits his mentors for helping him get to the position he
is in and hopes that his mentorship of other employees
will keep that cycle going. One-and-a-half million plants
is a lot to look after, and it takes a special talent to do so.
The next time you pop the top of your favorite long neck
or order up that dry-hopped Citra bomb double IPA,
give a cheers to Ed, after all, it wouldn’t be so refreshing
without a whole lot of hard work.
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The Urgency to See Anew
CULTIVATE YOUR CREATIVITY THIS FALL
By Gage Academy of Art
ART BY TIFFANY DAE | TIFFANYDAE.COM ART BY RILEY DOYLE | RILEYDOYLEART.COM ART BY RILEY DOYLE | RILEYDOYLEART.COM
We want to start with a quote by French Neo-classical artist
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) who said,
“To draw does not simply mean to reproduce contours; the
drawing does not simply consist in the idea; the drawing
is even the expression, the interior form, the plan, the model. Look what
remains after that! The drawing is three-fourth and a half of what constitutes
Ingres’ mirthful humor captures nonetheless an unconditional truth about
the education that all Atelier and Studio Arts Intensive students receive here
at Gage: Drawing, whether from life or from cast or from photograph, is
at the foundation of Gage’s commitment to building up critical skills. I am
talking about my personal belief that in painting, like in any other craft honed
over the years, separating concept from execution is a shortsighted decision,
one that often leads to well-written artist statements (those famous verbal
crutches) to provide support to work, which doesn’t visually speak for itself.
Any aspiring artist or student who wants to pursue painting must start
with taking drawing—to build confidence and understanding of form and
composition—before delving into the world of wet media and most of all
For this reason, Gage Academy of Art is excited to announce the launch of
the new Atelier Primer, a part-time program modeled after the Atelier fulltime
curriculum. Taught by Riley Doyle and Tiffany Dae, this twice-a-week
evening class teaches the classical foundations of drawing and painting from
life. The Atelier Primer is ideal for those students who cannot attend classes
during the day. There is also a host of remarkable opportunities at Gage to
jump-start or refine your drawing skills: from the workshop Alla Prima
Figure Drawing With Ink, Charcoal and White Chalk with Terry Furchgott
to the exciting drawing classes starting this fall at Gage on September 16!
Gage Academy is committed to that ‘urgency to see anew’ through painting,
as we need artists to lead us through the fog of images with their beacon
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CULTIVATE YOUR CREATIVITY
THROUGH THE SEASONS AT
GAGE ACADEMY OF ART!
TENAYA SIMS, GEORGETOWN ATELIER
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ART BY TIFFANY DAE | TIFFANYDAE.COM
pictures. This fall color is at the forefront of Gage’s
offering from Successful Painting with Acrylics taught
by one of the masters of color Terry Furchgott; to
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Watercolor
with the amazing Tom Hoffman; Topics in Abstract
Painting: Color with Jeffrey Simmons; Layers of
Abstract Paintings with Junko Yamamoto; Dynamic
Color in Watercolor with Linda James; to finish with
Larine Chung’s Color Theory & Color Mixing as well
as Color Harmony!
KIMBERLY TROWBRIDGE, TROWBRIDGE ATELIER
Hopefully this fall you are inspired to travel to
experience art and to cultivate your very own artist
in the making. In the spirit of inviting everybody to
invest time in learning your own language through the
frequentation of your medium of choice, we leave you
with a quote from the great painter Lennart Anderson:
“People think that when they are painting their best,
that that is enough, but no … that’s just where you
start. You have to paint better than your best, and then
even better than that.”
Enroll now for fall at GageAcademy.org/fall19-classesand-workshops.
For additional information about Gage
Academy of Art, visit GageAcademy.org, Facebook.com/
GageAcademy, instagram @gageacademy, email info@
gageacademy.org or call 206.323.4243.
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Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary
art school, based in personal mentorship and
skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a
curious newcomer or a professional artist, a working
creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to
anyone interested in learning. Gage gives both adults
and kids hands-on art experience working with
talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We
provide scholarships and financial aid to families and
youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-profit
dedicated to building a vibrant creative community.
artwork by instructor Michelle Lassaline
Studio Art Intensive
Register Now at: gageacademy.org
Gary Faigin Geoff Flack Tenaya Sims Juliette Aristides Kimberly Trowbridge
Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as
well as five-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS
Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with
challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/Fall19
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/teens
Dec. 7th, 2019
May 2nd, 2020
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WORKSHOPS Enroll Now
STUDIO CONCENTRATION: PAINTING FROM LIFE
with Max Ginsburg
MOVING TOWARDS ABSTRACTION
with Julie Devine
SUCCESSFUL PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS
with Terry Furchgott
NATURE IN WATERCOLOR
with Michelle Lassaline
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Eat & Drink
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HARISSA TOMATO SOUP WITH
ZHOUG & YOGURT
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn, MarinaGunn.com
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. harissa
1 tsp. cumin
1 can (28 oz.) of peeled tomatoes (San Marzano are my favorite.)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups arugula or spinach, or a mixture of the two
Goat milk yogurt
Zhoug (a spicy Middle-Eastern Pesto). I get zhoug or shoug from
Trader Joe’s, but if you’re feeling up to it, you can make your own!)
• In a large pot (Dutch oven or soup/stock pot), sauté garlic, onion and
leek with olive oil and salt, turmeric, harissa and cumin until soft, 3 to
• Add tomatoes and turn to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, crushing
tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Add chicken broth and simmer for
an additional 5 minutes.
• With an immersion blender, blend the soup in the pot until creamy.
(You can also pour into a blender if you don’t have an immersion
blender, whatever works for you!) Add salt to taste, if needed.
• Add the 2 cups of arugula, spinach or both. Stir in on low heat until
lightly wilted but still green.
• Serve with a dollop of goat milk yogurt, zhoug and chopped parsley.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
ALL THINGS GERMAN
BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER NELSON
Trumer Pils, Warsteiner Dunkel, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse—just a few of the
authentic German beers you can partake in at one of the biggest and best
Oktoberfest celebrations around. Mark your calendars for the weekend
of October 4 through 6, cruise up to the Washington State Fairgrounds in
Puyallup and get ready for one heck of a party. Oktoberfest Northwest is now in its
14th year, and crowds continue to swell.
Dirndls, lederhosen, beer, brats and Bavarian music fill the Festhalle Biergarten,
Washington’s largest Munich-style beer hall. Revelers drink, dance, play games and
go all out for one of the most fun weekends of the year.
Be sure to come hungry, as the food takes center stage at this Oktoberfest.
Traditional German fare like schnitzel, potato salad and bratwurst are accompanied
by various other meats, savories and sweets. You’ll want to quench your thirst and
won’t have trouble finding refreshments with taps all over the grounds. Wine and
cider are also available as are non-alcoholic drinks for kids and designated drivers.
If your competitive side starts heating up, there are plenty of ways to test your skills
against others. The Bier-lympics include events like stein holding and brat toss.
Hammerschlagen is an always popular event in which contestants gather around
a wooden stump and attempt to drive a nail fully into it using the least amount of
swings. There is a Stein Dash 5k, and kids can run in the ½-mile Root Beer Run.
Live music and other entertainment kick off at noon and continues all night. This
year you can end the night with ‘80’s cover bands Nite Wave and The Spasmatics.
Children can enjoy Kinderfest with face painting and scavenger hunts, among other
activities. Note: No one under 21 is permitted after 6pm on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at OktoberfestNW.com. General admission,
Fest Stein and Bier, and special VIP packages are also available.
11th Annual Stadium
Art, Wine & Beer Walk
Saturday, September 7, you won’t want to miss the 11th Annual
Stadium District Art, Wine and Beer Walk. This night of celebration,
held 3:30 to 8pm at various locations around the Stadium District,
features a diverse selection of wines and regional and local brews for
tasting, along with an impressive list of artists who will be displaying
their creative work all over the neighborhood. Tickets to the event are
$30 each and include 12 drink tickets and a signature glass. Purchase
them online at StadiumArtWineAndBeerWalk.
Tacoma Moon Festival
Presented by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and
held at the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, the Tacoma
Moon Festival celebrates the diverse cultures of the Puget Sound
region’s communities with performances, food, vendors, wine and
beer garden, and information booths. There will also be handson
activities for adults and children including tea ceremonies,
calligraphy and beyond. The event kicks off at 1pm and concludes
with a parade of lanterns led by the Moon Princess at 7pm. Find out
more at TacomaChinese Park.org.
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WASHINGTON STATE FAIR
9:00am to 1:00pm
Washington State Fair Events Center
10:00am to 11:00pm
TACOMA FALL WEDDING EXPO
9:30am to 3:00pm
Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
INDIA ARIE: THE WORTHY
7:30 to 9:30pm
MUSIC FROM HOME
3:00 to 5:00pm
RICHARD MARQUIS: KEEPERS
Museum of Glass
GRIT CITY THINK & DRINK: RACE
6:30 to 8:00pm
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
TACOMA OKTOBERFEST 2019
Noon to 11:55pm
Dystopian State Brewing Co.
PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL
Noon to 4:00pm
Job Carr Cabin Museum
HEALTHY LOVE HEALTHY
Point Ruston Waterway
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Fall in Fairbanks
ENJOY LONG DAYS WITH THE LAST OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN AND MILD
TEMPERATURES FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE AURORA SEASON
STORY & PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
From September until the snow accumulates is the perfect time to visit Fairbanks,
Alaska. The summer crowds have returned home, but you can still enjoy some
of the warmer weather activities—and may even see the Aurora Borealis. Give
yourself three full days to enjoy this itinerary, which gives you a good overview
of the area. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors
Center to find information to explore Fairbanks and Alaska’s interior. It’s more than just
a visitors’ center and more like a natural history museum. Learn about Alaska’s Native
Peoples and check out the world-class exhibits.
Chena Hot Springs Resort is your stop for the night. It is about a 60-minute scenic drive
from Fairbanks through the Chena River State Recreation Area. The road parallels the
Chena River, and wildlife sightings, especially moose, are common along the beaver ponds
and sloughs. Insider Tip: There are limited facilities along this route, so plan accordingly.
Your stay here is a good opportunity to put away the technology and enjoy the natural
surroundings. If you want a truly authentic Alaskan experience, stay in one of the “dry
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If you are lucky you will
spot some of the bucket
list animals such as grizzly
bears, wolves, caribou,
moose and Dall sheep.
cabins” with no running water and their own outhouse. If that is too rustic, the
Moose Lodge has spacious rooms with full baths.
You won’t run out of things to do while visiting this resort. Take a short walk
to visit the dog kennels. The nearly 100 Alaskan sled dogs are a bundle of
energy and love visitors. Take a kennel tour or enjoy a dog sled ride; options
are available year-round. Next visit the Ice Museum. It’s so fun to explore this
masterpiece carved from ice. Insider Tip: Splurge for the apple martini served in
a glass made of ice. The activities center is the heart of the resort. From here you
can book activities or just hang out. It is open 24 hours a day. Lastly, don’t miss
the hot springs; what a lovely way to soak off all that stiffness from traveling.
There are two dining options at the resort: the Chena Hot Springs Restaurant
serves three sit-down meals a day and is famed for its “Chena Fresh” lettuce
and tomatoes, which are grown on-site year-round and is a real treat in the
winter months when fresh produce is scarce. The other option is the Aurora
Café, which serves soups, salads and sandwiches in the activities center.
Plan to spend a full day exploring all Fairbanks has to offer. Stay at the SpringHill
Suites in Downtown Fairbanks. It is in the hub of the city with restaurants and
shops in close proximity. Across the street are the Chena River and the Yukon
Quest Store. It’s worth stopping in to learn about this 1,000-mile dog sled race,
which makes the famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race look like a fun run. Also
located on-site with the hotel is Lavelle’s Bistro—one of the few upscale dining
spots in Fairbanks.
Get an early start from the hot springs and book a morning tour to either
Gold Dredge 8 or the Riverboat Discovery. The Binkley family has a long
family history dating from the Gold Rush era and owns both businesses. If
you are a fan of TV shows like “Gold Rush,” then you will enjoy the train ride
to Gold Dredge 8 where you can explore a gold dredge and pan for gold. The
Riverboat Discovery will take you on a roundtrip tour of so many iconic Alaska
experiences from a bush pilot demonstration, a dog sled demonstration and a
walking tour of a Chena Indian Village, all truly memorable experiences.
In the afternoon, book a tour at the Running Reindeer Ranch, where owner
Jane Atkinson has created a one-of-a-kind experience. She will regale you with
stories of the early days of her reindeer journey and why the ranch is named
“Running”—and yes, it does involve runaway reindeer. Atkinson is a gifted
storyteller, and her tales are shared while reindeer frolic around you. Enjoy a
walk through a boreal forest with plenty of photo opportunities. By the time you
depart, you will learn everything you could possibly imagine about reindeer.
This is sure to be the highlight of your Alaskan getaway.
The Pumphouse Restaurant on the banks of the Chena River recreates the
glory days of the Victorian Gold Rush era. This Fairbanks Treasure is filled
with antiques and authentic-to-the-period furnishings, many 150 years old.
The food is cooked to order from fresh local ingredients, Alaskan salmon and
Certified Angus beef. This place is popular with locals and tourists alike because
of the great food and service.
Denali National Park is a two-hour scenic drive from Fairbanks. As summer
facilities shut down you want to start out with a full tank of gas and plan a
substantial picnic to bring with you (enough for two meals). This is an easily
doable day trip, and on the scenic drive you are likely to see wildlife on the way
to the park.
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The bus transportation in the park shuts down on September 12. After this date
you can drive to mile post 30 at the Teklanika River. The road is open yearround
to vehicles as long as conditions allow. Your first stop will be the Murie
Science and Learning Center at mile 1.5 on the park road. This serves as the
winter visitors’ center. After getting all the information you need and double
checking on the road status, head 1.5 miles up the road to the Denali Dog Sled
Kennels. (Note, they are closed on Mondays.) There are no formal programs,
but you can get up close to the dogs and learn more about their mission in the
People come to Denali National Park for its breathtaking natural scenery. As
you begin your drive into the park, keep an eye out for wildlife. If you are lucky
you will spot some of the bucket list animals such as grizzly bears, wolves,
caribou, moose and Dall sheep. Bring binoculars and a camera with a zoom
lens. Watch for cars pulled over to the side of the road or just stopped, as that is
a sure sign someone has spotted an animal.
At mile 15 you will come to the Savage River, which is a good place to stop.
Restrooms are available, and there is a 1.7-mile round-trip loop trail that follows
along the Savage River for a mile before crossing over a bridge and returning
on the other side. There is just a slight elevation change, but the trail is rocky.
Unlike most national parks, you can hike off-trail in Denali—just be careful and
watch your footing. People have died when hiking off-trail here.
You can continue your drive until you reach mile 30, the Teklanika Rest Stop,
which is your turn-around point. Depending on the weather and the amount of
daylight hours, you may have the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis. It will
make for a long day, but if you didn’t see it at the Chena Hot Springs it will be
worth it to have this special experience.
Head to Fairbanks for the night and fly home the next morning or take a lateafternoon
flight and squeeze another activity in such as the Museum of the
North at the University of Alaska.
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Saturday, Sept. 28 / Noon - 5pm
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