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May 2020 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 17

MAY 2020

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

SERVING THOSE WHO SACRIFICED

BERNIE GARCIA

Q&A WITH MOCTEZUMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

AND TEQUILA BAR PRESIDENT

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A Time of Renewal

It’s May, and this is usually the time when everything is starting to

come back to life, especially in our local communities. But this May

we are all faced with something much different; a reality that is

riddled with uncertainty. Most of us either own or work for a small

business, and we have all witnessed firsthand how challenging

things have become. We are only as good as our community

and the support we receive from each other. It is the fabric of

the community that binds us together and keeps us all living in

harmony with one another. There are no substitutes. It is “us”

that makes the 253 such an amazing place to live. Which leads

me to the multi-billion-dollar corporations that have flooded our

airwaves and social media channels with their mantra of “We are

all in this together,” which makes me think, “Are we?” Are we really

“in this together”?

Let us not be fooled and remember the people who live, breathe

and work here are the ones who are “in this together.” We are the

ones who have each other’s backs, and we are the ones who will

figure out how we create our new normal. And one thing I am

certain of is that we will figure it out and make it happen! And while

we are all waiting for the “go” from our leaders, embrace the time

we get to have with loved ones. These are precious moments, and

we should all make the most of them!

May will be a time of renewal once again, and this year the renewal

will be one of the best.

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About The Cover

THE MAY COVER OF 253 LIFESTYLE

MAGAZINE features Bernie Garcia,

president of Moctezuma’s Mexican

Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Read

more about what great things have

been happening at the restaurant,

as well as how the Garcia family has

been showing their support to the

community, in this month’s Q&A on

page 30.

Photo By Samantha Elise Tillman.

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HOME

A Reflection of Self: Creating your

home sanctuary

TRENDING

A Camper’s Paradise: Top spots to pitch a

tent in the PNW

TACOMA

Safe Sleep Training Center: Claire Bear

Foundation advocates for infant and child

safety

Q&A

Q&A with Bernie Garcia, president,

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant and

Tequila Bar

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Tips and informational articles about

living a healthy, active lifestyle

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Home

a reflection of self

CREATING YOUR HOME SANCTUARY

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly is our sanctuary from the outside world. As

I write this, I am cozied up on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version of “normal,” the

center of which is our home. So, what can we do to make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who

we are?

Whenever I feel my home is in need of a bit of sprucing up, I try to look at it with clear eyes. What would a stranger feel

when they walk into our space? Would they see clutter, old magazines, newspapers or schoolwork? Would they smell the

salmon that we cooked for dinner last night? Would our home be welcoming or off-putting? Think of the sense of calm

you experience when you walk into a spa or luxurious hotel. At this time in the world, we could all use a little more ‘calm’

in our lives and our environments.

One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a

welcoming, inviting home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to spare minimalism; it just means

that everyday detritus is not on view for all to see. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your home that you do not

know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So, if you believe your china bunny collection to be beautiful, then by all

means, keep it! Stylists display collections all together so that it reads as a whole and not as a lot of competing items.

Another key element is our sense of smell. I love walking into a spa and breathing in that healing scent of essential oils

and expensive candles. Diffusers, candles, incense, all of these have the potential to help create a lovely environment, but

they can also overwhelm. I love pairing fragrances together, but I always try to use good-quality candles and stick with

natural-smelling options like lemon, mint, grapefruit or evergreen. Overly perfumed scents can be difficult as they do

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not necessarily read as relaxing. When choosing scented products for your

home, ask yourself if it’s something you might experience in a high-end

spa. If not, put it back!

In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the most important elements

is self-expression; having art on the wall that you love, colors that speak

to you, and furnishings that are specific to your needs and wants. All of

these are important, but we can take it one step further. If you love to cook,

make sure that your kitchen is stocked with beautiful dishes, good-quality

pots and pans, and most of all, is clear from clutter! If you love to read,

make sure you have adequate shelves and storage space for your collection

of books. If you love to paint, set up a space in your home that allows you

to indulge in your passion. If you meditate regularly, set up a space of calm

specifically for this practice.

The most important thing to remember in creating our own sanctuary is

that our home is our own. Arrange things how you like them. Don’t model

your home after the latest Better Homes and Gardens issue. Also, bear in

mind that sprucing up can be done on any budget. It might take some

persistence, but wonderful quality things can be found at thrift stores,

garage sales and even church rummage sales. Build your home slowly; it

does not have to be done overnight.

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A CAMPER’S

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Top spots to pitch a tent

in the PNW

By Abigail Thorpe

Spring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready

for some outdoor adventure. The Northwest

boasts some of the country’s most beautiful

spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts

to peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures

to be had within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of

the best the PNW has to offer.

Paradise Creek Campground

Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come

together near Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek

sits in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The old

growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the

campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls

trailhead is only 5 miles away, and the campground

serves as a prime base for exploring trails and viewpoints

around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. FS.USDA.

gov/recarea/giffordpinchot recarea/?recid=31870

Priest Lake State Park

A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the

Canadian border, Priest Lake boasts pristine crystal

waters and various campgrounds situated on various

parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one

of North Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the

Selkirk Mountains. With boating, fishing and hiking

right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural rock slides

are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there

are plentiful trails and day trips around the area to

choose from. Keep in mind camp spots often sell out

months in advance, so plan ahead.

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The Northwest boasts some of the

country’s most beautiful spots to camp—

from craggy oceanside haunts to peaceful

lakefront retreats.

Moran State Park

Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of

Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland,

lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade

Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above

nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and

the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s

watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com

White River Falls

A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot

is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee in

the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is fairly

small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable water

and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near the falls is

beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the road a few miles

offer alternative stays if the campground is full.

FS.USDA.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=59065

Heyburn State Park

Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines mark the oldest

state park in the Pacific Northwest. There are three campgrounds in

the park, located just over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Hawleys Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are

available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is first come,

first served. Many hiking and biking trails are easily accessible from the

park, including the “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly

through the park. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn

Lake Chelan State Park

A family favorite destination in Central Washington, this 139-acre

campground offers lots of lake access, sandy shoreline and activity.

Amenities like showers, restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy

summer camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and kayak

rentals are available if you don’t have your own—or want to haul it. Set

out to explore the North Cascades or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy

some fun in the sun. Parks.State.wa.us/531/lake-chelan

Farragut State Park

This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.

Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene

Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for

camping, fishing, swimming and boating.

Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head

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out for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers.

A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

Cape Disappointment State Park

A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape

Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of

the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John

Meares’ first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and

Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old

lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents

its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing.

Parks.State.WA.us/486/cape-disappointment

Deception Pass State Park

Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this

a water lover’s paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular

state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and

Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible

sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.

Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge

and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and

construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass

* Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are

temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning

your trip.

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CLAIRE BEAR FOUNDATION ADVOCATES FOR INFANT

AND CHILD SAFETY

By Rachel Kelly | Photos Courtesy of the Claire Bear

Foundation and Shayna Raphael

best way that we feel that we can honor Claire

is to give every child the best chance they have

at life,” says Shayna Raphael, mother of Claire.

“The

Shayna and her husband Justin are the founders of a foundation

called the Claire Bear Foundation; a foundation that provides

resources and information to promote safe sleep and prevent

sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). As founders, they are

responsible for a lot of activities, funding and promotion. More

recently the foundation is in the process of rolling out a mobile

safe sleep training unit, bringing resources and education to a

greater and harder-to-reach audience. Shayna and Justin are also

working as advocates to bring about much-needed legislation

and state funding for preschoolers across the state.

There’s a lot of work to be done. There’s a lot of conversation,

activities, information, fundraisers and outreach. The Claire

Bear Foundation has its origin in grief, which makes every

interaction heavy with purpose. Every activity carries the weight

of a greater responsibility; a responsibility that so many can

relate to at a basic level: the responsibility of family. The loyalty

and immeasurable depth of love and vulnerability that we feel

for our children, the joyful and heavy task of loving like a parent,

is something that none of us takes lightly. The Raphael family

is tasked by what that means when being the parents of Claire.

Claire was just 10 months old when she died in the care of her

daycare facility. She was put down to sleep in the bedroom of

the in-home care worker, instead of in her crib. She rolled on

her side, creating a pocket of air that she continually recycled in

and out, slowly putting her into a deeper and deeper sleep. She

did not recover.

The specific details of Claire’s death were not immediately

apparent to Shayna and Justin. All they knew was that Claire

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had died en route to the hospital. There was no immediate investigation

or questioning of the childcare worker. Business went along as usual for

the daycare, while the family was left reeling with emotions and feelings

that they weren’t sure how to process. Through the efforts of friends and

hospital staff, Claire’s family did eventually receive closure through the

details of her death; details which made them wonder why the daycare

facility was allowed to continue to function several weeks after Claire’s

death.

It would be understandable if after the loss of Claire that the Raphael

family might feel immobilized. Stuck. Unable to move forward. It would

also be understandable if the family felt angry. I think all of us can relate to

a feeling of wanting justice. This is not, however, how the Raphael family

responded. Their response was one of love. After losing Claire, every action

came from a desire to preserve something beautiful. Every step an effort to

shield other families from having to lose what was most precious to them.

They were interested in honoring their daughter’s memory, not tarnishing

it.

It is this personal love, grounded in experience, that has made Shayna such

a perfect advocate. Safe sleep can be a tough subject. It can be difficult to

admit that there are some practices that we grew up thinking were good

that might be, or were, dangerous for our children. Shayna approaches

parents from a place of trust and a desire to share, expanding resources

and information available to parents to prevent infant death. In other

words, she’s relatable.

Through the advocacy

and partnership of the

Raphael family, more

families have access to

resources for child safety.

In that spirit of advocacy,

Shayna and Justin Raphael

have used settlement

funds from Claire’s

death to honor her life

through the work of the

Claire Bear Foundation.

Two years ago, some of

those funds were used to

create an infant and child

trauma training center in

Mary Bridge for doctors

and nurses. It is one of two

that exist in community

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hospitals across the nation. The training room is equipped with up-to-date

CPR technology so that staff can practice life-saving scenarios on childsized

mannequins. The hospital was recently remodeled, and the training

room was relocated. It reopened in April in commemoration of Claire’s

death of the same month.

Along with the more practical resources such as education and health-care

advantages, the Raphael family is working with legislators through Child

Care Aware of America as parent advocates. Through their advocacy work

they hope to put in place Claire’s Law, which would increase non-punitive

punishment for daycare facilities where a child dies under care. They are

also on a mission to see the state contribute more of the annual budget

toward quality preschool care. Currently it is a low 1 percent. One of the

greater accomplishments thus far toward that goal has been getting law

enforcement, legislators and prosecutors in one room to discuss all the

different angles of what Claire’s Law will do.

This year will see a lot of success for the Claire Bear Foundation as they

continue in that same vein. Next spring, the Raphael family will hold a gala

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fundraiser on April 24, which will be the sixth anniversary of Claire’s

death. Funds will go toward the mobile unit and other partnerships

fostered through Mary Bridge. The gala will be held at the Clover Park

Technical College Sharon McGavick room.

Until then donations can be made through their website at

ClaireBearFoundation.org. Connections can be made through their

online resources such as Facebook and the Safe Infant Sleep Evidence

Based Group. All donations and resources go toward creating a stronger

foundation of support; an essential factor in creating resolution for the

bereaved and preventative care for the thriving.

As the training room in Mary Bridge reopens this spring, the Raphael

family is reminded of their mission: to support, educate and advocate.

To see every family receive the same level of care that they did, and

more. Care and support that comes from the highest levels of the

nation. Support from state law through funding and legislation. Support

through hospitals that have the newest research at their fingertips. And

through us, the community that engages without shame for a greater

level of awareness.

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Bernie Garcia grew up in the

restaurant business starting out

at his parents’ restaurant, the first

Moctezuma’s on South Tacoma Way,

as a dishwasher because his dad

wanted him to learn the value of hard work.

He was so young he needed a stool to reach

the sink. He worked his way up through every

position in the business and realized he was a

natural entrepreneur. Bernie loves the challenge

of adding innovations that set Moctezuma’s apart

from their competitors. Moctezuma’s has always

been a family affair, and his parents are still

essential to the brand and have plenty of input

on the creative and culinary side of things.

Q. The restaurant has been open for over 40

years, and you have received numerous “Best

Of ” awards. What does it mean to you to have

the local community embrace your business?

A. The only reason that we exist is because of

our loyal customers. After serving our amazing

guests for over 42 years, we don’t take that for

granted. Every single day our goal is to ensure

that each of our guests has the best Mexican

restaurant and hospitality experience. To

maintain exceptional service, food and drink

consistently, we employ and retain the best

teams by providing them with an ideal work

environment to be able to execute to our high

standards.

To quote my dad, “It’s not difficult to get to

the top, but staying there is the real challenge.”

My teams and I do not rest on our laurels. We

are humbled and proud of what we have been

able to accomplish in this industry, but we are

constantly on our toes, working to sustain our

success and maintain a quality presence in a

competitive market.

Q. How did you come up with the in-house

branded liquor “Grandeza”?

A. After the launch and success of our

Coronarita (the margarita with the inverted

Corona beer in it), we introduced an innovation

in which we used a mini bottle of orange liqueur

to create an elevated Cadillac margarita. Its

popularity was impressive. However, one issue

that we had was not being able to maintain a

consistent supply of clips, and secondly, with the

high cost of the minis, it was a challenge to make

a decent profit.

After much brainstorming, a bottle design with

an integrated clip came to mind. A year later we

were granted the utility patent for our innovative

clip bottle. We tested our first prototype in our

restaurants and were amazed at the popularity.

That was when we realized that we were on to

something.

Then we set out to create the ultimate orange

liqueur for margaritas, one that would

complement tequila and not overpower it the

way cognac or brandy-based orange liqueurs do.

After months of testing and sampling, we arrived

at our final Grandeza recipe, which included

organic Mexican agave nectar, orange peels and a

hint of vanilla for balance. It’s 40 percent alcohol

and neutral grain spirit based. It beautifully

complements the tequila, instead of masking its

flavor.

It has been two years, and now Grandeza is

distributed by the largest distributor of spirits in

the country, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

Grandeza was recently honored with a double

gold medal at the SIP awards, which was the

highest medaled orange liqueur. We couldn’t be

prouder!

Q. What is your inspiration for your recipes?

A. My mother inspires our recipes immensely

and is essential to our culinary process. She

blesses every new addition to our menu and

has influenced many of the dishes that we have

created. With the culinary experiences and skills

of our talented executive chef, my mother, and

myself, we make a great team in creating the new

items for the restaurants.

Since I have a passion for traveling, I appreciate

how my world explorations and sampling

of some of the finest dishes and drinks have

inspired me and been infused into some

of our new menu items and innovations at

Moctezuma’s.

Q. How do you contribute to the local

community?

A. Our parents instilled volunteering into my

siblings and me at a very young age. Every year,

during the holidays, my dad would take our

family to serve homemade meals at homeless

shelters. Serving those in need was ingrained in

us, and so I feel a deep sense of responsibility

within me to give back to my community.

We currently have a fundraising program

where we invite groups to host events at our

restaurants, and they receive a portion of the

sales they bring in.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have been

offering free children’s meals (with the purchase

of a lunch or dinner entrée) to ease the burden

of parents. We’re also providing heavy discounts

and, in some cases, complimentary meals to

health-care workers and hospitality industry

workers during the shutdown. Our team even

donated and delivered hot meals to our frontline

workers at St. Joseph Hospital, and other local

hospitals as well.

We are honored and proud of our charitable

efforts and will continue to make a difference

wherever we can. When our community needs

us, we will always be there.

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TREND REPORT

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Trends are always changing, gaining popularity

and even going out of style. That is the beauty of

the fashion world—it is always moving forward

(sometimes at lightning speed). You’ve seen bell

bottoms and flare jeans return from the ‘60s and crop tops

paired with hair scrunchies return from the ‘90s. While

some of you may not be so fond of these recycled fashion

trends, here is a new one you should know about—and how

to style it.

Monochromatic (adj.) containing or using only one color.

Contrary to popular belief, monochromatic does not

mean black and white. Monochromatic outfits are styled

wearing one specific color, or even different shades of the

same color. So yes, the monochromatic trend can be black

or white, but not black and white. A good rule of thumb

for a monochromatic outfit is to have three-plus pieces of

the same color. I’m talking about a top, bottoms and shoes.

Black is an easy place to start on putting one together. You

likely have multiple black pieces in your wardrobe already.

Look for a top and a pair of bottoms that are both black. As

I mentioned before, they can be different shades of black,

so do not think because they aren’t perfectly matching that

it will not work. The third piece could be a jacket/blazer,

cardigan or sweater. You could also make the third piece an

accessory like a scarf, belt, hat or headband. Black shoes are

required to complete this outfit. Put them all on together,

and you now have yourself a monochromatic outfit. Also,

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Other trending

colors this spring

and summer include

pistachio green, scarlet

red, orange peel and

faded blue.

do not get the idea that a monochromatic outfit

has to be bottoms and a top. It could very well be

a dress paired with accessories or layering pieces

of the same color.

White is another easy place to start on putting

together a monochromatic outfit. If you feel

confident enough, try out a bold color. Personally,

I organize my closet by color. Organizing in this

way makes it easy for me to see what color I have

most of. I have a lot of pink in my wardrobe

since it is my favorite color. I was easily able to

put together a pink monochromatic look that is

fun and bright for summer. Other trending colors

this spring and summer include pistachio green,

scarlet red, orange peel and faded blue.

If you are wanting to go shopping for the

monochromatic trend, many stores sell pieces

that were made to go together. Two-piece sets

make easy monochromatic outfits, since you

already have two of the three items you’ll need.

Keep in mind that your shoes are important too in

this monochromatic trend. If you have a specific

pair of shoes you want to color coordinate with,

then bring them along shopping.

Need help putting together your monochromatic

outfit? Pinterest and Like to Know It are two good

sites to look at for inspiration! You can also find

me on Instagram @oliviamichelle.h, and I’d be

happy to help.

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Photos by Anne Marie’s Photography

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Health

ACIDS IN SKIN CARE

SOUND SCARY? THE TRUTH ABOUT ACIDS AND THE HEALTH

BENEFITS TO YOUR SKIN

BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN

M

any people wrinkle their nose or cringe

when I mention acid treatments for treating

certain skin conditions. They imagine skin

melting or psychedelic narcotics. The acids

I’m recommending are medical-grade products containing acid

solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various benefits. I am a big

fan of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens containing

acids. They keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the age of

40) keep those pesky wrinkles to a minimum.

Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what

the benefits are to your skin.

Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is

a water-binding carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and

retains water, keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is

the main culprit for the reduction of the body’s natural production

of HA, leaving the skin to appear wrinkled and dehydrated. You can

increase the HA in your skin by ingesting it in supplement form,

applying topically to the face, neck and decollete, or via injection by

your aesthetic provider. The results are hydrated, plump, firm and

glowing skin!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived

from fruits, which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of

the epidermis, which is mostly composed of dead skin cells. This

process allows the skin to breath and generate new, healthy skin

cells. Skin conditions treated with alpha hydroxy acids include age

spots, melasma, texture, fine lines and enlarged pore size. Examples

of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid. The result:

smoother, brighter and more even skin tone.

Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate

deeper into the skin, dissolving dead skin cells and excess sebum

buildup. Because of the composition of BHAs and their ability to

penetrate deeper into the skin, they are good options for oily or

acne-prone skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid, a great

ingredient for combating acne. The result: a clearer, brighter and

smoother complexion.

Quite often, acids are used in combined

treatments to remedy multiple skin

concerns.

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Quite often, acids are used in combined treatments to remedy

multiple skin concerns. For instance, maybe you have combination

skin and are experiencing hormonal breakouts along the jawline,

but the skin on your cheeks and under-eye area are dry and sun

damaged. A combination of AHAs and BHAs could be used during a

chemical peel treatment with a post treatment and at-home regimen

containing hyaluronic acid for moisture retention.

There are many options for the use of acids in your skin-care

routine. Talk to your skin-care provider about which combination or

treatment is right for you. Keep in mind, many acid treatments make

you sensitive to sun exposure, so additional SPF and protection is a

must. Peels are not recommended while pregnant, nursing or when

using any oral or topical acne medications. Talk to your health-care

provider or dermatologist if you have questions.

Don’t be afraid to try new products, even if they sound scary. The

results can lead to a healthier complexion and a happier you.

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Health

YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What you need to know when it comes to your coverage

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It is important that patients are keenly aware of their insurance

benefits. Insurance is an important factor in our patients’ care. In

our practice, we utilize dental insurance if you are having any type

of dental treatment completed by Dr. Bloomquist and medical

insurance if you are seeing Dr. Iregui for an oral sleep apnea appliance.

In the second part of this two-part series, we address some of the most

common medical insurance-related questions we are asked.

Is oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea covered under

my medical or dental insurance?

Oral appliance therapy is covered under your medical plan only.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition and therefore it is

your medical insurance company that will provide benefits for this

treatment. Your insurance coverage is a contract between you and the

company supplying your coverage, and to receive the benefit you are

entitled to, you should know the specifics about your plan.

Are all medical insurance companies the same when it comes to

coverage?

No, all insurance companies are not the same. There are even numerous

plans within the same insurance company. The company that holds

your insurance plan and the plan within that company that covers

your medical treatment is either chosen by you or your employer. It

is your specific plan that dictates your coverage and out-of-pocket

expense for any medical procedure.

Are in-network benefits the same as out-of-network benefits?

An in-network provider is a provider who has signed a contract with

your insurance company that they will provide treatment/services at

a reduced cost. This means that the insurance company dictates what

services are covered and at what reimbursement. An out-of-network

provider, however, is still able to treat patients but, because they are

out of network, the fee schedule and treatment provided is set by the

provider.

Each insurance has different policies regarding in- and-out-of-network

benefits. Some plans do not even have out-of-network benefits.

However, it is important to know that in some circumstances you can

request a waiver, called a PPO waiver, in order to be seen by an outof-network

provider but receive in-network benefits. The PPO waiver

must be approved by your insurance company prior to you moving

forward with treatment. This waiver does require some leg work on the

part of the insured, but most patients find that it is worth it.

What is secondary insurance?

Secondary insurance is the insurance plan that will possibly cover a

medical visit or service after your primary insurance has been billed

for your medical service and submitted their payment amount. Some

secondary medical insurance plans do have deductibles that need to

be met prior to them reimbursing your provider. There are also some

plans that carry co-insurance as well. Patients need to check with their

plans in order to get this information.

What is the difference between deductibles, co-insurance and copays?

A deductible is how much the insured person must pay out of pocket

before insurance will start to pay for medical treatment. Co-insurance

is a percentage of a medical charge that you pay with the remaining

amount being paid by your insurance company. Co-insurance does not

go into effect until your deductible is met. Copays are a fixed amount

for a covered service. This is paid by the patient to the provider prior

to or immediately after receiving a service. The amount of an insured

person’s copay is defined by their policy.

It is important that patients are keenly

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‘Home Away from Home’

Fisher House

SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE

OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED

BY DAN AZNOFF

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Like every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19

impacted the mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while

the soldier receives treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland,

closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff,

which currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location.

The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding

all items in quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national

program to contain the virus through the federal government.

“We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of

the soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer.

Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The

Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone

calls.

“We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With

a little help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.”

The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during

difficult times.”

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Good Medicine

The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which

opened its doors in 2008, is managed by Carrie

Booker. She oversees the operation of the temporary

home for veterans while they receive treatment in a

quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center.

In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher

House receives only a small percentage of its operating

budget from the federal government, the majority

of its funding comes from individual donations and

organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget

Sound.

Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce

the anxiety that comes with having a loved one in the

hospital have continued to provide love and support

for the families at Fisher House. Veterans like Andy

Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he

knows.

Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now

operates the Old Soldier Distillery. He donates all of

the tips he collects from the tasting room on Puyallup

Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher House and adds

them to donations from patrons and business owners

in Tacoma.

“There is so much more we can do to help such a great

cause. It’s just a matter of getting the word out, and

people are eager to help,” said Fairchok.

The distillery proprietor used by-products from his

operation to make hand sanitizer that was distributed

throughout the community early in the month. Later

in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered $1,500 worth

of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher

House.

For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been

a family affair. His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a

doctor at the Madigan Army Medical Center, located

on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other members of his

family were employed to frame the newest addition to

the Fisher House.

He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House

has impacted any individual soldier over the years he

has been associated with the facility, but noted one

veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so inspired

by the kindness she received that she returned to the

facility on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her

own time to help others.

“WE CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR

NATION’S PROMISE AND

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“There is so much more we can do to help such a

great cause. It’s just a matter of getting the word out,

and people are eager to help.”

The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families. Staff at the facility have served

168 coalition families from 27 countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the

individuals who have received care at the local facility have been veterans of the fighting in either

Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at Fisher House I and 10 families at

Fisher House II. They average 10 families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.

The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty, reserve/guard and veterans and their

families requires dedication from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House that

serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000 volunteers who have donated almost

92,000 hours of time, according to the Friend’s website.

The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in order to provide a space for military

families receiving treatment at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on JBLM

opening its doors in 2015.

“We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said commander of the Madigan

Army Medical Center Col. Michael Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential

structure.

The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory of Gen. John Shalikashvili,

the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and

served on the Fisher House Board of Trustees.

Generous Roots

The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, a New York real

estate investor and major philanthropic benefactor for the men and women in the United

States Armed Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and his

wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations

and 37 VA medical centers, with many more

houses under construction or in design.

Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe

place for families to call home while their loved

ones received care in the hospital.”

Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential

Medal of Freedom in 1998. One year later

President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106-

161 that honored the philanthropist status as an

honorary veteran in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian

Wilson, who managed the first Fisher House

near the Navy base in Bethesda Naval Hospital

in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called

weekly to find out if there was anything that was

needed and wanted to know what the families

thought about the house.”

Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could

be done to make the veterans more comfortable.

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“People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially

loved to help those who protected his freedom.”

Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites

that can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every

location features a common kitchen, laundry facilities,

spacious dining rooms and a living room with library

and toys for children. The newest houses are handicap

accessible that include elevators.

Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher

houses across the country have gained a reputation for

developing a sense of community among families during

dark times. The bonds are enhanced with common areas

that provide space for families to care for each other while

they share common experiences.

According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses

across the country have saved military families an

estimated $282 million in out-of-pocket lodging and

transportation expenses. When they are at capacity,

new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save

their money for other expenses that can occur during an

emergency situation.

Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum capacity

of four persons. According to a statement released by

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Fisher House, referrals with more than four guests cannot

be accommodated. A separate program titled “Hotel for

Heroes” places eligible patients and their families in local

hotels and is available when the number of patients and

their families exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House.

The residences have been designed to provide temporary

housing and are not a treatment center. The residential

units are available to active and retired military personnel,

active duty reservists and members of the National Guard

as well as anybody receiving inpatient treatment at the VA

hospital.

Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their families

who live more than 40 miles from a medical treatment

facility. House managers at each site have the authority to

allow families of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative

Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case basis.

A Wishlist of Needs

The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of items most

needed by families in the facility. The current list includes

an extensive catalog of food items that ranges from basics

like personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread to

single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes items that

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DEVELOPING

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games, stuffed animals and clothing.

The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-JBLM.org.

Despite assurances from Fairchok that their identity would be

protected, no current residents would agree to be interviewed for

this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes did agree to be quoted

in a military publication about the four times he and his family

utilized the Fisher House.

Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd Military Police Brigade

who took his teenage son to the military hospital.

“The Fisher House really makes the nightmare of special treatment

easier for families,” he said. Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed

by the treatment he and his family received at Fisher House that

he returned during the same year to invite many of the families at

Fisher House to his own home for Thanksgiving dinner.

The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier wounded in Iraq

more than a dozen years ago described Fisher House as “a beautiful

bridge that makes bringing together a family so much easier even

in heavy hearted moments of life.”

The obligation to care for service members and their families who

have sacrificed to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy remains

the top priority for the caregivers at Fisher House and the scores

of volunteers committed to making veterans and their families’

stay as pleasant as possible. As a precaution, mail addressed to

patients currently receiving treatment is not being delivered. “Mail

will be processed once restrictions are lifted and staff members

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COMMUNITY

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SOUTH SOUND STRONG

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Life continues on here in Washington state as we learn ways

to manage our new “normal.” Many of us find ourselves trying

to work from home while also realizing our new roles as teacher,

tackling the challenges of remote learning head on. We’re

adjusting to living somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves

with only those whom we live with, in order to do our part to keep

ourselves, families, friends and members of our community safe.

And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those

looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our

community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep

the South Sound strong—and healthy.

From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older

folks in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack

lunches being made and delivered, free of charge, to children

and families in need, to everyday people contributing their

time and talents to make masks for our health-care workers and

those most vulnerable in the community, it’s a beautiful thing to

witness. Even though the community is encouraged to stay apart,

men and women, teenagers and children alike, continue to come

together and unite, though not in a way any of us would have ever

expected.

This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on

as they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out

enjoying the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we

can all agree that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the

wonderful lives we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and

how blessed we all are.

Thank you, South Sound, for making this a wonderful place to

live, work and play.

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EMERGENCY FOOD NETWORK

At Emergency Food Network, they are committed to continuing

to get aws much food as possible out into the community during

the COVID-19 crisis. Through various food pantries and resources

for free breakfast and lunch for children, with so much going on

in the world, the last thing anyone should have to worry about is

where their next meal will come from. For those who would like to

donate, for every $1 donated, EFP provides five meals for those in

need. To find food pantry locations and free breakfast and lunch

pick-up sites, visit EFoodNet.org.

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when electric bills are higher. As the economy is still hurting,

and the need continues to rise, Project Help is extending this

service through the end of May, increasing funding and adjusting

application criteria. They continue to offer assistance programs

including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts, and

encourage anyone facing hardship to contact them and find out

more about these programs. Visit PenLight.org for additional

information.

UNITED WAY OF PIERCE COUNTY

United Way of Pierce County is an organization dedicated to

the well-being of our community, and they have been closely

watching the developments surrounding the spread of the

coronavirus, as their top priority is to ensure the safety of staff

and our community. They have been working hard with local

nonprofit organizations to help meet their emergent needs. If you

are struggling during this difficult time, visit UWPC.org/covid-

19-resources-list, where you can find helpful resources, including

updates from officials, educational activities for children and

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Eat & Drink

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SPRING COBB SALAD WITH

CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

Yields: 4 servings

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

4 hard-boiled eggs

4 slices cooked bacon

8 asparagus spears, blanched

8 cups butter lettuce

1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts

8 sugar snap peas

1 small carrot, sliced

2 medium red radishes, sliced

½ cup cucumber, sliced

½ cup crumbled blue cheese

METHOD:

• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water by 1 inch.

Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has reached a rumbling

boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted lid. Set timer for 10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a large bowl with cold ice water

immediately and let them cool down for a couple of minutes before peeling.

Slice whole eggs in half and set aside.

• Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy,

about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a paper towel to

soak up the rendered grease. Set aside.

• Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a boil. Add

asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch) for 15 seconds.

Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice water to stop the cooking

process. Immediately transfer to a paper towel. Set aside.

• Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a large platter.

Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding each ingredient to the

lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so that it’s displayed beautifully

over the lettuce.

• You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve immediately or keep

on the side for individuals to serve themselves.

AVOCADO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

1 large avocado

1 small clove garlic

1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

½ tsp. Himalayan salt

Dash of fresh cracked pepper

4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin

2 tsp. white wine vinegar

1 tsp. brown mustard

METHOD:

• Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a food

processor or blender.

• Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds.

• Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may add more

lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.)

• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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ROAD TRIP

BRITISH COLUMBIA’S OKANAGAN AND THE INTERNATIONAL SELKIRK LOOP

PART I

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

There is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially

when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the Oroville-Osoyoos

Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of

this two-part series. The second part of the trip continues onto the

International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the

border at the Porthill-Rykerts Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns

of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.

When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you

want to drive each day and make reservations for where you are going to stay

each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the

end of the article) and determine any places or activities for the day. Have a plan

but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem

that is not well known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The

nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw in a few

portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach

towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure to pack a cooler and picnic

basket.

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Have a plan but be open to

spontaneous stops. Often a

local may recommend a hidden

gem that is not well known, so

you want to take advantage of

“those opportunities.

Day 1: Osoyoos

Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination

for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s only desert, has

a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a

natural history museum from the perspective of the indigenous peoples. The

Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than

400 members live and work on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a

few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is

housed in an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow

time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert while

viewing an Osoyoos village.

For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake.

The cellars are the first winery in North America owned and operated by an

indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try

Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage. This red blend is a perfect meld of

merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec.

The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out Wakepilot

Wakeboarding for a 90-minute Sea-Doo experience or rent a stand-up

paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.

The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return to year

after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and comfortably

furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous lake views. After a

long day of travel and activities, consider picking up takeout for dinner or check

out one of the restaurants within walking distance of the resort. The front desk

can give you recommendations.

Day 2: Olivier

Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique farm tour

takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse the vineyards

and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this scenic property.

Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce from the fields. Children

and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other livestock. The tour ends with a

wine tasting on the patio overlooking a lawn with plenty of games and activities

for children.

Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great wineries

it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see with some of

the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina is a culinary delight,

with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the Mediterranean-style menu.

After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone Adventure

Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines zigzag back and

forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating rides. There is a trail for

those who prefer to observe with views of the landing platforms. The staff is fun

and energetic and works well with children.

Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado and

Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides exceptional

sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the antique cars

greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms with luxurious

bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-fashioned feel. Enjoy an

afternoon swim at one of the pools or use the waterslide. The on-site marina has

a variety of watercraft available for rent.

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THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A GOOD

ROAD TRIP DURING THE SUMMER.

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PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at

the Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for one of their famed martinis or

a barrel-aged whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the hotel’s award-winning

restaurant with sunset views over the lake. The menu is sourced with organic

local ingredients as well as AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal.

Day 3: Kelowna

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible outdoor

experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle. Make a reservation

with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which rents bikes at the start

of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If you haven’t been on a bike in

a while, this is the perfect trail with just a slight elevation change. There are

18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to traverse while exploring Myra Canyon.

Although the trail is narrow at some points there are plenty of spots to pull over

for photos.

After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar Creek

Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer months, the

restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard and Okanagan

Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a wood-fired grill which uses

fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a memorable meal.

It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina Lake

Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen Smythe

welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She is friendly but

allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake toys. This is the place to

get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a few local places to eat. Take some

time to just enjoy the atmosphere of this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also

runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing, located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified

healing touch practitioner in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care.

She gives a great hot stone massage.

Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the Kootenay

Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.

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THE PEOPLE AND PLACES OF TACOMA INSPIRE US TO GROW, SHARE, AND BUILD.

YOUR STORIES ARE

STORIES.

THEY ARE THE TALES OF PROUD PEOPLE

THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO CALL THE SOUTH SOUND HOME.

OUR PURPOSE

IS SIMPLE.

TO CREATE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN STRANGERS,

REMINDING US ALL THAT WE ARE

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AND SPIRIT FOR

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DO IN TACOMA AND MORE.

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