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Life as we’ve known it is slowly beginning to make its return, with
much excitement, as well as attentiveness. We at 253 Lifestyle
Magazine are proud to be part of this wonderful community and
over the past several weeks have witnessed firsthand how truly
strong and committed its people are to the place they call home.
Over the past few months, our community has come together
more than ever before to keep our community, its businesses and
schools running—though in ways we could have never imagined.
June marks the official beginning to summer, with schools officially
out (no more remote learning), and more time to get out and
spend time with friends and family, as well as support our local
businesses—many who need our patronage more than ever.
In the pages of this month’s issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, you
will once again be treated to stories that are sure to inspire and
remind you of all the positivity that surrounds us, even during
Our Tacoma Focus article highlights one local nonprofit bike shop,
Second Cycle, and their mission to increase access to bikes for
everyone—one bike at a time. We had the privilege to interview
former Seattle Mariners professional baseball player and coach
Edgar Martinez, who along with his wife Holli, is dedicated to
supporting the community. Read more about their nonprofit, the
Martinez Foundation, and the incredible work they’ve accomplished
through the organization, in this month’s Q&A.
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We are honored to feature former
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Home Improvement Projects: Preparing
our homes for the warm weather
Building Trends 101: The 2020 look:
bold, open and inviting
One Bike at a Time: Nonprofit bike shop
increases access to bikes for everyone
Q&A with Edgar Martinez: Former Seattle
Mariner and Baseball Hall of Famer
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PREPARING OUR HOMES FOR THE WARM WEATHER
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
Well, summer is officially here, and this year the warm weather is especially welcome. Many of us have spent
far more time inside our homes recently than in months and even years past due to COVID-19. These
past few months have taught me so much about my home and my family, and even myself. For example, I
make a great art teacher but a rotten third-grade math teacher! This month I’d like to focus on preparing
our homes for the warm weather and helping to boost the local economy while we’re at it.
Something that can be overlooked in any home is the addition of fresh air and sunshine. Your home could be pictureperfect,
but without fresh air and sunlight, it can feel stagnant. One way to add fresh air without inviting in the mosquito
family from next door is to update or add screens to your home. Look into an “invisible” screen product that retracts and
can be added to virtually any door. While you’re at it, look into replacing windowpanes that have cracked or fogged, which
happens when a window loses its seal, and can really detract from your view.
Adding window coverings can also be an asset in the warmer months. There are so many to choose from, from solar
shades to insulated double-walled cellular shades that can keep heat out and cool air in. Proper window coverings also
protect your flooring and furniture from harmful UV rays and keep your home finishes looking newer longer.
I’m a big fan of wood blinds for a classic look, and shutters are definitely making a comeback in the home trends
department. Any of these options can update the look of your home but also add to your quality of life by reducing glare,
making air conditioning more efficient and blocking out our early morning northern sun until we are good and ready to
Summer is also a great time to have your flooring replaced, as your outdoor spaces can be utilized to store furniture and
other belongings while they have the old flooring going out and new flooring going in. Also, you can keep your windows
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and doors open for fresh air while they are doing the installation, which
helps get rid of any contaminants or volatile organic compounds that
might linger when doing flooring installs.
Painting the outside of your home is another popular summertime home
improvement project. Good weather is always a boon for painters, who
will fully utilize the upcoming sunny days to get their projects finished on
schedule. If you are considering having your home painted this summer,
it’s a good idea to speak to a painter as soon as possible to ensure you get
a spot on their list.
Outdoor living spaces are all the rage on sites like Houzz and Pinterest—
and for good reason! They can really add value to your home and even
give you more usable space. In general, we are still spending more time
in our homes, and adding an outdoor living area can really help boost
morale during this time. Pergolas and patios are great, but think about
adding some fun elements as well. Fire pits, built-in grills and even pizza
ovens are great additions to any home, and many can be done safely, even
on a budget.
Outdoor lighting is also a fun way to spruce up your space. Adding new
exterior lighting can work wonders in updating your exterior, and the
addition of twinkle lights, path lighting or café lights can add ambiance
and character to an otherwise bland space. Some of these can be easy DIY
projects, but adding new outlets or other larger installs are usually only a
phone call away with a good electrician!
I hope this list gives you a few ideas for the upcoming summer months!
Have fun, stay healthy and enjoy our beautiful summer!
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The 2020 look: bold, open and
By Abigail Thorpe
The penchant for a more open design has
been around for a while, and it shows
no signs of going anywhere. People prefer an open
concept that allows for a more casual feel and relaxed
entertaining. Hosts want to interact with their guests
or family while in the kitchen, and an open-concept
design makes each space in your home feel livable
and useful. “There are a few different design styles
surfacing on all of the price points of homes,” says
Dennis Cunningham from ActiveWest Development
and Building in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Some result in
a simpler design and clean lines.”
Continuity and flow are important in an open
concept to make sure each area flows into the next
while still preserving its own unique functionality. It’s
important to plan ahead how you want your living
space to feel and function.
A major shift is toward more green and sustainable
design that cuts energy usage and focuses on
sustainable product use and environmentally friendly
features. “The biggest changes in the building
industry relate to energy in one way or another,” says
Brett Marlo DeSantis from Brett Marlo Design Build
in Gig Harbor, Washington, which is passionate
about small-footprint healthy home design.
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relaxing, warm, inviting and peaceful—
with a touch of individual flare.
“Green building and living are becoming more mainstream and
therefore more achievable. And hopefully with more mainstream
culture, increased demand will decrease costs and allow for
healthier choices in local stores and more affordability,” she adds.
Out with White, In with Color
White kitchens have been the trend for many years now, but
homeowners and designers aren’t afraid to break into some color
and texture. Blues, greys and natural wood have become popular
alternatives to white in the kitchen.
Taking their cue from the kitchen, other spaces in the home are
starting to see bolder, richer colors, or soft, natural hues. Gone is
the grey on grey on grey tones we saw so much of in past years.
People want their home to feel relaxing, warm, inviting and
peaceful—with a touch of individual flare.
Quartz and Wood
Easy maintenance and natural finishes are today’s must haves.
Quartz has quickly become one of the most popular countertop
choices because of its durability and easy maintenance, unlike its
popular predecessor granite. A popular design choice continues
the quartz as a backsplash in place of tile—it maintains continuity
and makes for easy cleaning.
Natural wood is making a grand comeback to add texture to
kitchens and living spaces. You’ll find it used on range hoods,
as accent cabinets in the kitchen to brighten an otherwise white
space, or on the center island. It brings warmth to the space and
makes it feel more natural and timeless.
Bathrooms are not just spots we shower and take care of business.
Modern baths incorporate more of a day spa, livability element—
they’re spaces we want to spend time and relax in. Bathroom
seating—either built in or portable—is becoming popular as a
space to take off shoes, sit and relax, or stack clothing and towels.
To increase visual space and remove noise, more and more people
are opting for double floating vanities.
Small details and visual impact are more important than ever.
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Tiling over the tub apron has become a popular way of
elevating bathroom design, making the tub look like more
of a built-in feature if a free-standing tub is not an option
The king of 2020 design? Multifunctionality. People want
their spaces to serve a purpose (often several) and be
functional, comfortable and beautiful. Particularly for
smaller homes, key spaces or storage areas need to serve
multiple functions at the same time.
A prime example is the kitchen island. It’s becoming more
popular (and practical) to use for more than just storage and
seating. Almost a third of renovating homeowners will add
a microwave to the center island, and adding a sink with a
garbage disposal or a cooktop is becoming more popular as
well. After all, many people would rather face out and talk to
family or friends while cooking than stare at a backsplash.
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NONPROFIT BIKE SHOP INCREASES ACCESS TO
BIKES FOR EVERYONE
By Rachel Kelly
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“We believe in bikes,” says Noah
Struthers of Second Cycle, a Tacoma
used bike store that is so much more
than a place to buy parts. From the
orderly display of almost new or stylishly vintage bikes,
to the community tool space, to their knowledgeable
mechanics, there’s something different about Second
Cycle. It is not just a place of business; it is a space for
Their mission is simple: to demystify and normalize the
use of bikes. To hasten the realization that the bike is a tool
for community and personal empowerment. It’s common
knowledge that bikes can be used as an alternative to
cars, especially for small distances. It’s also widely known
that bikes can be used to lower congestion, increase the
health and mental well-being of people, and to decrease
one’s environmental footprint. Bikes are inherently good.
Second Cycle just wants to see more of that good out in the
community. They accomplish this less through awareness
and more through providing everyday access.
When Noah founded the bike shop 12 years ago, it was
with the mind to see more of his friends ride bikes. The
general excuse to not ride centered around bikes being too
expensive to buy or too complicated to maintain. Noah
had been a bike mechanic for several years by then, so
he was familiar with the ins and outs of the professional
biking world. The more he looked into getting his friends
into biking, the more he became aware of the privileges
enjoyed by his fellow bikers. If Noah was going to see
more people from his community on a bike, he was going
to have to address those privileges that bar so many from
riding. This meant a little more than simply selling used
bikes. He was going to have to make an inclusive space,
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one that lowered barriers to bike riding for everyone. This is why
Second Cycle offers a community tool space for anyone looking to
fix their bikes.
As he moved forward in his plans to open shop, Noah’s inspiration
naturally evolved into a nonprofit venture. The nonprofit avenue
seemed the best way to open up opportunities for community
partnership and to lend a listening ear to those people who might
have something to say. As a nonprofit, Second Cycle gains only 25
percent of its revenue through grants and community donors. While
these donors are incremental in expanding community ventures that
normally would be inaccessible, Second Cycle is unique in that the
large majority of its revenue is generated. This means that Second
Cycle is a working, sustainable bike shop. This is one of the many
reasons why it is so successful. It is a business turned nonprofit. Noah
is a bike mechanic turned nonprofit board member. Second Cycle
pays its experienced mechanics (two of which are women) a fair
working wage for their knowledge and time. They also fix and re-use
working machines and then sell them at an affordable price.
Second Cycle doesn’t stop at simply doing business (although business
is certainly important); they also reach out into their community, using
education and activity as a means to demystify and normalize the bike
as a tool for everyday use. Every first and third Friday is the women’s/
trans/non-binary night. Biking is a predominantly male sport and
tool space; holding a
night like this means free
and uninhibited access
by community members
who are often intimidated
by the biking world. A
mechanic is always on
hand for demonstrations
and advice. There are also
youth programs, whose
aim is to see young people
have access to bikes.
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two weeks. The bike rides are set at an easy pace, meant for riders
looking to dip their feet in the biking world. It’s not a 40-mile trek that
requires an expensive amount of equipment. It’s simply a leisurely
stroll with the community.
While outreach is essential, even more important is the space that
Second Cycle offers. Space to be heard. Space to be seen. And space
to work. It’s simple, and it is exactly what the community needs. Just
a little bit of space. With Second Cycle there’s access for everyone,
not just because they have stepped outward into the community, but
because they have invited others in. This invitation to be a part of
something inherently good is what makes this local shop so unique. By
creating a space that is welcoming, Second Cycle creates conversation.
Bikes are used as the campfire around which the community gathers;
a campfire that brings safety, warmth and inclusion.
As the stay-at-home orders continue, Second Cycle has become busier
rather than less. They are considered an essential business and have
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een allowed to stay open. However, there are certain restrictions
in place. Attempting to maintain a distance of 6 feet with only
two at a time in the shop has been a challenge. Unfortunately, the
community tool space is closed temporarily. However, Second
Cycle recognizes the need for bikes right now, since biking
is both a solitary and community sport. Being able to feel safe
while relieving stress outside has prompted more attention to the
biking world. An increase in business in a time where income is
low shows that they are doing exactly what they intended to do—
breaking down barriers for a more just urban landscape.
Contributing to Second Cycle is as easy as buying a bike, donating
a bike, or ordering parts for a bike. All bikes are accepted
and properly recycled. Proceeds go toward supporting their
community activities, community tool space, and to changing the
urban landscape into something that is healthier for us all. Little
by little we may just see “a world where biking is accessible to us
all.” Supporting Second Cycle with your biking needs means to
contribute to something that is, simply put, just good.
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“We saw a need for teachers
of color in Washington
state. I went back to school
after baseball and found
how I could identify more
with a teacher who shared a
minority background. Over
the years, Holli and I helped
over 100 teachers with
scholarships and Martinez
Fellowships. They taught in
schools with the most needs
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Edgar Martinez is a beloved Seattle
Mariners player best known for “The
Double” as Mariners fans dubbed
his two-run double in Game 5 of
the 1995 American League Division
Series, which led to an 11th-inning win. For
the first time in franchise history, it sent the
Mariners to the American League Championship
Series. Former Mariners’ Manager Lou Piniella
called it, “the hit, the run, the game, the series
and the season that saved baseball in Seattle.”
Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame in 2019. Prior to that, in June 2007, he was
inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian
Hall of Fame for his charitable works. He and
his wife Holli are active in the local community
and have supported Seattle Children’s
Hospital, Overlake Hospital, the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and
many more with both their time and money.
Q. What was the impact on your family in
Puerto Rico when you became a Major League
A. I grew up in Puerto Rico and was raised
by my grandparents. My grandfather was a
blue-collar worker, and we lived paycheck to
paycheck. When I signed to the minor leagues
the money was not good, but when I moved to
the major league the timing was perfect. My
grandfather was sick and no longer able to work.
I was able to help take care of him due to my
increase in income with a Major League Baseball
Q. You grew up in Puerto Rico, which is known
for sunny skies and friendly people. What was
it like making Seattle your home? Did you ever
experience the “Seattle Freeze”?
A. Seattle is such a beautiful city, especially in
the summer when there is so much green, the
skies are blue, mountain views, and the lake
is gorgeous. I never experienced the “Seattle
Freeze.” Seattle has good people who have always
been friendly and welcoming to me.
Q. Rumor has it you met your wife Holli on a
A. The girlfriend of one of the sport’s writers
asked me why she always saw me alone. She
told me, “I have someone you should meet.” I
was open to it and asked for her friend’s phone
number. She wouldn’t give it to me until she
spoke to Holli. I finally got Holli’s number and
asked her out. She turned me down, twice!
Finally, she agreed to go to dinner with me. It
went well and we continued to date until we got
Q. Please tell our readers about your
involvement in supporting the local
community and nonprofits.
A. The Seattle Mariners encouraged players
get involved in the local community, and my
wife Holli was very active volunteering and
encouraged me as well. We are most proud for
establishing the Martinez Foundation.
We saw a need for teachers of color in
Washington state. I went back to school after
baseball and found how I could identify
more with a teacher who shared a minority
background. Over the years, Holli and I helped
over 100 teachers with scholarships and Martinez
Fellowships. They taught in schools with the
most needs for diversity. The foundation also
helped mentor them with early career coaching,
and we offered professional development
seminars and training.
*At the time, the Martinez Foundation was the
only organization in the country with a mission
to improve teacher diversity. As it grew bigger,
the Martinezes trusted the Technology Access
Foundation to continue their mission by providing
Martinez Fellowships for teachers of color.
Q. You and your three business partners have
the U.S. distribution rights to El Zacatecano
Mezcal, which is a smokey tequila. Why did
you choose to promote this brand?
A. Before committing to the project, I visited
the small town of Huitzila in Mexico and met
with the family that grows and harvests blue
agave and distills it to make “Zac” mezcal. The
town is very small, and the distillery is the main
employment in the village. I was impressed
with the quality of the product. Our goal was to
increase the distribution of the product, which
would in turn help the town with increased
production, which would create more jobs.
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Summer is by far my favorite season in the Pacific
Northwest. The gorgeous sunny days are never
ending, and the heat feels glorious. This change of
season calls for some particular styles of summer
clothing that you can’t bring out any other time of year.
Maxi Dresses. You just can’t go wrong with a maxi dress.
Whether it is a casual day in the backyard with the kids,
date night or going out with the girlfriends, a maxi dress
can fit any occasion. Maxi dresses are easy to dress up or
down. Wear it casual with sandals or even sneakers and a
jean jacket. Dress it up with wedges and chunky jewelry.
Maxi dresses are also great to pair with lace bralettes. The
lace adds a touch of feminine and dresses up the look. Add
a bralette that is a different color than the dress to bring
more colors to your look. If your maxi dress is a little long,
take the extra fabric at the bottom of the dress and tie it in
a knot. This adds a little detail and will keep the dress from
dragging the ground.
Rompers and Playsuits. You are probably familiar with
rompers. A romper is a one-piece clothing item with a top
and shorts. These can vary in style on top including tank,
short sleeve or long sleeve, but they always have shorts on
the bottom. A playsuit is a generally new term defining a
one-piece clothing item with pants instead of shorts. The
top style can vary on the playsuit as well. Both are great
wardrobe options for summer days. Rompers are generally
a more casual look with playsuits being dressier. Playsuits
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This change of
season calls for some
particular styles of
summer clothing that
you can’t bring out any
other time of year.
are great to dress up for weddings, backyard gettogethers
or a day spent shopping with the girls.
Neon Colors and Tie Dye. Many of us love our
neutral colors and don’t like to stray far on the
spectrum, but summer is the best time to try
new trends. Two huge trends right now are tie
dye and neon colors, and honestly, they are not
going anywhere! There are plenty of options out
there right now, so do some searching and find a
tie dye or neon you are comfortable with. A neoncolored
top can easily be paired with a denim
jacket and jeans for a pop of color you won’t feel
overwhelmed by. You could grab a neon-colored
pair of shoes to wear with an all-white outfit. As
for tie dye, there is a large variety of different
kinds. You can find muted tie dye, which consists
of neutral colors. There are plenty of neoncolored
tie-dye pieces out there as well. Grab a tiedye
loungewear or pajama set to try out at home
before you grab something to rock in public.
Summer is the ideal time to explore everything the
Pacific Northwest has to offer. From our beautiful
beaches to hiking Rainier, exploring coastal towns
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THE LIQUID GOLD FACIAL
AN ALL-NATURAL APPROACH TO AGING GRACEFULLY
BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN
ave you heard of the Vampire Facial, also known
as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)? It is all the
rage amongst celebrities, and that’s because it is a
facial treatment that delivers astounding results,
stops aging in its tracks and is all natural.
Think of PRP as a treatment in self-healing. A small amount of
your blood is drawn from your arm and spun down in a centrifuge.
This separates your plasma from your whole blood, and this plasma
is rich in platelets (the cells that heal tissue and grow new cells).
Hence the name, platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).
The PRP is then injected into specific areas of the face to regenerate
collagen, smooth and tighten skin, soften wrinkles, brighten your
skin’s tone and enhance elasticity. It can specifically soften dark
hollows around the eyes, plump drawn cheeks, soften lines and
pores, and give your skin tone, tightness and improved texture.
After injecting the PRP into specific areas of the face, the entire
face is microneedled (a minimally invasive procedure that creates
thousands of microscopic needle pricks on the surface of the face).
The remaining PRP is then rubbed on the face, and it travels down
the channels that are created during microneedling to reach the
dermis of the skin and continue to rejuvenate.
For years, PRP has been used for reconstructive surgery, in
orthopedic medicine and in dentistry, but its benefits are now being
utilized in aesthetics to slow the effects of aging on skin. Below are
some most frequently asked questions.
How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost? A plateletrich
plasma therapy treatment is generally around $600. It takes
three months to see full results, and a series of three treatments are
recommended to start, and then once a year for maintenance.
Does platelet-rich plasma therapy hurt? Prior to your treatment,
most providers will apply a topical numbing cream. Most clients
describe the treatment as uncomfortable, but not painful.
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astounding results, stops aging in its
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How long will my appointment take? A platelet-rich
plasma therapy treatment generally takes one hour and 15
minutes from start to finish.
Is there any downtime or recovery after this treatment?
Most clients look a little red the first 24 hours after
treatment (like a sunburn). Mild swelling and occasionally
bruising can occur. Most clients return to their normal
activities on post treatment day one. The PRP is like liquid
gold, full of stem cells and growth factors, which speeds up
your healing time.
Curious if this treatment could help you with your
aesthetic goals? Consult with your aesthetic provider to
learn if you are a candidate and how this treatment can help
you feel like the best version of yourself.
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IS IT SAFE TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST?
What we are doing for our patients to navigate through COVID-19
BY DRS. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND CHIARINA IREGUI
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Heading into summer, we look forward to seeing patients
for all preventative, restorative and sleep apnea needs. We
want you to know that we take your health seriously and
are doing everything we can to reassure you that moving
forward with your dental care is the right thing to do.
During these past couple of months, we have spent time learning about
this virus and how it could potentially alter dental care. It is important
to keep in mind that we, as dentists, are trained professionals and
practice safety every day! Although COVID is a new virus, we are well
versed in practicing universal precautions, which means everyone is
protected from all potential infections. In general, this is nothing new
for us! With the apprehension directed at COVID in particular, there
are new precautions that we are taking to protect our patients:
• When making your appointments, you will be asked a short series of
screening questions regarding your health.
• Upon arrival at our office, we will ask that you remain in your car
until your appointment time.
• We ask that you wear a mask into the office.
• Patients with appointments will be allowed in treatment areas, and
companions are asked to remain in your vehicle. We are limiting the
number of patients in our reception spaces. Our goal is to not have
anyone waiting in the reception area.
• Upon check-in, you will have your temperature taken with a touchless
forehead thermometer at the front desk.
• We will ask you to use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
• Once in the treatment area, where we have air filtration units, we will
conduct a formal screening consisting of a series of questions.
• Rest assured that we will be taking the usual disinfection protocol
precautions and disinfecting all exposed surfaces in the treatment
areas. We are also expanding these measures to door handles,
countertops, light switches and other commonly touched surfaces.
• Feel confident that we are wearing personal protective equipment to
keep ourselves healthy as well. This means you will see us with masks
on even if it is the first time we meet you! Our new look will also
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Idaho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman have changed their plans for this summer. The scenery will be equally spectacular, the
weather a bit warmer, but an entirely new challenge.
News that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the sponsors of the Yukon 1000 across the Canadian wilderness to cancel this year’s
event, which compelled the couple to seek out another challenge.
So, instead of making their way across the Great North this summer, Joshua and Julie will be paddling their way through some of the
most picturesque wilderness waterways of the Deep South as participants in the Great Alabama 650. The course is a world apart from the
Canadian Yukon wilderness.
Over the past eight years the Idaho couple had been regular participants in the Yukon River Quest, a twisting challenge through virtually
untouched wilderness in the vast open terrain in Canada. They have placed as high as first place in their division.
Julie and Joshua had hoped to enhance the challenge this year by doubling their miles on the river when they applied to compete in the elite
Yukon 1000, a course that follows the route of early pioneers in what has been billed as the longest boat race in the world.
The disappointing news of the COVID lockdown, however, did not deter them. Joshua quickly found another challenge they could answer.
His solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength, endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what sponsors
describe as “an epic adventure along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.”
“It may be less miles,” said Joshua, “but it is definitely more of a challenge. Both physically and emotionally.”
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He was thrilled with the new challenge, proclaiming
he did not want to “flush all those hours of training
down the toilet.” He added the Alabama course
has the potential to be more challenging because
the Yukon River flows at a consistent 9 to 13 miles
per hour. The river course in Alabama has multiple
stretches of still water that will require human
Racers in Alabama will also be forced to exit the
river for nine portages to get around nine dams on
this year’s course. Julie has been designated as the
coxswain for the race to allow Joshua to concentrate
“We were already seven months into our training for
the Yukon when they pulled the plug,” said Joshua.
He admitted that Julie is a “much better technical
paddler,” but Julie said her partner’s training for
Ironman competitions will be beneficial during the
more grueling portions of the race.
According to Race Director Greg Wingo, the race
in Alabama this September presents a unique
challenge for both competitors and organizers. Greg
is an ultra-runner who co-founded a trail running
group in his native Birmington.
“When it comes to a paddle race, and specifically
with our race where we have several different
bodies of water, the logistics behind that are quite
a bit more complicated,” he explained. “On top of
that, there is a level of navigating and orienteering
that’s involved for the paddlers that’s not quite as
common in most running races.”
Only three teams out of the 20 that began last year’s
inaugural race made it to the finish line, he said.
The change in venue has not changed Joshua and
Julie’s year-round zeal for their daily regimen
of vigorous training. In addition to time on the
river every morning near their home north of
Bonners Ferry in North Idaho, Joshua continues
to chop wood, work out at the gym and hone the
navigational skills he first learned during his time as
a SEAL in the Navy.
Meanwhile, Julie does aerobics to build up her
stamina when she is not behind the counter of
Mountain Mike’s, a local health food store.
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His solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength,
endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what
sponsors describe as “an epic adventure along the core section of the
Alabama Scenic River Trail.”
workouts now include more yoga in addition to aerobics,” said Julie.
Joshua said they will begin to scale back from their twice-a-day routine as they get closer to the
actual start date of the race.
“We’re also taking more supplements to help boost our endurance levels,” he said with a quiet
Julie is concerned that the drastic changes in temperature and humidity in Alabama in the heat of
summer may pose more of a challenge than the actual river.
“Obviously, the Yukon is a much colder environment than Alabama, and so we’ll be doing a lot
of training during the heat of the day this summer (in Idaho),” Josh said when asked about the
changes in preparation for the new challenge.
“The only element we will really need to work on that is different is heat tolerance.”
They explained the actual workouts are “not really much different” than their annual preparation
for the Yukon. Julie said their time in kayaks on the river is primarily focused on strengthening the
teamwork and the methods the couple has developed as tandem paddlers over the years.
Racers can never take any situation on the river for granted, said Joshua. He said
participants have reported experiencing hallucinations along either course. That can
be especially dangerous for teams hundreds of miles from civilization in Canada.
Based on his research from across the country, Josh anticipates even more perils in the
Alabama waterway. Instead of an occasional bear foraging for salmon, the southern
waters will have dangers with large teeth lurking below the surface of the water and
ominous predators in the branches of trees along the bank.
As of now, the Great Alabama 650 is scheduled to start on September 16 on Weiss Lake
in the northeast corner of the state and end at Fort Morgan on the shores of Mobile
Bay. Rules of the race dictate that the race must be
completed within 10 days.
A total of $22,500 in prize money will be
divided among finishers in three separate
categories: male, female and two-person teams.
The river course stretches from the white
water at the headwaters to the ambling river
delta. Greg cautions racers that “the race can
pose a challenge to even the most experienced
Racers, he said, who sign up for the solo
division must have at least one “crewperson”
to assist throughout the race to provide help
along the journey. The race director is also
grateful for the “trail angels,” people who live
along the water who will be available to assist
racers, offering snacks or a place for a hot
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“All along the trail, there are people that live
close by and love this waterway and love to
help out paddlers,” Greg said. “We’ve created a
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network of these angels to help out paddlers with pretty
much anything on their route—acts of kindness that have
been in place for decades. Now we’ll be utilizing them for
The angels and a host of other volunteers will be a major
force in keeping the race running properly. Many of the
volunteers will be stationed at portages along the course.
Racers will be met on the shoreline, where they will be
required to get out of their boat and take a compulsory
Most of these stations are at sites of dams and other places
that will need to be bypassed on foot.
“Volunteers are absolutely critical for this race,” Greg
said. “The primary responsibility of the volunteers at the
portages will be to make sure racers get their mandatory
time out of the water and to check on them.”
He said as the race proceeds and competitors spread out,
more volunteers are needed to staff the stations, some
hundreds of miles apart.
“At the beginning of the race this isn’t a huge deal because
the racers are still close together, but as the days go by the
racers spread out, based on their ability, pretty far, so we’ll
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need to man multiple portages over a couple of hundred
miles, staffing them 24 hours a day,” Greg said.
Joshua and Julie will travel to Alabama with their own set
of “trail angels.”
“My son, Ian, has been with us for five years in a row for
the Yukon River Quest. He is planning on going with us to
the Great Alabama 650 this year too,” said Julie. “He could
not make it last year. “
Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson were on hand to support
their friends at the first mandatory layover last year. They
helped pull Joshua and Julie out of their boat, fed them
both and put them to beds to sleep before the start of the
“While we are sleeping, they clean out our boat, restock it
with food and water, dry everything they can (pfds, spray
skirts, jackets). They helped inspect our gear and boat
with the race officials, and then they are there at the end
to help us out of the boat and take care of us and our gear.”
Julie said her brother David and his wife Amy and her
sister Tammy and her husband Scott helped pay the
registration fee for the postponed race in the Yukon.
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Donations of waterproof hats, gloves and socks from
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river race in Alabama.
“Nite Ize provided us with some waterproof bags and Peak
Refuel is giving us our freeze-dried meals,” Julie added. “We
are also especially grateful to our customers at Mountain
Mike’s for their loyalty to help us reach our goal.”
Julie and Joshua have one ultimate goal that guides them on
their outdoor adventures. That is the challenge to finish the
race and be able to plan for next year’s test of endurance.
“We work well together, but this will not be a walk in the
park,” said Joshua with a straight face. “This is an entirely
new challenge. Its’ all new to us.”
“We always try to find the silver lining,” Julie concluded.
“The cancelation of the Yukon race may have been a
blessing in disguise.”
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By Jillian Chandler
SATURDAYS, 9AM TO 2PM
Life is slowly returning back to normal, and the timing couldn’t
be better, as farmers’ market season has returned to the Pacific
Northwest. As the weather continues to warm up and summer
fast approaches, it’s the ideal time to head to one of the various
area farmers’ markets to take in the fresh air, shop local goods
and support area farmers and businesses. One market experience
not to miss is the Proctor Farmers’ Market, which can be found at
North 27th and Proctor Street in Tacoma’s Historic Proctor District
Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
The market looks and feels a bit different during COVID-19, and
your support and understanding is needed to stay open with a
continued focus on farms, food makers and access to local foods.
The community plays a key role to help ensure a safe and healthy
shopping experience, and below you will find some important
guidelines to follow:
• Shoppers can enter at one of two “point of entry” (North 27th at
either North Proctor or North Madison).
• Face covering or mask is required for shopping the market.
• Please sanitize your hands when entering the market and again
• If possible, you are asked to designate just one shopper per
household to help with social distancing measures.
• Service animals are permitted, while all other pets should be left
• Do your best to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself,
vendors and other shoppers at all times.
• Please no touching. Only vendors should handle produce or
• Don’t eat or drink at the market.
• Try to limit your visit to 20 minutes if possible.
If you would like to pre-order and pre-pay, you can visit
ProctorFarmersMarket.com for a list of vendors that offer online
ordering, prepay and pickup at the market. To stay up to date
on weekly market offerings and news, you can find them on
Facebook at Facebook.com/proctorfarmersmarket.com.
See you at the market!
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TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY
TACOMA FARMERS’ MARKET
The Tacoma Farmers’ Market offers three convenient locations
throughout the week to make shopping at the Farmers’ Market this
season that much easier! You can find weekly markets at the following
locations: Eastside at 35th and McKinley every Tuesday, 3 to 7pm;
Broadway at 9th and Broadway every Thursday, 10am to 3pm (10am
to 2pm September and October); and Point Ruston at 5005 Ruston
Way every Sunday, 10am to 3pm. As at all area markets, shoppers are
required to wear masks, which will be available for shoppers for whom
purchasing a mask is a financial hardship. For information regarding
participating vendors, visit TacomaFarmersMarket.com.
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OLYMPIA FARMERS’ MARKET
Keeping it fresh since 1975, the Olympia Farmers’ Market on Capitol
Way is now open for the season every Saturday and Sunday from 10am
to 3pm (they are currently closed Thursdays and Fridays until further
notice). To ensure the safety of all vendors, staff and customers, social
distancing is being enforced, crowd sizes monitored and controlled,
and vendors spaced apart. During the COVID-19 crisis, they are
limiting vendors to include those providing grocery-type items such
as fruits and vegetables, bakery, meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, jam,
plant starts and seeds, fruit trees and to-go prepared meals. They are
currently working to introduce curbside market pickup and deliveries.
Visit OlympiaFarmersMarket.com to find out more.
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DOWNTOWN PUYALLUP FARMERS’ MARKET
Run by the Puyallup Main Street Association and staying true to
their mission of supporting a healthy community, a healthy economy
and a healthy environment, the Downtown Puyallup Farmers’
Market invites the community to shop the market’s online store at
PuyallupFarmersMarketStore.com, where you can find dozens of
vendors selling farm fresh items, baked goods, specialty products,
flowers, craftware and more. One of the largest markets in the South
Sound area, all products are Washington grown and produced!
Determined on a weekly basis, the Puyallup Farmers’ Market can be
found each Saturday at the South Hill Mall parking lot (by the former
Sears) from 9am to 2pm. They, like their fellow farmers’ markets, ask
that all who stop by are responsible market shoppers and considerate
of others. To stay up to date on new market information, please visit
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BLACKBERRY AND CHEDDAR
CAPRESE WITH FRESH BASIL
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC
1 cup balsamic vinegar
8 oz. white cheddar cheese
24 basil leaves
24 fresh blackberries
TO PREPARE THE GLAZE:
• In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vinegar to a boil.
• Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes
or until vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup.
• Remove from heat and as it cools it will continue to thicken.
• Glaze may be refrigerated in a glass jar with a fitted lid for up to 1 month.
• Slice cheddar cheese into 24 even squares.
• Using toothpicks, layer the ingredients with the cheddar cheese, a folded basil
leaf and follow with a blackberry.
• Line a serving dish with the skewers and drizzle with balsamic glaze right
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Road Trip Part 2
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S KOOTENAI ROCKIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL SELKIRK LOOP
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
Last month our road trip ended in Christina Lake at the lovely Sunflower Inn B&B. The next destination is Rossland and continues
with a few days in the Kootenay Rockies before connecting with the International Selkirk Loop, the only multi-national scenic drive
in North America. Even doing just a portion of this 280-mile scenic drive is worth it. Gorgeous lakes and rivers with crystal-clear
water surrounded by towering mountains makes for a beautiful drive. There are also cute little towns and the world’s longest free ferry
Day 4: Rossland, British Columbia
It is just a 60-mile drive from Christina Lake to Rossland, British Columbia, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflower before starting your
day. Once you arrive, grab a coffee or other beverage from one of the downtown coffee shops and explore the town. Historic photos sized like a
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mural line the main street. You can stand by an historic monument and have the
same view as one of the photos taken in 1913. There are a variety of shops and
galleries worth taking a peek at.
The Rossland Museum is located on the site of the historic Le Roi Gold Mines.
There are 5 acres to explore with mining exhibits located on the grounds. The
museum also serves as Rossland’s official visitors’ center.
Next head out to the Red Mountain Resort. Plan to do a mountain hike. The
Josie Hotel has a jazzy, modern vibe. On-site is the Velvet Restaurant and Lounge,
which is kicking out some rather good chow. Executive Chef Marc-Andre
Choquette is an Iron Chef alum and the menu is heavy on seasonal, hearty food.
For an appetizer that should be called dessert, try the candied bacon. It lives up to
the hype. Dine inside with views of the mountain or out on the deck. A great way
to spend the afternoon.
Enjoy the scenic drive into Nelson, which is your stop for the night. The Adventure
Hotel is a fun place to stay and is geared to those who love the outdoors. It has
a bright, modern interior and is centrally located to all there is to see and do in
Nelson. After checking in, take a walk to Baker Street to partake of the restaurants,
many with sidewalk seating. Cantina del Centro is immensely popular with the
locals. Fresh Latin American cuisine is served up with 70 varieties of Tequila and
Mezcal, as well as beautifully crafted cocktails. The street tacos are memorable
with a variety of choices. Choose two or three to make a meal.
Day 5: Nelson
Get an early start today so you have time for breakfast and kayaking before
checkout time at the hotel. Oso Negro is a great place to start your day. This
indoor art gallery and breakfast stop serves up more than 20 different blends of
coffee to enjoy with seasonal breakfast options. Eat among the works of talented
local artists or outside in the garden.
The Prestige Lakeside Resort is located on the banks of the west arm of Kootenay
Lake and offers boat rentals from their dock, which is home to Nelson Paddleboard
and Kayak. Rent your watercraft of choice and head out on the lake. Morning
hours often have no wind and the scenery has mountains that come almost to the
edge of the lake. Very tranquil.
After a quick stop at the Adventure Hotel to freshen up and check out, head into
town to visit Touchstones Nelson Museum of Arts and History to learn about the
town and surrounding areas. A popular hike in the area is to Pulpit Rock for its
spectacular views of Nelson Kootenay Lake.
Highly recommended by locals is the little town of Kaslo. It is just north of
Ainsworth Hot Springs, your stop for the night, so you will have to double back—
but so worth it. The scenic drive along Highway 31 is truly impressive. It is hard
to imagine how the road was even built when the mountains run right to the lake.
Kaslo is a quaint town that is like a step back in time. Perched on the banks of a
beautiful lake, the historic town is well worth the detour with breathtaking views
everywhere you walk, cute shops and many choices to grab a meal.
Head back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the night. The hot springs get
crowded, so plan to go in the morning when it is only open for hotel guests.
Located near the hotel is the JB Fletcher Store, a museum and local artisan
shop. Worth the trek down the hill. The Ktunaxa Grill, the on-site restaurant,
has great service, and the indigenous-inspired menu is constructed of fresh, local
ingredients. Reservations are a must.
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Day 6: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
First thing in the morning, visit the Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is so nice without
all the crowds. The complex includes a pool fed by the spring, a cold plunge pool
fed by Munn Creek and a dimly lit cave. It is not for the faint of heart as it is like a
dark tunnel. Have breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
Head to Balfour to catch the Kootenay Lake Ferry to Kootenay Bay. You are now
on the International Selkirk Loop. There are no reservations, so check the times
and arrive early for the 35-minute ferry crossing. This is the longest free ferry in
the world—and one of the most scenic. While you wait there are plenty of shops,
restaurants and a bakery at the ferry landing.
Once you arrive in Kootenay Bay, follow Highway 3A south to Bonners Ferry,
Idaho. Along the way enjoy the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake. Stop at Crawford
Bay, a unique community of artisans’ studios. As you continue south there are
small towns, shops and beaches for photo ops. Before crossing the border make a
detour in Creston to visit two wineries, Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and
the Baillie-Grohman Winery, that are thriving in the microclimate of the area.
Cross the border into Idaho and head to Bonners Ferry for the night. The Best
Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is in a great location next to
the river and has a pedestrian tunnel to access the downtown area. There are
restaurants on-site, or head through the tunnel to access the visitors’ center and
local downtown eating establishments.
Day 7: Last Day
In the morning, head 6 miles east to the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. There
is a visitors’ center with a hike nearby to a waterfall. Additional hikes are available
as well as a 4.5-mile auto tour. There is a good chance you will see moose, elk,
deer, or rarer a bear. Birds are abundant including bald eagles and migratory
waterfowl. After spending time in the refuge continue to explore the U.S. side of
the International Selkirk Loop or head home. You are about a six-hour drive to
Seattle, Washington, which is a major airline hub.
An unforgettable family road trip adventure awaits. It’s time to start planning.
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