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HONORING AND CELEBRATING THAT IMPORTANT MAN IN OUR LIVES: DAD
THIS MONTH OFFICIALLY MARKS THE START OF SUMMER. With the
longer days and more sunshine, this is the time of year when there is no
better time to enjoy the outdoors.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, opportunities abound when it comes to
the many outdoor activities—most of which are right at our fingertips.
Whether it’s a round of golf at your favorite golf course or getting out on
the water for a day of boating, now is the time to make it happen.
June 20 is that one day a year set aside to honor and celebrate our
fathers, and those men in our lives who have been our unwavering
“Father” isn’t just a name or a title, but a role; a figurehead of the family.
He is a man who is not just present but engaged in the life of his wife
and children. Even more so now than ever, we need men to step up and
be leaders in the home. It is his duty to pass on values and lessons to
his children, while helping relieve the everyday pressures most modernday
women and mothers are faced with. Now is not the time to take a
backseat. Men are severely needed, and it is imperative that their voices
be heard and that they make every effort in making a difference in the
lives of the people who look up to them—especially their children.
There is a lot of pressure put on families these days to be successful;
to give back to their church and community; to juggle the pressures
of work (many working more than “full time” just to make ends meet)
while managing sports activities and social engagements; to raise
independent, strong, kind children; to have life all figured out and being,
or at least appearing, “put together.” It is nearly impossible, yet, every
day, men are rising up to one of the greatest challenges and lifelong
commitments, though most rewarding—that of fatherhood.
Thank you to those men who sacrifice for the betterment of their
families, selflessly committed to raising the next generation of men
and women, whose hands our future lies. This Father’s Day, reflect on
the meaning of this day while celebrating those strong, hard-working,
determined, loving men who are always ready and willing to take the
wheel and help lead us to a brighter future.
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THE TANGLEWOOD ISLAND
Q&A WITH TZIARRA KING:
WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
CLUB OL REIGN
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Come on Baby Light My Fire: Ways to warm up
Get Ready to Golf: Summer brings out players of
all skill levels
Q&A with Tziarra King: Forward, National Women’s
Soccer League Club OL Reign
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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The Tanglewood Island Lighthouse Project:
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sneak peek into June ...
ISSUE NO. 30
The Tanglewood Island
Notorious Nuptials: Wedding bells ring out
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LEAGUE CLUB OL REIGN
About The Cover
TZIARRA “ZEE” KING HAS BEEN A FORCE ON THE SOCCER
FIELD, excelling since high school. She was traded to OL
Reign January of this year, joining the powerhouse team, and
is excited for what the future holds. Find out more about this
incredible athlete in this month’s Q&A on page 28.
Cover photo by Samantha Elise Tillman.
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Come on Baby Light My Fire
WAYS TO WARM UP THE OUTDOORS
BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN
he Pacific Northwest has an abundance of nature at our fingertips. We love to be outdoors and enjoy the water, mountains, and
singsong of birds.
However, when the sun goes down, temperatures drop—and it gets chilly. There are a number of options for outdoor heat that can
help us warm our souls both inside and out.
Gas lanterns were a staple in New Orleans and the South, and have now made an entrance on the West Coast. These charming fixtures
are beautiful on a front porch or back deck, as they have a living fire inside of them and add warm light to any space. You will need to
plan ahead when installing them, as they require a gas line to be installed inside of your walls.
Built-In or Free-Standing Outdoor Fireplaces
You can buy a cinder block kit to build the fireplace structure to accommodate a real wood-burning fire, or you can plumb it for gas
for an easier gas log set. Look at the shipping cost, as these blocks are concrete and are delivered on pallets that are very heavy! These
units will typically need to be faced with a ledgerstone or brick. Sometimes they are covered with plaster for a more Spanish or modern
look. MutualMaterials.com sells stone cladding.
Outdoor Gas Fireplaces
There are gas outdoor fireplace units you can purchase from a fireplace shop that can be framed in with wood, but make sure they are
protected from the rain/elements, preferably under cover, as the water will damage your pilot light. After framing, these gas prefab
units are then covered with stone surround to emulate the fireplaces we see inside a house, adorned with glass doors or a glass panel.
Stone Fire Pits
Stone fire pits are the easiest way to roast a marshmallow or burn wood in open air. Kits can be purchased at Morrison Gravel with a
metal ring inside in various sizes. Make sure to measure your space first so that there is enough room to walk around the fire pit while
also being able to accommodate a few Adirondack chairs.
Pre-Made Metal or Stone Chiminea-Type Wood-Burning Units
There are various options available online for small metal wood-burning free-standing units. I have found that the front opening of
the unit needs to be fairly small, or you will get a horrible back draft of smoke spewing at your face. The best units have small front
openings to end the smoke up through the flue and out of the way.
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Propane heaters are a terrific way to heat up a space. There are tall
units that sit on the ground (with wheels for ease of mobility), or if you
have a covered porch, installing ceiling heating units are very effective.
These are typically hung between 6- to 8-feet apart and have a metal
shield on top that deflects the heat downward toward your seating area.
They can be hard wired in on a thermostat, which allows you to have
more control over your heat than a free-standing unit that can easily be
blown out by strong wind.
Fire Pit Tables
These can come with a built-in space for a propane tank under the table,
or a hose that leads to a gas hookup on your house. Fire pit tables are a
quick and easy way to add fire to a dinner party.
You can enjoy the outdoors long into the cool evenings with a little fire.
It’s up to you to decide which works best for your space and lifestyle.
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Summer brings out players
of all skill levels
By Colin Anderson
It’s the great unconquerable game that we both
love and despise. A slight twist in the hips,
movement of the head or proximity to the ball
and your shot might be heading for the woods,
the drink, or the beach. Still, when you line
everything up just right, strike the ball cleanly and
smash a perfect drive down the fairway, or watch
your approach shot land softly just feet from the
pin, there really is no feeling like a great golf shot.
Whether you’re a weekend duffer, retiree playing
with friends, scratch player, or just getting started
with the game, every round of golf is a challenge.
With the most stable weather of the year, summer is
when the courses see, by far, the most visitors. The
weekend warriors come out of hibernation, typically
cruising in a power cart and taking down several
nerve-calming beverages throughout their round.
The final tally isn’t always what’s important to these
golfers, rather the camaraderie amongst friends
after a long week of work, coupled with enjoying a
great Northwest day outdoors having fun instead of
tackling yard work.
Still, others seek the serenity of a quiet round just
after sunrise. In the calm of the early morning, the
crack of a tee shot seems to linger longer, and getting
in a quick 9 before most have even started their day
gives a great sense of pride to early risers.
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It’s a wonderful time of year to be
outside, and for many, 18 holes is the
best way to spend it.
No matter your skill set and the experience you hope to achieve,
you are very likely sitting just a short drive from a course that can
provide what you are looking for. If it has been some time since
you last swung a club or if you are new to the game, there are a few
things on the to-do list that will help ‘get you in the swing of things’
for prime summer rounds.
Anyone who has kept an eye on the PGA Tour over the past 20
years has seen a pretty dramatic shift in player appearance. Gone
are most of the rail skinny and overly husky players, and most pro
players today take their fitness seriously. Even if making a tour isn’t
your ultimate goal, treating golf like an athletic event will almost
certainly help improve your game. While it’s tempting to pull up
to the course, practice a few puts then head to the #1 tee box and
swing full speed, a proper warmup is key to setting yourself up for
Stretch out your entire body. Roll your neck and shoulders, and
take time to stretch hip flexors, quads and calves. If you have time
to hit the driving range before your round, remember to start with
wedges and low irons, work your way up to the middle irons, and
take just a few shots with the woods and driver.
Between rounds, a day or two of yoga or stretching sessions is
immensely beneficial for flexibility. Simple bodyweight movements
like push-ups, crunches, squats and lunges will help balance all
the muscles utilized in your golf swing. For those who want to get
serious, there are many personal trainers out there who can design
a routine specific to golfers.
Once you are on the course, know your skill level and choose the
proper tee box. If you aren’t a low handicap, don’t hit from the
Championship tee box. While you don’t want to feel rushed, pace
of play is important to everyone having fun. If your ball goes out of
bounds, spend just a minute or two searching for it and, if it can’t be
found quickly, take a drop and move on. If the group behind you is
moving quicker, stop at the next tee box and let them play through.
Finally, don’t be afraid to take advice from an expert. Sometimes
the smallest of adjustments can make a world of difference. Trained
PGA professionals at almost every course can recognize flaws in
your swing, which, when corrected, will help you hit straighter,
longer, and lower your score.
It’s a wonderful time of year to be outside, and for many, 18 holes
is the best way to spend it. Remember to be conscious of those
around you, and also relax and enjoy the game. You’re there to have
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wonderfully manicured 18-hole championship course that has been a fixture
in Tacoma for 100 years. There are five different tee boxes available, as well as
the Williams 9-hole course in which only three of the holes are longer than 200
yards; a perfect place for new and intermediate golfers. William’s also hosts
footgolf, where players strike a soccer ball with their feet and aim to get it in a
slightly larger cup. Finally, Meadow Park is equipped with a heated and LEDlit
driving range bay, as well as several that have Toptracer technology—the
same ball tracers you see in TV broadcasts. You can compete against friends,
relax on couches and order food and drinks to these bays.
The home of the 2015 US-Open is a bucket-list course for golfers across the
country. Links-style courses feature rolling terrain, a natural open layout
with few trees, and a rough area of natural grasses. You’ll get all this plus
amazing seaside views of the Puget Sound throughout your round. It is truly
rare to find a public course that so beautifully mimics the links found in
Scotland, the birthplace of the game. Tee times are available up to 90 days
out and vary greatly based upon season, time and day of the week. There are
discounted rates for locals as well.
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The Tanglewood Island
RESTORATION NEARING COMPLETION
BY DAVID HAGLUND
The current residents of Tanglewood Island are
busy—as so many have been during the shutdown
of the past year—with their own gardens and
home improvement projects. But they have also
aroused their neighbors’ interest and attention to a labor
of love they commenced last fall—their renovation of the
iconic Lighthouse that rises 40 feet above the tidal beach
on the north end of the island.
There are now four families who make their home on
Tanglewood. The island has been privately owned since
the end of the 19th century, when a mortician from the
Tacoma area bought it as a vacation retreat. Four decades
later, a Tacoma physician, partly out of concern about
“juvenile delinquency,” bought the island and created his
Camp Ta-Ha-Do-Wa For Boys. After another 40 years or
so, around 1980, four families with ties to the Puget Sound,
then living in Southern California, decided to come back
here to live—and they bought the island together. (And
one of those four families still resides on Tanglewood.)
The history of the Lighthouse begins with the construction
of Camp Ta-Ha-Do-Wa. Its facilities were built mid-20th
century over a period of years until the island resembled
a rustic resort, with cabins, maintenance buildings, a
ball diamond, swimming pool and that amazing Lodge,
the walls of which rested directly on the seawall. The
Lighthouse was built to stand out in the water at flood
tide and near water’s edge at the ebb, and was connected
to the Lodge by two bridges at the first- and second-story
level. The masonry of the Lighthouse is in remarkably
good shape today, presumably because it was built by
professional bricklayers who were available at the time
because of a masons strike in Tacoma.
The Lodge and Lighthouse are fixtures in many locals’
memories because, in their youth, they attended proms,
graduations or recreational events held there. Some
remember the skating on the Lodge’s open second floor—
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open because the enormous roof trusses obviated the need for pillars.
Some remember the heated salt-water swimming pool just inside the
seawall, which was an early “infinity pool” when the tide was high. And
others—usually older men—can’t help but smile as they recall the time
they smuggled illicit contraband (often packaged in bundles of six) onto
the island the day before a chaperoned high school dance.
Sadly, the beautiful Lodge was built with two fatal flaws: The foundation
for its exterior walls was subject to undermining by the action of the
tides on the outside of the seawall upon which it rested, and the floor of
the Lodge had been built on fill dirt, the elevation of which was about
18 inches too low. The extreme tides of almost every winter flooded the
Lodge’s first floor, and when that water drained out, it undermined the
foundation of the seawall from the inside. In spite of efforts to shore it
up, the seawall on the northwest side settled, cracked and splayed open
several years ago, which
threatened the integrity
of the two-story structure
over the breach. That,
combined with other
“causes incident to age,”
led the county to prohibit
any further public use of
The Lighthouse also had
become rundown over
the years, inside and out.
But because the structure
itself was sound, the
families of Tanglewood,
led by the one with
the longest residence,
AND MAIN TO GET
THE WORK DONE.
decided last year to clean it up and, eventually, to restore it—to dry it
in first and then, over a long-enough period to budget for the work, to
renovate the interior. The work of paint prep and drying in, replacing the
top deck and cupola and the 12 broken windows, is what began in the
latter half of 2020.
Another of the island residents—a civil engineer by profession—had
been interested in restoring the Lighthouse ever since the Lodge was
condemned, but he passed away a few years ago. So, in tribute to his
departed friend, one of his fellow engineers is now supervising the work
(and doing much of it, rather like a player/coach). And as they can, the
island residents are contributing their own means, might and main to
get the work done. The walls have been cleaned inside and out, and the
exterior, painted white long ago, is now free of decades-worth of moss
and lichen overgrowth, and appears almost dazzling on the sunny days
now becoming more frequent in our spring prelude to summer.
When temperatures turn reliably warmer, the repainting can begin
and, when that is done, the new windows will be installed. The 12
replacement window frames are replicas of the arched originals which
pivot at the center (as opposed to being hinged on one side or other)
and are built out of “period” wood that was milled by the islanders into
planks from 150-year-old cedar logs, and then sawn, planed, sanded and
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put together by the supervising engineer who, in addition
to his day-job construction skills using steel and concrete, is
also an accomplished woodworker.
The motivations for this restoration, naturally, are somewhat
varied, and you’ll get a different answer from each person
contributing to the work as to what they most enjoy about
it. But whether it’s the contribution of handyman skills, the
covering of the cost of materials, the time taken to discuss
and refine the finish details or the pleasure of cleaning off
years’ worth of green, gray and black accretions and seeing
the surface shine again, all the Tanglewood residents agree
that there’s a deep feeling of satisfaction in preserving an icon
that is, literally, a beacon in this part of the Puget Sound—a
beacon seen not only from kayaks, paddle boards and boats
plying the water of Hale Passage but also from cars crossing
the Fox Island bridge or driving the shoreline on Cromwell
Drive, and even from planes flying to and from the nearby
Tacoma Narrows airfield. And the encouraging comments
posted recently on social media expressing excitement about
the renovation give the Tanglewood families the warm glow
of feeling that the love they are putting into this project is
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Tziarra “Zee” King is a professional soccer player
who plays forward for the OL Reign. She grew up in
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older brothers who are former collegiate soccer players. She
was a scholar athlete in high school, earning school Honor Roll
all four years, and a member of the National Honor Society.
Zee excelled in soccer at the high school level and set a record
at Winslow High School as the all-time leading scorer (both
girls and boys) with 105 career goals and 36 assists. In her
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and 14 assists, an impressive feat. She was twice selected for
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Zee attended North Carolina State University, where she
excelled at both academics and soccer. Head coach Tim
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gifted technically and is off the charts athletically. She’s a very
competitive and driven person who will add a lot to the team
makeup. Her dribbling, vision and passing, as well as ability to
score goals from the midfield, will inject a lot into our attack.”
That drive led Zee to play in 88 games during her college career.
She racked up numerous awards including Scholar-Athlete of
the Year—the first Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer
player awarded this honor.
Her professional career began in 2020, where she was the
eighth overall pick in the National Women’s Soccer League
draft selected by the Utah Royals. She played in both the
Challenge Cup and the Fall Series her rookie year for a total of
406 minutes and earning two goals. Zee began her career with
the OL Reign when she was traded in January 2021. She played
in all four matches of the 2021 Challenge Cup, starting in two
and scoring one goal and one assist. Her future with the OL
Reign looks bright.
Q. Your brothers both played soccer.
What was it like growing up in a soccer
A. Growing up with two soccer-playing
older brothers, Ritchie and Riquan, was
competitive and hectic. I remember we
used to have so much fun making up our
own little games and playing in the living
room. We may or may not have broken a
few windows in the process. They pushed
me to be better and work harder. I always
told them I was going to be better than
them. They’ve finally come to terms with
that statement. I play for them every single
day. They’ve had such an influence on my
life and my soccer career. I just want them
to be proud of the player and woman I’ve
Q. As a professional athlete you have
an opportunity to use your platform for
good. What are the causes or nonprofits
that are dear to your heart?
A. I knew that if I ever got the opportunity
to have a platform, I would be authentic to
who I am and the things I care about. I’m
so fortunate to be in the position that I’m
in, and because of that, it’s so important
for me to use this platform for positive
change. I’m all for anything that benefits
the greater good of society. I really feel like
we can all thrive and succeed without the
need for a group of the population to suffer
or be oppressed. I’m particularly passionate
about racial equality, gender equality, and
LGBTQ+ rights, just to name a few.
Q. Moving to the Pacific Northwest can
be quite an adjustment. What do you like
about your new home?
A. Honestly, I was worried that it was going
to be a harsh transition for me. The sun is
my best friend, so the thought of rain all the
time made me nervous. Thankfully, it really
has been a smooth transition. I absolutely
love it here. The weather has been nicer than
I anticipated, and I’ve heard the summers are
even better. I think my favorite part is how
naturally scenic and beautiful the area is. I’m
truly so happy and thankful to be here.
Q. The OL Reign has an illustrious roster
of great soccer players. Are there any that
you looked up to as a role model growing
A. We have an absolute bomb squad. My
teammates are fantastic players, but even
better people. I cannot emphasize that
enough. Coming into a new environment is
scary, but I genuinely could not have been
more fortunate than to be welcomed by this
group. To be completely honest, I wasn’t very
well-versed on soccer players when I was
growing up. I think as I got older, I of course
looked up to Megan Rapinoe, as so many
people do. She’s like a real-life superhero
on and off the field. But I will say, all the
veterans on our team are so knowledgeable,
experienced and talented. I may not have
known about them as much as I should have
growing up, but I’ll tell you right now: I want
to be like every single one of them when I
grow up. True role models and great humans.
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If you google Thailand, you learn this beautiful Southeast Asian
country is known for wonderful beaches and resorts. But if you
dig a little deeper, you will find it is also known for its people
and culture, delicious food, exciting martial arts, beautiful
Buddhist temples and respect above all else. The Second Annual Asia
Pacific Cultural Center Sawasdee Thailand Week, May 31 to June 5,
will showcase Thai culture with a fantastic lineup including a visit to
a gorgeous local temple, Thai dishes, a martial arts demonstration
and a glimpse into Thai music.
The Sawasdee Festival (pronounced “sah-wat-dee”) is named for the
traditional Thai greeting or hello. The event will kick off with a virtual
visit to the Wat Buddhangkura Thai Buddhist Temple in Olympia
on Sunday, May 30, at 11am. Presented on APCC’s Facebook Live,
the visit will give viewers a glimpse into the heart of the local Thai
community, where they worship and bond with each other.
“When Thai people are missing home, they turn to their temple
as the community center for healing,” said Arisa Williams, a local
Thai leader and staff member of Asia Pacific Cultural Center. “The
Buddhist Monks provide us with comfort as we gather strength from
each other when worshipping at the temples,” she added.
If you would like to visit a local Thai temple, including the one
APCC visited on May 30, two can be found locally in Olympia and
Auburn. Wat Washington Buddhavanaram is at 4401 South 360th
Street in Auburn, and Wat Buddhangkura is at 932 Mett Street NE
Sawasdee continues Tuesday, June 1, with an exciting Muay Thai, or
Thai Boxing demonstration, from Master Saohin Srisuk of Sri Suk
Muay Thai boxing school in Tacoma. APCC’s Facebook Live will
broadcast the event at 11am. Muay Thai is often referred to as the art
of eight limbs because the martial art uses all body parts in defense
of the fighter including fists, elbows, knees and feet. What started out
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as Siamese soldiers learning to use all body parts to improve their chances in battle, Muay Thai focuses on
stand-up striking and clinching techniques.
The week’s events then transition to music and food. Viewers of APCC’s Facebook Live page on Wednesday,
June 2, will learn about a Northern Thai musical instrument called Sueng from the producer of Northern
Musical Folk Instrument and musician Meechai Somyadee, and Pimana Thichalad, founder of Siam Smile
Thai Classical & Folk Dance Group. Then on Thursday, June 3, APCC takes the show on the road again
to visit the My Thai Food Truck in Olympia, where owner Teddy Chaiha creates Thai Fusion food like
yummy Thai grilled chicken sliders.
Variya Tosti, a native from Ban Dan Kwian Village where Thai Clay was first discovered and created, will
present Thai Clay Arts on Friday, June 4. This air-dry clay is used to make flowers, dolls and other items,
but for this demonstration, viewers will learn to make a welcome sign from Tosti’s clay art studio.
Thailand week will wrap up in a delicious way with a traditional Thai dish made lovingly by Arisa “Moon”
Williams and served in APCC’s parking lot starting at 11am on Saturday, June 5. Moon, who learned
to cook at her mother’s side from her restaurant in Thailand, will be making Chicken Red Curry with
steamed rice. The first 100 people will pick up a free, mouthwatering meal via drive-through.
All events can be watched live through APCC’s Facebook Live page at 11am daily. Fun door prizes will be
awarded throughout the week of presentations to viewers who correctly answer questions and trivia in the
To watch videos of any of the events described above, please visit the APCC Facebook Page at
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SCARLET RF MICRONEEDLING
Your skin-tightening solution
BY SERINA JONES, LME, OWNER OF GIG HARBOR AESTHETICS
Scarlet RF Microneedling is a brand-new, highly
innovative treatment that combines the power of
microneedling with short-pulse radiofrequency energy
to deliver noticeable results. This non-invasive treatment is
designed to trigger the body’s skin-tightening effects by delivering
radiofrequency energy to the subdermal tissue.
In other words, if you have sagging skin on your face, neck or body,
Scarlet RF Microneedling can tighten and firm up your dermal
tissue, leading to a younger and more contoured appearance.
How does Scarlet RF Microneedling work?
Scarlet RF Microneedling delivers short pulses of radiofrequency
energy to the subdermal tissue via tiny channels created by the tech’s
microneedling effects. This triggers two responses: 1. The body
immediately triggers its wound-healing processes, which means
collagen and elastin levels are elevated; and 2. The radiofrequency
heat causes subdermal tissue to contract and tighten, leading to
almost-immediate results. The Scarlet RF Microneedling treatment
can be used on multiple areas, including the scalp, for an effect that’s
similar to getting facelift surgery.
Stimulating collagen production
The combination of precise depth and the fractional radiofrequency
energy serve a very important role in helping patients achieve
incredible results. Simply put, the treatment helps stimulate collagen
and elastin production. As you may know, collagen production
slows as we age. Thus, as time passes, the skin increases in laxity
and loses that suppleness that is often associated with youth. Scarlet
RF helps restore that elastin and collagen thereby firming and
tightening the skin.
Am I a good candidate for Scarlet RF Microneedling?
Unlike many laser procedures, Scarlet RF can be used on all skin
types. The treatment will address the following concerns:
• Fine lines and facial wrinkles
• Skin laxity
• Acne scarring
• Surgical scars
• Enlarged pores
• Irregular skin texture and tone
• Body laxity (stomach, inner arms, thighs, knees)
• Stretch marks
What is the procedure like?
The procedure takes about 20 to 40 minutes to perform (if you’re
getting the treatment on your body, the procedure will take longer,
depending on the area you wish to target). You will numb prior
to the treatment for 30 minutes in a relaxing room. Most patients
experience minimal discomfort during their treatment.
What results can I expect?
Results include tighter and toned skin with improved texture
and laxity. They can be seen almost right away, with continuous
improvement over the next two to three months. Most patients
comment on how smooth their texture becomes and how they
notice more contour around their jaw line, eyes, mouth and neck.
Is there any downtime?
There’s no downtime associated with Scarlet RF Microneedling,
so you can continue with your normal routine. However, we do
recommend that patients incorporate sunscreen into their daily
post-treatment skin-care routine, as skin will be sensitive to the sun’s
UV rays. You will be given a post-treatment skin-care box to use the
week following your treatment.
Scarlet RF is known as “the non-surgical facelift.” This treatment is
taking skin rejuvenation by storm! It’s FDA cleared, has minimal
downtime and is safe for all skin types. Through the use of noninvasive
technologies such as the Scarlet, we can stimulate the body
to produce its own collagen and elastin, which in turn lifts and
tightens the skin.
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IT’S TIME TO DETOX YOUR BODY
Springtime and early summer are the perfect time
BY MISSI BALISON
Our bodies have natural detoxification pathways, but with
the increased toxic exposure we face in today’s world
(pesticides on our food, perfumes and chemicals in our
beauty products, social media exposure adding pressure, busy and
stressful lives), those pathways can become overburdened.
Having these detoxification pathways running smoothly is key to
Ever wonder why you are sluggish, or depressed, or anxious, or
have skin issues? Toxins, even seemingly low levels of toxins, can
really impair our ability to function at our best.
Here is a list of just some of the many benefits you may notice from
supporting your detox pathways:
Boost energy levels. The sluggish feeling we get during the day
can be the result of excess toxins in the body. Removing excess
toxins can help to increase energy levels and keep you going strong
throughout the day.
Support digestion and weight management. Detoxification can also
help with long-term weight management by removing the toxins
that are currently interfering with proper metabolic function and
helping to set you up with healthy habits.
Reduce inflammation. Diet is an important aspect of detox. By
supporting your digestive system through eating a diet of whole
foods packed full of the nutrients your body needs, you will help to
reduce inflammation that contributes to a host of problems. Sore
Promote healthy skin. Diet and environmental toxins undeniably
affect skin. By supporting the body in the removal of free radicals,
heavy metals and other toxins, you will help to improve the
appearance of your skin.
Strengthen your immune system. After your detoxification, your
body will have better digestive and lymphatic function. Both of
these are key to a strong and balanced immune system.
Improve your mood. Toxins and free radicals that accumulate in the
body can also affect brain function. By removing the accumulations
interfering with your mental and emotional state, you will open
yourself up to better sleep, clear thought and positive energy.
Boost your metabolism. Your liver is largely related to the smooth
running of your metabolism. If your liver is working hard to rid
the body of all of the toxins it is exposed to on a daily basis (and it
is!), it cannot function at its highest level to keep your metabolism
As spring comes to an end, prepare yourself for a healthy summer
with a detox plan that works best for you and your lifestyle. Your
body, and mind, will thank you.
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Life-inspired art that speaks
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
am compelled. I am driven. I must create!”
The internationally known, award-winning fine artist, Torenzo Gann is bringing his
passion for art a bit closer to home for those of us in Pierce County.
“While painting Galloping Gertie was a phenomenal experience, so was my extensive research!”
shares the artist. “It was so interesting to learn about its history; how Galloping Gertie earned its
place in history.”
The original painting was commissioned by a Fox Island resident (and close friend of a family
member), who was born in Tacoma and an enthusiast of Galloping Gertie’s history. The project
took Torenzo nearly six months to complete.
This powerful, unique work is now available as an exquisite reproduction. Each giclée is uniquely
different as a result of Torenzo’s personal, individual color enhancement on each canvas. His
rendition of the Galloping Gertie - The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse - Limited Edition Giclée
Prints are available now. With just 10 prints offered, at a price of $2,500 each, each print is 27x30
and canvas wrapped on 1 ½-inch stretcher bars, eliminating the need for framing.
There is free shipping on this limited-edition canvas, and Torenzo will be donating 25 percent of
sales to the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services, or another local
charitable organization of the purchaser’s choice.
Creation (60”x40”), © 2021
Torenzo first discovered the Pacific Northwest three years ago while visiting family members in
the area. After a non-stop flight from Palm Beach International and arriving in Seattle at 10pm, the
following morning he awakened in the beautiful community of Snoqualmie. “When touring the
spectacular countryside, the words ‘majestic beauty’ played over and over in my mind,” he recalls.
“The scenery was amazing! The views were stunning.”
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He would return the following year to deliver his
painting, Galloping Gertie, to its new home. “That’s
when I first experienced the quaint yet extraordinary
Fox Island and Gig Harbor communities,” Torenzo
smiles. “I recall thinking, ‘What a fabulous location
to retreat to and spend a month painting.’”
Torenzo majored in illustration at Kendall College
of Art and Design. After successfully completing
his first year back in 1968, he would leave Kendall
to self-educate in the areas of painting, photography
Neckotiemus - Patron Saint of Neckties (20”x16”), © 2021
During the next two decades, he found himself
immersed in creating art, winning awards and
becoming a nationally known artist, all while
battling addiction. Torenzo would abandon his
love of creating art to confront the crisis of his
alcoholism. “As a result of receiving treatment and
getting sober, I pursued the treatment field and
became a certified counselor so that I could help
others who have struggled with alcoholism and
other drug addiction,” he shares.
Twenty years later, in 2015, Torenzo would return
to his life’s original passion and work—creating
works of art.
“I feel a deep responsibility and calling to create
works of art that reveal and contemplate the beauty
in the everyday objects we all find around us in this
amazing universe created by God,” says Torenzo.
This became a rebirth in his career, and since his
return to crafting his unique masterpieces, the
artist has exhibited—and continues to exhibit—
in numerous national and international shows;
his most recent an opening at the Palm Beach
Showroom in Lake Worth, Florida.
Offering contemporary realism, abstract
expressionism in oil, acrylic, sculpture, and the
work of social relevance, Torenzo invites you to
shop his gallery and commissioned art pieces,
which can be found online at TorenzoArt.com.
With an unrestrained passion and unending quest
for seeing and creating art, Torenzo readily awaits
to see what’s next.
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WEDDING BELLS RING OUT STORIES OF EMPTY CAMERAS, BROKEN
ZIPPERS AND A DRUNKEN ROAD TRIP TO MEXICO
BY DAN AZNOFF
Author’s note: The following collection of anecdotes are excerpts from an upcoming book
tentatively titled “Notorious Nuptials.” Each of the stories have been sourced with members of the
wedding party. Be advised: Some of these wedding stories date back more than 50 years.
Weddings are the source of memories that can
last a lifetime.
Every marriage ceremony is unique in the collective
reminiscences of the people who were involved. They
generate emotions ranging from the father of the bride,
who reluctantly gives away his little girl, to the maid of
honor, who stands aside as she loses her best friend to a
man that she has slowly come to accept as part of her own
Emily Norgaard of Mukilteo, Washington, can still
remember the words of caution that her father uttered
when the two most important men in her life faced off in
the aisle during her own wedding procession.
“My father horrified by my soon-to-be-husband when
he warned him that he was giving the bride away,” she
remembered. “He (my father) made it clear that his store
did not offer an exchange or return policy.”
If the shoe fits
The ring bearer forced Delores Dobson of Anaheim,
California, to delay her ceremony while the mother of the
6-year-old boy rushed out on a Sunday morning to buy
her son dress shoes that actually fit his young feet.
“How does a 6-year-old who wears a child’s shoe fit into a
size 13 men’s shoe?” the bride asked rhetorically. His mom
had to buy a new pair.
“That was not a simple task on a Sunday morning,”
explained Delores. “Our wedding was 45 minutes late.”
Young people were responsible for the mess at the
reception for Carlotte and Rob Larson at the home of the
bride’s parents. They agreed the mishap was the result of a
critical error in judgement.
“All the tables were taken up with food, drinks and gifts,”
The bride explained that lack of table space eventually
forced the punch bowl to be moved to a low coffee table in
the living room, just out of sight of the adults in the room.
“So, it was not a surprise when the small children washed
their hands in the punch bowl,” she remembered.
Her new husband was more understanding.
“It was all okay. It was something we all should have
expected,” Rob said with a heavy sigh.
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No Rx for dumb
As a medical professional, Dr. Larry Johnson thought
he had anticipated “every possibility that could go
wrong” prior to his “very expensive” wedding at the
posh Beverly Hills Hotel in 1968.
Larry wanted every aspect of his wedding day to be
perfect. That included contracting with a professional
photographer to document intimate moments
during the ceremony and at the lavish reception.
But the doctor was ready to seek legal help when he
realized the so-called professional had forgotten to
load film into his camera. The good doctor wanted to
file legal action against the vendor.
“I wanted to sue,” Johnson said after some reflection.
“But my ‘brilliant’ father-in-law said not to sue.
“He was wrong!”
Lost in translation
The third time was supposed to be the charm for
Amber Palms, California, resident Joe Morris when
he flew his fiancé and the entire wedding party to
Acapulco for a romantic seaside ceremony in April
The destination wedding seemed to be “muy bueno”
until it came time for the bride and groom to
exchange vows. That was when Morris looked down
at the words he was expected to recite.
“My wedding vows were all written in Spanish,”
he remembered with a sinister laugh. “I could not
understand a word of what I was supposed to say.”
A quick visit south of the border was also part of the
wedding story provided by Tom Margitan, who also
resides in Arbor Palms. An impromptu road trip
became part of the wedding plan when Tom realized
his bride needed to visit Mexico together with her
soon-to-be-ex-husband for a quickie divorce.
According to Tom, the husband agreed on the
condition they could stop for “a drink” along the way.
“My wedding vows
were all written in
Spanish. I could not
understand a word of
what I was supposed
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According to Tom, “a drink” to his wife’s former
spouse really meant a stop at every cantina and
watering hole along the highway. The threesome
eventually made their way to Mexico and back across
the border into Nevada, where Tom was legally able
to marry his bride in Las Vegas.
Don’t mess with Mother Nature
The unpredictable weather in Seattle sent a spiritual
message to the bride and groom during the wedding
of Joel and Sharon Hoerner.
Their wedding day began on an ominous note
when the flowers for the ceremony were mistakenly
delivered to the wrong church, which caused the
ceremony to be delayed for more than an hour. As
a result, Sharon’s sister Carlotte and Joel’s sister Beth
were prepared to walk up the aisle empty-handed.
As it turned out, the missing flowers were a lucky
twist that gave the attendants a free hand because
the formal dresses that had been ordered were all too
“The bridesmaids each walked up the aisle with one
hand holding their bouquet and the other holding
up their dresses,” Sharon remembered in vivid detail.
“The bridesmaids were hunched over during the
procession and then up four steps.”
That was when Mother Nature decided to get involved
in the April wedding by pelting the chapel with sheets
of rain, sleet and hail.
“At one point the hail hitting the roof was so loud we
could barely hear each other reading our vows,” Joel
The weather, however, did not take away from their
“The sun eventually broke through, and we had
bright sunshine all within the time of the wedding,”
Sharon said with a smile.
Ever the romantic, Joel accepted the changes to the
weather as a blessing.
“God was sending us a message that our marriage
could survive any storm.”
Looking back at his wedding day, Joel admitted
that staging a wedding in Seattle during April was
probably not the best plan.
The author of this article was a reporter in Los
Angeles when he contracted with an award-winning
newspaper photographer to document his own
wedding in Newport Beach, California. The problem
was the photographer had never “covered” a wedding
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efore. The result was that the so-called professional documented the wedding like a news event, which meant every photo
included the bride and groom.
“You would have thought we were the only people in attendance,” said Dan, able to laugh about the blunder 41 years after the fact.
After living together for eight years, Greg Elwin and his fiancé Stephanie decided that if they ever did get married, they would
exchange vows with their toes in warm tropical sand. However, the former police chief made the practical decision to save his
money for the honeymoon by inviting their closest friends and relatives to a clambake at Sunset Beach near the Hood on the Puget
With their toes buried in some of the 200 pounds of pure white sand imported for the occasion, the happy couple were married by
a close friend who had received his ordination over the internet. Stephanie’s daughter, Ashley, served as the official photographer
as part of her junior high school class assignment.
Note: Greg and Stephanie saved scoops of the white sand and have it spread near their hot tub to preserve the memories.
Missed it by that much
Melinda Cavalleto of Old Town Mukilteo can still recall glancing over her shoulder during her ceremony long enough to see her
brother and father with their arms outstretched prepared to catch her maid of honor as she swayed back and forth. The officiant,
she remembered, had apparently not recovered from drinking too much at the rehearsal dinner the night before.
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“MARY SMITH CAN STILL LAUGH
WHEN SHE RECOUNTS THE SERIES
OF BLUNDERS THAT TOOK PLACE.
“She ran up the middle aisle of the church and threw up just as
she was running out of the church,” Melinda remembered, before
adding, “And yes, she is still my best friend.”
Double-crossed by the old double switch
Mary Smith can still laugh when she recounts the series of
blunders that took place with the keys to her car following her
wedding to her beloved Richard at the Atwater Baptist Church in
Los Angeles in 1958.
“When we were ready to leave, my husband’s friend had his car.
That is when my husband remembered that he had the keys to
his friend’s car that was parked in front of the church,” she said
with a huge smile. “The best man was left holding a second set
of car keys as he watched the newlyweds jump into his car and
Mary went on to explain what the best man did not know was
that some pranksters from the wedding party had already fiddled
with the car that was normally driven by the bride and groom.
“When his friend jumped into our car, it would not start because
another friend had disconnected the necessary wires.”
Measure twice, zip once
After refusing to be measured for his tuxedo, retired teacher
Julius Aznoff was not surprised when the tuxedo pants reserved
for his father-in-law were too narrow in the waist to fasten when
he arrived on the day of his daughter’s wedding at the elegant
Huntington-Sheraton Hotel south of Pasadena in 1976.
When the father-of-the bride threatened to not walk his daughter
down the aisle, the groom was ready with his response.
“The hell you’re not,” Julius snapped. “Pull them up, button your
coat and get out there.”
The stunned father turned to one of the groomsmen to confide
that he could not pull up his zipper. With a smile, he was
reminded that his daughter’s wedding was not an appropriate
time to brag about the size of his anatomy.
What could have been an emotional disaster for a young bride
in Harbour Pointe, Washington, developed into a picture-perfect
wedding day that created memories she will cherish for a lifetime.
Stephannie Stumpf admitted to being a “photo fanatic” who
wanted to document every moment of her wedding day 24 years
ago. The image she envisioned suddenly went out of focus two
days prior to the wedding when the groom’s father suffered a
heart attack that left him in the hospital when the couple were
scheduled to exchange their vows.
To guarantee a picture-perfect day, Stephannie got on the phone
with the hospital and received special permission to take her
wedding photos at the hospital with the entire wedding party,
including her father-in-law dressed in his tuxedo.
“So, our wedding party and the photographer drove to the
hospital before our wedding to take the formal photos,” she
remembered lovingly. “I will forever be grateful that we had that
Everybody has a wedding story, and there is still time to add
your story to “Notorious Nuptials.” Please send your funny,
heartwarming or romantic contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington.
He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic
waste crisis in California and is the author of four non-fiction
books that document colorful people and periods in local history.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
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TACOMA OCEAN FEST SET FOR JUNE 6, WITH ADDITIONAL
ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE ALL MONTH LONG
By Jillian Chandler
The Tacoma Ocean Fest returns to Foss Waterway Sunday, June 6. This free one-day festival on Tacoma’s waterfront brings together arts,
sciences and water play to celebrate our ocean, tell about its threats and inspire us all to protect it.
Held 10am to 5pm, enjoy interactive art, music, dance, eco-booths, hands-on science, OceanX talks and so much more! But the fun and
education does not stop there!
Throughout the entire month of June, don’t miss the opportunity to join others in the community on the Ocean Story Trail June 3 through
30; at one of the Marine Biologist Beachwalks, taking place June 12 and 13 from 1 to 2pm at Titlow Beach; at the Ocean Film Fest, held June
16 through 18, 7 to 9pm each night, at The Grand Cinema; Stream Cleanups on June 19 and 26 from 9am to 1pm; and the Trashoctopus each
weekend during the month.
The month-long celebration kicks off June 4 with its Lantern Paddle, followed by a Beach Cleanup June 5.
This month, enjoy the various opportunities to help in celebrating, protecting and learning about our ocean. Don’t miss Tacoma Ocean Fest
2021. For additional details, visit TacomaOceanFest.org. As Monday, June 8, marks World Ocean Day, take this opportunity to give back to
protecting our waters.
Celebrate. Learn. Protect.
Please note: For the health and safety of all those in attendance, it is important to follow all of Washington state’s current COVID-19 guidelines.
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The South Sound’s favorite race returns for 2021, going virtual to help
keep the community safe and healthy. The longest-standing running
event in the state of Washington, Sound to Narrows supports healthy
children and families in the community through MultiCare’s Center
for Health Equity and Wellness. This year, participants of all ages are
encouraged to run or walk the race. Choose from the 12k or 5k, Fit
for Sound to Narrows 2k (School Program), 2k Junior Shuffle (Kids
Run) and Diaper Dash (for those 4 years and younger). Additional
information for this year’s virtual race, along with links to register,
can be found online at SoundtoNarrows.org. With a commitment to
promoting health and friendly competition, Sound to Narrows race
officials look forward to seeing racers at the start line for their 50th
anniversary in 2022.
LEMAY MOTORCYCLE DAYS
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Dad over Father’s Day weekend?
Then you won’t want to miss the LeMay Motorcycle Days, as the twowheeled
machines take over the LeMay Collections at Marymount on
Saturday, June 19, from 9am to 5pm! Admission is just $10 per person,
$5 for kids (ages 6 to 17), and free for LCM Members and children 5
and younger for a day of vintage and modern motorcycle exhibits, stunt
team performance and skill trials, field events and National American
Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (HRMA) trials. As guests are
bound to work up an appetite from all of the excitement, food trucks
will be onsite, along with a beer garden and a variety of vendors. Tickets
will be available at the gate on the day of the show. Find out more online
GRIT CITY TO GO!
Tacoma Farmers Market invites the community to participate in their
second annual Grit City to Go!, a unique dining experience utilizing
all things local from the food to the chefs—and the experience! Each
standard meal serves four people and comes with a complimentary
bouquet of market flowers. Select the “premiere” package to add
dessert and signature cocktail (or beer). Jan Parker Cookery will be
dishing up fresh and distinct Filipino food, featuring Roasted Pork
Sisig (or Grilled Mushrooms and Seasonal Vegetables for vegetarians),
Farm Fresh Greens, Seasonal Farm Vegetables, House-Made Pandesal
Rolls and more. The premiere option includes the Olive Oil Cake with
Mango and Coconut Coulis, Fresh Strawberries from the market, and
some incredible cocktails. The Standard Package is priced $200, while
the Premiere Package is $250. Purchase your meal online today at
TacomaFarmersMarket.com/grit-city-to-go. While you’re at it, check
out the upcoming Grit City to Go! dates and meals (August 14 and
* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place
as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility that event
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WASHINGTON’S CASCADE LOOP
THE ULTIMATE SUMMER ROAD TRIP, PART II
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
Part II of the Ultimate Summer Road Trip begins by heading through farmlands toward the jagged peaks of
the Cascade Mountains, where you will make your first of two crossings. Highway 2 follows the Skykomish
River in an area known as the Stevens Pass Greenway, which is a National Scenic Byway as well. This drive
passes through the charming small towns of Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish, each with its own local
flair. A must stop for coffee is the cute Espresso Chalet, which is the home of Harry, the endearing sasquatch from the
movie “Harry and the Hendersons.”
Other must stops include Wallace Falls State Park and a hike to Bridal Veil Falls. Once you are past Skykomish the road
begins to narrow and climb up to Stevens Pass with its incredible views. There are stunning overlooks and picnic areas
on the river throughout this drive, so plan to take lunch with you to enjoy some time outdoors. After crossing Stevens
Pass continue along Highway 2 through the stunning Tumwater Canyon to Leavenworth.
Leavenworth is a cute Bavarian-themed town, which will make you feel like you are in Germany or an Alpine village.
There is so much to see and do in town. Try some German food or pop into one of the many tasting rooms for local
wine or cider. With a main street closed to traffic, it is a wonderfully walkable town. Schocolat offers handcrafted
Belgian chocolates that are a luxurious taste not to be missed.
The Leavenworth Reindeer Farm is a fascinating place to learn about Caribou as well as the opportunity to feed them.
Leavenworth is also known for all of its outdoor recreation. Enjoy a tube float on the Wenatchee River or hike on more
than 800 miles of trails.
Plan to stay the night here at the Icicle Village Resort and Spa. It is close enough to walk to everything in town but away
from all the noise. The onsite restaurant JJ Hills Fresh Grill has some Bavarian favorites as well as a Northwest-themed
menu. The outdoor patio has great views of the Cascade Mountains.
Wenatchee sits at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers. Visit the downtown National Historic District
with plenty of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Pybus Public Market is located on the Columbia riverfront.
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Rent bikes at the market and cruise the 25-mile paved loop that circles the
river and crosses two bridges for a beautifully scenic ride. Head into the market
for local farm goods, artisanal foods, restaurants and shops. Select some
refreshments and either dine in or pick up a picnic to enjoy in the Wenatchee
Lake Chelan is a popular summer vacation destination for Western
Washingtonians looking for summer sun. The stunning lake is surrounded by
orchards and vineyards. In recent years, the area has become known for wine
as well. The Lake Chelan AVA is known for its unique terroir due to ice age
glaciers and the “lake effect,” which creates mild temperatures with a longer
growing season. There are more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms.
For a unique adventure take the Lady of the Lake ferry from Chelan to Stehekin.
This darling hamlet can only be reached by boat, helicopter or hiking. It makes
a perfect day trip, or you can stay overnight. There are a lot of hikes, including
the lovely Rainbow Falls. No trip here is complete without a stop at the Stehekin
Pastry Company with its wide selection of delectable treats and breakfast or
lunch offerings. They even have a cabin for rent.
Beebe Springs Nature Area
As you leave Chelan make sure to stop at the Beebe Springs Nature Area just
north of the Beebe Bridge. The park overlooks the Columbia River and has 2
miles of ADA-accessible trails that weave around the marshy area where Beebe
Creek flows into the Columbia River. The park is adorned with metal sculptures
created by artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, a member of the Lakes Band of
the Colville Confederated Tribes. Dominating the park is his 3D sculpture of
“The Chief ” on horseback with a feathered headdress hoisting aloft a Columbia
River salmon over his head. Also look for the “Root Diggers.” His work can be
found throughout the Cascade Loop.
Before turning on Highway 153 and starting the climb over the North Cascades,
stop at the little town of Pateros. There is a cute riverfront park with incredible
views. You’ll want to see the art installation by Marchand, commemorating the
Native peoples who originally lived on this land. Pateros is a good spot to gas
up and stock up on snacks.
Once you turn onto Highway 153 you will see the Cascade Mountains in the
distance. The terrain will gradually change from high desert hills to wooded
areas filled with Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The first stop is the quaint
artist community of Twisp. Over 100 artists call the Methow Valley home, and
you can see some of their work in the art galleries of Twisp. You’ll also find
live music, theater and maybe even a poetry reading on a street corner. When
you head into town you will see the campus of TwispWorks, which helps local
businesses get established. Stop at their Methow Valley Goods store and shop
over 70 artists, makers, producers and creatives.
The faux western town of Winthrop is very well done. With its wooden
boardwalks you really feel like you are in the Wild West. Spend some time
exploring the town. To add to the western experience, book a horseback ride
or go tubing on the Methow River. Downtown offers a variety of restaurants,
shops and breweries. If you want to support a hyper local, make a visit to the
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Old Schoolhouse Brewery. The beer is made using unfiltered North Cascades water and local hops. Local ranches supply lamb and beef for
their burgers, while all dressings and sauces are made in house. The patio beer garden overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy this
bounty. Before you leave town visit the Homestream Park, which also has sculptures by Marchand on an interpretive trail.
North Cascade National Park
The route takes you through Mazama before climbing into the North Cascades. The Cascade Loop Travel Guide recommends the eastern
approach to Washington Pass for its superior views. This portion of Highway 20 is known as the North Cascades Scenic Highway. It traverses
the North Cascades National Park. You will be surrounded by glaciers (there are more than 300 in the park), jagged mountain peaks
with several above 9,000 feet in elevation. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain lakes and waterfalls. Ross and Diablo look stunning, as
their turquoise-colored water stands out among the forested mountains. The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center is located near
Newhalem, where you can get information from park rangers about local conditions, trails and viewpoints. This park is one of the less visited
in the National Park System where you can enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of a Glacier National Park but without all the crowds.
Heading down from the mountains you will pass through the darling towns of Marblemount and Concrete. The terrain will now turn into
rolling hills before you begin to see the acres of farmland that span the Skagit Valley, where you will finish your trip.
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