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Fall Escapes

Fall reminds us that the natural world is made up of cycles.  Summer has done its deed and winter approaches. Around here, the transition is dramatic in some places, muted in others.  Leaves become like flowers.  Their summer green dissolves, revealing the hidden golds and reds. The wind picks up a bit, adding a bite, a tease, a warning.  Some …

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A Great Idea to Sharpen Your Mind

Researchers are finding that getting out in nature can sharpen your mind, reduce stress, and help you focus in work. All great reasons to schedule some vacations outside that big city you’re working in.

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Take Your Vacation Days!

American’s have a deficit, and odds are good you’re contributing to it. Around the start of the new millennium, Americans started taking fewer and fewer vacation days. Chances are you left a few lying around at the end of 2016.
So here’s an idea. Schedule them all. Do it this week!

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Beach of the Month – Driftwood Park

It had been cloudy and a bit drizzly all day, the kind of day where Pacific Northwest gray pushed through your coat and found that spot that gives you chills. Warm light was something that would need to be manufactured today. But, the end of the day would be different.

Camp Casey on Whidbey Island is a Stargazer’s Treat

The best stargazing locations are away from the city lights, where the dark sky offers millions of stars to view. Even though the weather is more predictable on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, the west side offers premier locations too. Camp Casey on Whidbey Island is one such premier location.

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Welcome to the Real Walton Island

In the movie “Lost and Found” two boys are sent for the summer to their uncle on a remote island – Walton Island.  They find adventure and a bit of danger as they hunt for a family treasure.  While Walton Island is fiction, the inspiration for that island is very real. It’s Whidbey Island.  The movie’s creator, Joseph Itaya, grew …

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Garlic and Farmers Markets

Recently picked garlic hangs to dry inside the barn at Rosehip Farm on Whidbey Island. by Jack Penland The dump truck was losing its load of garlic a little at a time. Every few seconds a knob would catch the wind and go sailing. One might hit the pavement, smashing in a small explosion. Another might leave the road and …

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Art and Artists

The Whidbey Working Artists have their summer open studio tour showing their work, their place, and where the artist and the art are one.