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Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.

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The faces of Southern Italy

SANT'ELIA, Italy - When you're standing on a cliff on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, you don't look down. You look up, mumble a prayer and you jump.

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

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Canada’s First Nations return to Vancouver

Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. She stripped a soft piece of bark from a fraying cedar trunk to demonstrate how it can be used as fiber for clothing, and detailed how to extract vitamin C from western hemlock needles by steeping them in boiling water.

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Searching for chimpanzees in the Mahale mountains

The dhow slowly makes its way south down Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains in the background. The captain keeps the boat moving extra slow, and his crew hands me sodas to combat my motion sickness. We are halfway through an adventure trip trough Tanzania — and I am focusing on the horizon to squelch the queasiness.

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East Olympia Fire District 6 says bond measure important for upgrading aging equipment

East Olympia Fire District 6 Chief Warren Peterson talks about the need for replacing one for their late 90s-era fire trucks. The district looks to an upcoming bond measure to upgrade several equipment needs.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
East Olympia Fire District 6 says bond measure important for upgrading aging equipment 1:10

East Olympia Fire District 6 says bond measure important for upgrading aging equipment

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 3:00

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Olympia Poetry Slam team preps for nationals 3:01

Olympia Poetry Slam team preps for nationals

Canoe families arrive in Washington state during Paddle to Nisqually journey 1:20

Canoe families arrive in Washington state during Paddle to Nisqually journey