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Get a start exploring life in South Sound

South Sound has its own distinct identity, which a person can only discover piece by piece. From the historic state Capitol Campus to the Hands On Children’s Museum to the wide array of parks throughout Thurston County, there are nooks and crannies worth exploring.

If you’re visiting us, you’ll find this 2009 edition of SourceBook – the most complete guide to South Sound – a useful companion almost every day. If you already live here or plan to stay now that you’ve discovered us, this guide will help you, too, in locating important services and community agencies.

SourceBook contains all the information you need to smoothly navigate Thurston County, from weather statistics to shopping districts and from details about our three colleges and universities to services at our several medical facilities.

But beware, there’s only so much room on our pages. So while we will give you a taste and point you in the right direction, you might have to do some exploring to get the whole meal.

For starters, take a walk on Percival Landing for great views of Budd Inlet and, up above, the iconic view of our state Capitol. You’ll find great restaurants and scenic marinas and, if you’re lucky, bump into one of the many community festivals that take place here. You’ll see the Port of Olympia and, nearby, the Farmers Market, which offers locally grown food every Thursday through Sunday during summer.

You can even find something fun to do at our museums, galleries and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts during the drizzly months of winter.

In other words, whether you’re a first-timer or a repeat visitor, a newcomer or a long-timer, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Take your time and you might just be surprised at what you can find.

George Le Masurier, publisher