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Published April 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The South Sound Estuary Association’s annual meeting will include a recognition of volunteers and guest speaker John Dodge of The Olympian.
Published April 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Published April 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The thought of visiting Alaska in the winter may fill you with shivers and a longing to hibernate, but for adventure-seekers, it is prime playtime.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 2:53PM

Registration is open for the April 19 Washington Coast Beach Cleanup, which will take place on more than 40 beaches.

Those interested in helping are asked to register at coastsavers.org. Washington CoastSavers is a group of more than 1,000 volunteers who remove trash for beaches.

The April 19 event will remove trash from beaches in state and national parks as well as tribal beaches.

Published April 4th, 2014 - 8:57AM

The Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club is working to boost turnout for the South Sound’s oldest bike ride.

Registration is lagging for the April 13 Daffodil Classic in Orting according to club officials, but they’re hoping for a late surge. Turnout for the ride is traditionally heavily influenced by the weather.

The ride celebrates its 39th anniversary and is known for serving strawberry shortcake at the finish line. The ride offers routes up to 30 miles on the Foothills Trail and extended routes of 40, 60 and 100 miles.

There will also be a free ride for kids on the trail.

The event starts and finishes at Orting Middle School, 111 Whitehawk Blvd N.W. Registration is $30 through April 12 and $35 the morning of the ride. For each rider, organizers donate $1 to Washington Bikes, a statewide bicycle advocacy group formerly known as the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Food is donated to a local food bank.

The Daffodil Classic started in 1976. The ride can draw more than 1,000 cyclists when the weather is nice.

Check in starts at 7 a.m. The course is open with support for riders 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Tacoma Wheelmen also stage the more challenging Peninsula Metric Century and offers discounted entry fees for those who preregister for both rides. More information is available at twbc.org

Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
As the weather warms, birds are at the beginning or in the midst of their annual migration. That makes the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge a good place to visit right now. To see what birds are in the area, you can take part in the weekly bird walk, each Wednesday from 8 a.m.-noon.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Don’t ask Tacoma Yacht Club member Linda Dent what this year’s boats will look like in the Daffodil Marine Parade. She doesn’t know. In fact, she won’t know until they line up at 11 a.m. April 12 to sail from Point Defiance to the Thea Foss Waterway.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 11:23AM

Cycling guide Brad Barnard and adventurer Helen Thayer will be among the presenters at the Gear Up Expo April 26-27 at Everett’s Comcast Arena.

Thayer is the first woman to complete a solo trip to one of the world’s Poles and the first woman to trek across the Sahara. She speaks at 1:30 p.m. on April 26.

Barnard, owner of Issaquah-based Bicycle Adventures, will give a presentation on “Spandex optional” bicycle vacations at 12:30 p.m. April 27.

Numerous other presentations include programs on triathlons, Mount Baker, British Columbia shipwrecks, backcountry safety, geocaching and hiking with dogs.

Published April 3rd, 2014 - 9:31AM

Extensive road work in Mount Rainier National Park will not displace the South Sound’s preeminent one-day endurance cycling event.

Park superintendent Randy King said the current plan is to halt construction on July 31 to accommodate cyclists riding in the 149-mile Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day. RAMROD is not a race and roads are still open to vehicle traffic during the ride.

The ride, staged by the Redmond Cycling Club, is considered one of the most challenging in the Northwest. It climbs 10,000 vertical feet and starts and finishes in Enumclaw. It is the only organized ride allowed in Mount Rainier National Park.

The ride is almost as challenging to get into as it is to finish. Hopefuls must enter a lottery for $5.63 and hope they are selected.

This year’s lottery results were announced Monday via email.

Last month, the park started the first of two two-year road rehabilitation projects on the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise. It has warned visitors to be prepared for short delays when visiting that section of the park on weekdays. 

Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
The NASTAR National Championships is one of the best sporting events in the country. That's because people don't come to sit and watch--they come to race.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
To lose a pound of fat, you have to burn 3,500 more calories than you take in. But you don't have to do it all at once-if you reduce your food intake by 500 calories per day, you'll lose a pound in a week. Reduce by half that much, and you'll lose one in two weeks.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
With swimsuit season right around the corner, people are headed back to the gym with a renewed sense of purpose. If you're one of them, here are five ways to keep things from getting stale, and to upgrade your workouts:
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
The nine of us, plus guide Marsha Colbert, stepped through an airlocked portal and, as the door closed with a clang of finality, we found ourselves hermetically sealed under glass. We were like peaches canned for the winter or, more chillingly, lizards on display in some "Twilight Zone"-style terrarium. Trapped, I tell you. Trapped.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
The mazelike pathways are lined with giant shrubs with blooms that resemble tropical birds or silk scarves blowing in the breeze. Tom Sauceda leads the way: past the Hebe plants (named for the Greek goddess of youth) with their electric purple blossoms; past a South African specialty, Phylica plumosa, with flowers that call frilly yellow plumes to mind; and past an Australian native, Banksia ericifolia, with startling inflorescences flaming red and yellow and shaped like giant corncobs.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 5:10AM
Kasey Schraufnagel stood, with the aid of a cane, before the other members of the Weight Watchers meeting in New Berlin, Wis., and shared her story:
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