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Gary Jackson with eagle. This photo appeared in the fall 2009 issue of WestSound Home & Garden magazine's "An Art-full Weekend" — a feature about the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was canceled for 2020, which would've marked the 28th year of the tour. (Photo courtesy Charlee Glock-Jackson, 2007)

From Stainless Steel and Bronze to Inspired Art

Dedicated in March 2019, Ancich Waterfront Park in downtown Gig Harbor is both a remembrance of the town’s pioneering Ancich family and a dedication to the commercial fishing boats that shaped much of the community’s history. The park’s landscaping plan included public artwork … read more

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Magical Mauritius — Hidden Gem of the Indian Ocean

In the Indian Ocean southeast of the continent of Africa, some 1,200 miles off the coast, lies the idyllic volcanic island of Mauritius. A hidden gem of lush and beautiful beaches, excellent year-around weather and diverse cultural life. Logistics Most visitors will arrive … read more

Bloedel Reserve

Autumn Glory at Bloedel Reserve

The Kitsap Peninsula is privileged to be home to one of the nation’s most magnificent landscape gardens, just over the Highway 305 bridge on Bainbridge Island. Touted as “one of North America’s 10 best botanical gardens,” Bloedel Reserve is unique in its focus, … read more

An agile chestnut-backed chickadee hangs upside down from the tips of pine needles while searching for insects.

Cherish the Charming Chickadees

For years, people have debated the appropriateness of feeding wild birds. Some argue that birds rely on feeders instead of looking for natural food sources. Actually, few birds truly depend on backyard feeders. Many species use feeders with appropriate food choices for a … read more

Chiumbi Gorilla Lodge
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The Mountain Gorillas of Uganda — A Trek of a Lifetime

The mountains of Uganda and Congo bring to mind Hollywood stories like “King Kong” and “Gorillas in the Mist.” Known as the impenetrable jungle, this region makes trekking through dangerous and impossible without a guide. The 1988 film about the life of conservationist … read more

A common nighthawk rests on a tree branch, where it resembles a knot of wood from a distance.

The Cryptic Bird of Summer Twilight

Numerous species of migratory birds breed in West Sound. Many travel thousands of miles from wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. The later a bird arrives, the farther it has traveled. These species, called long-distance migrants, sometimes spend the nonbreeding season in … read more

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A Weekend Adventure on Marrowstone Island

It’s a three-bridge, two-island drive from Kitsap County to bucolic Marrowstone Island in Jefferson County. And only 35 minutes by car. The three bridges span bodies of water, each of them a geographic demarcation line. Hood Canal forms the boundary between Kitsap and … read more

Rainbow over Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Africa’s Most Magnificent Waterfall

Easy, self-Guided, budget-friendly visit to Victoria Falls

The photos don’t do it justice. The immense size of Victoria Falls and the tremendous amount of water flowing is hard to describe — or capture with a camera. You really must experience it; hear the roar, feel the vibration, taste the mist, … read more

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4 Simple Steps to an Organic Backyard

Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families. You might be surprised to learn that exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. … read more

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