Pay to use State Parks

Don’t forget, starting tomorrow, July 1st, you will need to pay to play on State Park land. A per time use fee at $10, or a pass for $30 will be required when you visit state parks in your cars. If you walk in, no fee applies. If you don’t pay, you could face a fine of more than $90.

Expect to pay to visit a Washington state park starting Friday – Seattle News –

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Steilacoom Farmers Market

The Steilacoom Market will celebrate the start of its third season on June 15 with the return of many familiar vendors and several new ones. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers, and a variety of specialty foods and crafts will be offered as well as prepared foods, perfect for picking up on the way to the concerts in the park.

A demonstration booth as well as kids’ activities will be featured each week as well.

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Largest Parade EVER – Seattle

The 94th International Convention Parade of Nations for Lions Club International will take place in Seattle, on July 5th.  Starting time is at 10am at the Seattle Center.  Lions club estimates the parade will take about 4hours, and will represent more than 100 different nations.  The parade will showcase people marching in native dress along with floats and bands.  A special guest is the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band – the only blind marching band in the country. 

Be prepared for slower traffic in and around the city this day as people estimate a draw of over 20,000 people for the parade.  That means a slowdown into town for those on the

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Scavenger Hunt – Ongoing in South Sound

This looks like a really awesome thing to do.  It is a FREE, interactive scavenger hunt in the South Sound.  The goal of the program is “to explore the region and be a tourist in your own back yard” so says Tammy Blount, president and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.  This is also a great idea if you have guests coming in from out of town and are stumped for something to other than the typically Pikes Place or Space Needle visit.  This is a year-long program that has a mission every month.

The goal is to find an object described in a specific location.  This is a win-win opportunity.  Businesses are listed and offer coupons and discounts if you want to shop there.  But you don’t HAVE to shop.  When you solve the case and submit evidence of your finds you become eligible for prizes.  WHAT???  Free AND PRIZES!!  Yes.  Example of prizes include:

  • Mt. Rainier snowshoe adventure for 2
  • Dinner for 2 at the Old Spaghetti Factory
  • One overnight stay at the Paramount Hotel
  • Two tickets to Nirvana at the EMP
  • 2 City passes with admission to 6 of Seattles Top Attractions

and the list goes on. 

So, hit the road, learn about your own neighborhood and have a little fun while you are at it. Tourism Revealed – Adventures in the Puget Sound

Sunrise is OPEN!

How many places can you celebrate the 4th of July by throwing snowballs?  Well, Sunrise at Mt. Rainier National Park will be open on Friday, July 1st.  Service will be limited due to the epic snowfall this year, e.g. there might not be food service or bathrooms open (If so, look for portable toilets), but the parking lot will be open. 

Sunrise open in time for Holiday Weekend!