Corey Dembeck

Corey is just a regular guy with either too much or too little time on his hands. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, photography, and dad jokes.

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area: A Hidden Gem near Olympia, Wa

We stumbled upon Woodard Bay last year looking for waterfront areas we could frequent, and it always seems to surprise us. It has become one of our go-to local places on beautiful days to get out of the house and enjoy a nice walk. It is easy to stay far from people on this trail. …

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A Family-Friendly Game with a Ridiculous Illicit Past Comes to Olympia, Wa.

Mafia, Car Bombings in Seattle, Corrupt New York Politicians and the Innocent Game Caught in the Middle. According to the Seattle Times, the game once lead to a string of car bombings, dead bodies, and a corruption sting that led to indictments against the Seattle Council President, A King County Sherriff, and government officials from top …

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Learning Astrophotography Part Two: Went Better, But Ended in Terror.

While driving towards Mt. St. Helens, I noticed I was behind a car on a road that probably doesn’t receive much of any traffic during this time of year and at this time of night. After a while, the car began flashing its headlights, turned on its hazards, and pulled to the side. I slowed …

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Mountain, City, Sea, and Save in the Tacoma Area

“It’s weird. I thought it was supposed to always rain in the Pacific Northwest? But it hasn’t really rained since I moved to Tacoma,” I asked an acquaintance a few weeks after moving to the city thirteen-years ago. “Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone,” he responded. “It’s our secret.” I was captivated by Tacoma. It was really …

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Why You Should Consider Going on an African Safari

The Great Migration that takes place each year between the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti is arguably the most significant natural event that occurs on this planet. According to Africa.com, millions of Wildebeest, Zebra, and Gazelle migrate between Tanzania and Kenya.  The Great Migration is one of the world’s most popular events. Searching …

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Improving at Astro Photography: My First Attempt’s an Epic Failure

A Pineapple Express was dumping rain and clouds over Western Washington. Still, I desperately wanted to try my hand at Astro Photography. If I wanted to try it, I had two options. Wait for my next camping trip or pull an all-nighter and bear through a sleepless next day. I’ve always loved all things outer …

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Photographing Birds with My Daughter at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually

Peter Griffin, star of “Family Guy” and avid bird lover, once asked, “Do you or do you not know about the bird? Cause everybody has heard that the bird, bird, bird is the word.” According to a 2016 study performed by the Department of the Interior, Bird is most definitely the word with 45.1 million active birdwatchers …

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Rain or Monkeyshines; How a Mouse Helped Me Find A Rat in Tacoma Washington

This is a follow up to Finding Picasso, Elvis’s dressing room and Monkeyshines in Tacoma. At 6:30 am, I was drenched. My water-resistant jacket had given up. My shoes, my socks, my multiple layers of clothing all soaking wet. It was probably around 40 degrees. The cold and wet didn’t bother me. I had been …

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Finding Picasso, Elvis’s Dressing Room, and Monkeyshines in Tacoma, Wa.

Tacoma has moxie. It’s the scrappy little brother to Seattle. Tacoma is responsible for a great many things that Seattle somehow managed to claim as its own. Nirvana’s first show as Nirvana happened in Tacoma. Tacoma also dominates the Glass Art Scene and has produced some of the finest glassblowers in the world. Tacoma’s large enough …

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Visit the Lemay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington

“I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor, she’s waiting tonight down in the parking lot, Outside the Seven-Eleven store,” Bruce Springsteen, Racing in the street. It’s impressive how cars are intertwined in our lives. Our Favorite songs are about them. We decorate them to celebrate marriages. …

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