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.

The Restoration of Sierra Vista’s Fry Pioneer Cemetery

Community is important. It’s more than just where we live. It’s store clerks, mechanics, doctors, and teachers. It’s our friends and neighbors who keep us company. It’s also the people who take care of the places we mourn members of the community we’ve lost. Elizabeth Wrozek, the new curator of the Henry F. Hauser Museum …

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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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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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