Summer is a time for adventure - stretching your wings and exploring new places, whether a road trip away or right in your own backyard.  When searching for fun in Western Washington, turn your sights to the south and explore all that Thurston County has to offer.  Visit the Washington State Capitol Rotunda and more than eight memorials on the grounds.   Explore the award winning Hands On Children's Museum with its newly constructed Outdoor Discovery Center, complete with interactive stick sculptures by artist Patrick Dougherty. Try stand-up-paddle boarding or kayaking along the miles of shoreline.  See wolves up close at Wolf Haven International.  And, with an events line-up including one of the country’s longest-standing Jazz Festivals, five days of fun at Lakefair (don't miss the fireworks extravaganza) and one of the region's premier craft brewing events, the Olympia Brew Fest, there is something happening for you and your family all summer long in Olympia. Check out our article on Thurston Talk: