Rouge Ales Bayfront Public House, Newport Oregon

Bayfront Public House Newport Oregon

Bayfront Public House Newport Oregon

A few months ago I was trying to decide what to do with my life. I was convinced that I was going to move to Newport Oregon, get a job at Rouge Brewing and work my way up through the brewing ranks. They have an apprentice brewing program that I was intrigued by.  Most breweries these days want to see you be a graduate of beer school (and yes there is such a thing) or have at least worked in a brewery… for years. Rouge on the other hand has things set up differently because well – they’re rouge! Continue reading

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site, Newport Oregon

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site

I took Boomer to the ocean for the first time last year and he freaked out. Most likely because he had never seen a body of water that big and then huge waves to go along with it.  While in Newport Oregon we stopped at the Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site and I took Boomer to the ocean again. The ocean was old hat by this point and Boomer was no longer afraid.  He chased the waves and tore through the sand like a dragster car taking off for it’s 10 seconds of fame.  I don’t really blame Boomer; he had been stuck in the car for most of the day and to get out to stretch his legs probably equated to more fun than I could imagine. Continue reading

Bonneville Lock and Dam, Bonneville Oregon

Bonneville Lock and Dam, Bonneville Oregon

Bonneville Lock and Dam, Bonneville Oregon

I love dam tours. I know that I have mention this before but for those of you who are just tuning in – I am a fan! I’m not sure what it is about the dam that I love so much; maybe the holding back of a massive amount of water or the fact that it generates power by moving this massive amount of water? Who knows.  But what I do know is that if there is a dam and a tour I like to be there. Continue reading

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River Oregon

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River Oregon

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River Oregon

I have drove though Hood River more than I can count but I have never stopped. Part of the joys of traveling solo is that you can stop when and where ever you want. So I made a stop to visit Full Sail Brewing in Hood River on my recent solo trip to Oregon.

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River Oregon

View from Full Sail’s deck

Full Sail has been around since 1987. The brewery overlooks the Columbia River, which is usually dotted with windsurfer sails taking advantage of the wind that likes to whip down the gorge. To say the area is picturesque is a bit of an understatement… it’s Oregon, so it’s green and lush along with lovely mountains and a river running along the valley floor. Bob Ross couldn’t paint you something better. Although I’m not sure about the happiness of the trees! Continue reading

Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Walla Walla Washington

Whitman Mission Walla Walla

Entrance to the Whitman Mission near Walla Walla

At Whitman Mission National Historic Site I left with a fairly important piece of information; never force your ideas on other people. Continue reading

Slate Creek Brewing, Coeur D Alene Idaho

Slate Creek Brewing

Slate Creek Brewing

I spend a lot of time traveling away from where I live. It’s a bad habit that I am working on fixing. My first attempt to fix this behavior is by visiting local breweries near my home. It should not be too difficult for me, we know I like beer and due to my recent job loss I really should not be driving too far anyway… right?

Slate Creek Brewing is located off of 4th street in Coeur D Alene Idaho. I won’t lie to you – I had difficulty finding the place and I’m pretty familiar with Coeur D Alene… in fact my former hair salon is connected to the building that houses this brewery. Should I be embarrassed, probably… was I – maybe a little. Continue reading

Dog Friendly Spots Sandpoint, Idaho

dog friendly spots in Sandpoint Idaho

dog friendly spots in Sandpoint Idaho

When you travel with a dog you start to realize there are a lot of places you can not take your dog. Most places are more than happy to let people bring their kids along, but a dog… meh not so much.

Which I ask the question why? My dog does not kick the back of your seat when flying on an airplane, or start screaming at the top of his lungs because he did not get that ice cream cone he thinks he needs, or plop himself down in the middle of a busy walkway because I have kept him up past his bedtime and he is too tired. No, Boomer would never…. well I’m not sure about the last one, as I have yet to see Boomer out of energy… ever. Continue reading

Chicago Solo Trip Recap

Chicago Solo Trip

Skyline view of Chicago

Chicago had been on my list of places to visit for a long time. The cost of getting there and it being a gigantic city deterred me for many years but I am glad I got over my fears and took the trip. Although getting lost every day was frustrating I was able to find my way most of the time without help and that gave me confidence in my ability to travel solo. I will forever remember my trip to Chicago as it was a true adventure filled with public transportation mishaps, questionable weather and amazing architecture. Continue reading

Millennium Park, Chicago Illinois

Millennium Park Chicago

The Bean or Cloud Gate in Millennium Park Chicago

In 1997 Millennium Park was developed, sprucing up a spot in Grant Park that needed a little TLC. This 24.5 acre park is beautifully landscaped while being sprinkled with art sculptures that encourage the playful child in you. Continue reading

Finding Sue at The Field Museum, Chicago Illinois

the field museum Chicago Illinois

Sue the T-Rex

For my first solo trip I went to South Dakota back in 2012. While I was there I stopped in Hill City, specifically at the Museum at Black Hills Institute. I had mistakenly heard that Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil ever found, was housed there. Although she was there at one time, she had since been moved to The Field Museum in Chicago. The Black Hills Institute had Stan, a smaller, yet still impressive T-Rex on display.  Not to make Stan feel bad or anything, but I left the museum a little sad that I had missed Sue.   Continue reading