Hiking to Roman Nose Lakes Trail #165 Bonners Ferry Idaho

Roman Nose Lakes Trail

Roman Nose Lower Lake

It was early in the summer season and the dogs and I decided to venture out on a hike that I had always wanted to do, but never got around to. Mostly because it was in my own backyard. And when you’re a traveler, you tend to travel away from your backyard. But this summer we made a commitment to stay in the area and explore all that North Idaho has to offer. Continue reading

Leaving empty pint glasses all over North Idaho. 10 Breweries you should try.

North Idaho Breweries

Drink Local Beer

Last week I wrote about the closing of two of my local breweries and the importance of drinking local as well as trying our best to give our money to small breweries and businesses as opposed to the big beer conglomerates like Bud, Coors, and Miller.

In the spirit of carrying on this support for drinking local, I am sharing my favorite local breweries in North Idaho. Continue reading

Why It Is Important To Drink Local Beer

Why It Is Important To Drink Local Beer

Why It Is Important To Drink Local Beer

As I write this my stomach is in knots. These knots are not the result of me being sick or that I have consumed too much beer but that in the last two weeks I have learned that two of my local craft breweries are shutting their doors forever. It is a crushing blow to them but also to my local craft beer world.  It is why it is important to drink local beer.  Continue reading

I Find The Perfect Black IPA At Hunga Dunga Brewery Moscow Idaho

Hunga Dunga Brewery Moscow Idaho

Hunga Dunga Brewery Moscow Idaho

Last year I lost a dear beer friend of mine. The Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA from Firestone Walker. Firestone discontinued the beer last fall and I went into full-on prepper mode hoarding any bottles of Wookey Jack that I could find. I collected a small stash that kept me going for a few months.  My last Wookey Jack was enjoyed on May 18th, 2017. Continue reading

Efficiently Hiking Harrison Lake Trail #217, Sandpoint Idaho

Harrison Lake Trail #217

Harrison Lake Trail #217

So I am going to admit something about myself. Sometimes I can become annoyed while hiking because the trails wind around the endpoint.  Perhaps a little aimlessly in my opinion. I can see the end of the trail, such as a lake, but yet the trail continues, dancing around the end, not quite leading you there until several footsteps later. Continue reading

Familiarity Found At Barbarian Brewery Garden City Idaho

Barbarian Brewery Garden City Idaho

Tasting flight at Barbarian Brewery

Sometimes the beer world can be small. As I sat at Barbarian Brewery, 500 miles away from home, I ordered myself a tasting flight and glanced to the left as I waited. I locked eyes with a familiar face. But this face perplexed me as it made no sense to see this face 500 miles away from home. The face belonged to the owner of my local brewery. Then his brother appeared, the head brewer from the same local brewery. And then the manager of the same local brewery’s beer hall. We were all in town for the weekend and one thing was clear… we should have carpooled. Continue reading

If You Throw A Temper Tantrum In The Woods And No One Sees It, Did It Really Happen?

falling when hiking

I was happy at the start of the trail

I heard the rumble of gravel as my hiking boot skated across the rocks. Gravity, like a bitch, began to yank me down to the ground. I heard a loud popping noise as my ankle flexed the wrong way.  It was the kind of noise you never want to hear a body part make. As I continued to fall to the ground I thought to myself “this was it, I was going to break something today” Continue reading

Beer Tasting at Sedition Brewing, The Dalles Oregon

Beer Tasting at Sedition Brewing

Sedition Brewing

As I was zipping along I-84 on my way to Portland Oregon, I pulled into the town of The Dalles Oregon.   I was greeted by quaint brick buildings that lined the streets. Although I enjoy brick buildings of any age, some of these buildings have been around since the Oregon Trail days of the 1840’s to 60’s, making them a bit more admired. Even if you do not have time to stop for a beer, a quick drive down second street is worth the sidestep off of I-84, to take in the buildings.  But if you don’t have time for a quick beer, we seriously need to talk.   Continue reading

The Fiery History Behind The Pulaski Tunnel Trail Wallace Idaho

Pulaski Tunnel Trail Wallace Idaho

Entrance to the Nicholson Mine

This 2017 summer has been a fantastic few months for us. As we wind down, heading into fall, I was thinking about all the sunny and warm days we have had. And as I think about these days I honestly can not remember the last time it rained. Which is both a good thing, but also a bad thing. As I write this post I am looking out a window. A window where I can normally see mountains. But these mountains are nowhere to be seen. The reason you ask? Because where I live I am socked in by smoke from regional fires in my home state of Idaho as well as Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Canada. This summer has been one of the driest in history and has been compared to the summer of 1910. Continue reading

My Nerdiness Is Exposed At Badass Backyard Brewing, Spokane Valley

beer tasting at Badass Backyard Brewing

Beer flight at Badass Backyard Brewing

As history tells us, it was the Egyptians who first developed beer. It was not men, but Egyptian women, who were crafting the beer.

And for that, we thank these ladies.

Fast forward to 2017 and we now find the beer industry heavily dominated by men. Although there are still women brewers out there, according to a 2014 study by Stanford University, of 1700 polled breweries, only 4% had female head brewers.

Not a great showing ladies. Continue reading