Mesa Verde National Park Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde National Park Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde National Park Spruce Tree House

After driving an impressive 21 miles from the park’s entrance I had reached Spruce Tree House, the best preserved cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde. During the summer months Spruce House is a self-guided tour, although there is a ranger stationed there to answer any questions. Minus the entrance fee to the park, Spruce House is free to visit, unlike its counterparts Cliff Palace and Balcony House ($4 USD fee for each tour). Spruce Tree House is the third largest of the 600 cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Continue reading

Fiery Hot Pizza at Dolores River Brewing, Dolores Colorado

Dolores River Brewing, Dolores Colorado

Snaggletooth IPA at Dolores River Brewing

Sometimes I drive out of my way to visit places while traveling. Dolores River Brewing was no exception. I was spending the night in Cortez Colorado but there was a brewery located in a small town about 11 miles away. And since I was in Colorado, a state well-known for good beer, I decided to make the trek over to Dolores to try out Dolores River Brewing. Continue reading

Philly Cheese Steak Beer Casserole Recipe

Philly Cheese Steak Beer Casserole Recipe

Philly Cheese Steak Beer Casserole Recipe

I have another beer inspired recipe to share with you,  a Philly Cheese Steak Beer Casserole.  Say what girl?  Yeah it’s a beer casserole and it’s delightful!

So this casserole is slightly time consuming and takes a lot of ingredients but when you’re done you’re going to high five yourself as well as anyone in the room with you. Continue reading

Stolling Along Park Avenue, Arches National Park

Park Avenue, Arches National Park

Park Avenue, Arches National Park

I will fully admit while planning my trip to Arches National Park I did not plan my time well. I usually pick out the hikes before I go, reviewing the strenuousness of the hikes and then search photos on the internet to see where I should focus my time. I am not sure why I did not plan for Arches, I’m a planner and a planner should plan. It’s in the name.  Perhaps I am turning into a more go with the flow kind of person.  Ha ha, doubtful!   Continue reading

A tasty meal and beer at Moab Brewery, Moab Utah

Moab Brewery, Moab Utah

Moab Brewery, Moab Utah

“They call it the Lycra bar” my uncle said to me when I announced I was going to the Moab Brewery in Moab Utah.

As I walked in the door I immediately understood what he meant as the walls of the gift shop were lined with lycra cycling jerseys. It was clear I was in mountain biking country. It was also clear that I should have made a reservation for dinner. Continue reading

Dog Friendly Dead Horse Point State Park Utah

Dead Horse State Park Utah

Dead Horse State Park Utah

As we departed Canyonlands National Park dark storm clouds rolled in accompanied by lighting. Knowing both Boomer and I, we are scardy cats and I contemplated skipping Dead Horse Point State Park because of the lighting. It was going to be a bummer as the park is dog friendly and would have allowed Boomer to get out of the car and stretch his legs. Dead Horse State Park is about 9 miles from Canyonlands and in those 9 miles I went back and forth about 6 times on whether or not I was going to stop at Dead Horse Point State Park. Continue reading

Island In The Sky: Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Island In The Sky Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

While planning our spring trip I had debated whether or not to visit Canyonlands National Park. It was the least dog friendly out of all of the 5 national parks in Utah… but it would have been the only park of the Mighty 5 that I would not have visited. Knowing myself, and we’re going on 35 years now, I knew it would bother me not ticking all 5 national parks off my list. Especially considering I would be about 10 minutes away from the state park we were visiting, Dead Horse State Park. Continue reading