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

Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah

Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah

Squatters Roadhouse Grill, Park City Utah

Majority of my spring 2015 trip was going to be solo, but while I was in Park City I happen to have a friend who was house-sitting the same time I was going to be passing through. She offered up a room to stay (don’t worry I also know the person who my friend was house-sitting for) with only one unfortunate stipulation. Boomer would need to be boarded for the night. So I did what any ration pet parent would do; I booked him a stay at some swanky Park City boarding facility. I’m sure he didn’t appreciate it as he had the bed all to himself and was not able to lay horizontal on the bed leaving me with only a sliver of the bed to sleep on. Continue reading

Granite Falls Trail 301, Priest Lake Idaho

Granite Falls Trail 301

Granite Falls Trail 301, Priest Lake Idaho

It had been only two days since we had said goodbye to Buddy and I thought to cheer us up I would take Boomer to Priest Lake Idaho. Although short, it would be a road trip, which is something that Boomer and I both love. Priest Lake is nearby our home, however I have only been there a handful of times and Boomer had never been. It is truly a shame as Priest Lake Idaho is one of the most stunning places in Idaho.  On this day I planned to take Boomer to Granite Falls, north of Nordman Idaho. Continue reading

Portneuf Valley Brewing, Pocatello Idaho

Portneuf Valley Brewing, Pocatello Idaho

Portneuf Valley in Brewing,Pocatello Idaho

Brewing beer dates back 6000 years where it is believed that the brewing profession was heavily dominated by women. The oldest documented recipe for beer dates back 3900 years with a reference to Ninkasi, the goddess of alcohol, who is sometimes referred to as the goddess of brewing. Continue reading

Great Burn Brewing in Missoula Montana

Great Burn Brewing Missoula Montana

Great Burn Brewing -Missoula Montana

On August 20th 1910 a firestorm ripped through Idaho and Montana leaving a path of 3 million acres decimated. Historians would later refer to this fire as “The Big Burn”, “The Great Fire of 1910” and “The Big Blowup”. The forest still wears its scars to this day and the tragic loss of life both in human and animals will never be accurately accounted for.

Great Burn Brewing in Missoula Montana pays homage to the Fire of 1910. The tasting room is surrounded by heavy wood beaming, a wooden bar and pictures from the fire. I found myself a seat at the bar and began reviewing the beer list while learning at bit of history behind the fire of 1910. Continue reading

Beer Tasting at Wallace Brewing, Wallace Idaho

Beer Tasting at Wallace Brewing

Wallace Brewery

I am always a fan of when a brewery embraces their heritage. Wallace Brewing is located in Wallace Idaho, a town known for mining. The logo of Wallace Brewing is a miner’s helmet and two pick axes. But this is not where the mining references stop. Majority of the beer names all have some sort of relation to mining, whether it be the Jackleg Stout, The Vindicator IPA, named after a “deep, dark, rich mine shaft” and lastly paying respect to the working girls in the mining town with the RedLight Irish Red Ale. Continue reading

City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

City Limits Pub, Wallace Idaho

A great way to start any trip is to make your first stop at a place that serves beer. And what better way to start my spring 2015 trip than making my first stop at City Limits Pub in Wallace Idaho. Not only was it a pub but they also serve craft beer from North Idaho Mountain Brew, which comes in handy because I loves me some craft beer. Continue reading