Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Hyde Park Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may have figured out that I am a Frank Lloyd Wright fan. I collect FLW house tours like one collects ball-caps of their favorite baseball team. There are a few houses that Wright designed that one should visit in my opinion: Fallingwater, Taliesin, Taliesin West, Wright’s Home and Studio and lastly The Frederick C Robie House. The Robie House is a stunning representation of Wright’s Prairie Style work. Continue reading

Seeing Chicago from the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor

The Willis Tower

The Willis Tower (left)

The tallest building in my town is 5 stories. Imagine that. Just 5 floors. You could probably sprint to the top floor in under 2 minutes. The tallest building in Chicago Illinois is 110 floors. Slight difference… and there probably isn’t any sprinting to the top.

Formally known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower has stood proudly in the heart of Chicago since the 1970′s. The building took 3 years to complete with the help of around 2000 workers. The building has some impressive statistics: the amount of concrete to make the building could pave an eight-lane, 5 mile (8 km) long highway, 25,000 miles (40233 km) of plumbing fill the building, 1500 miles (2414 km) of electric wiring snakes it’s way around the building and lastly there is 80 miles (128 km) of elevator cable. Continue reading

I Backpackish Chicago

Backpacking Chicago

The Bean in Millenium Park

You’re probably wondering what the hell do I mean by backpackish Chicago, right? Don’t worry when I told my friends I was going to backpackish Chicago even they gave me a funny look… probably the same look you are giving the computer screen now. Continue reading

How To Plan A Vacation The Paws For Beer Way

bribed with a treat Boomer looks like he cares (a little more) about planning out our trip!

bribed with a treat Boomer looks like he cares (a little more) about planning out our trip!

My friends and I joke often that I should be a travel agent. Except I’m not joking. I think I would be excellent at it. I love to travel, I love to plan and I love to share my thoughts on where I have been. Sounds like the perfect fit to me!

I am often asked for advice on where to travel to. I seem to specialize in road trips, as many of friends have been moving away :-( and they want to know what there is to do along the way to their new destination. I oblige them, give them my recommendations and send them on their way with a small frown on my face. No one likes to see a friend leave, right? Continue reading

Wine Tasting in Temecula California

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Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours

Anyone who has gone wine tasting with their friends knows it is no fun being the driver. You are limited from drinking most of the day while your friends progressively get drunker and drunker. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of being around people who are drunk when I am stone cold sober!

So while visiting Temecula my friend Meg and I sought out a car service to cart us both around so neither one of us had to miss out on the fun. We chose Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours. I thought it would be fun bouncing around wine country in a cable car! Continue reading

An early morning flight on a Hot Air Balloon, Temecula California

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A hot air balloon ride in Temecula

I have had taking a hot air balloon ride on my bucket list for a long time. Go ahead and judge me for having a bucket list, I know it’s cliché :-). As my friend Meg and I were headed to Temecula for wine tasting, we thought why not throw in a balloon ride too?!? Luckily Groupon had a deal for a 2 for 1 and it cut our costs in half, which was great as the ride was not overly expensive, but it was not inexpensive either. Continue reading

It’s a Gargoyle not the Devil: Stone Brewing Escondido California

Stone Brewing Escondido California

Stone Brewing Escondido California

Stone Brewing is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States and 1 of the 5000th fastest-growing private companies. Stone Brewing was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. Probably their best known beer is the Arrogant Bastard, but don’t worry you don’t have to be one in order to enjoy this beer!

Stone Brewing Escondido California

Stone Brewing’s logo. A gargoyle not the devil!

image credit: Bill Selak

They are also well-known for their IPAs and stouts and – well – that gargoyle that people always confuse with the devil. Sure he doesn’t have a very friendly look on his face, but he usually has a beer in his hand. I am only defending him as that previous sentence may also describe me from time to time. Continue reading

Crockpot Beer Chicken Tacos with Slaw

crockpot beer chicken tacos recipe

crockpot beer chicken tacos

We at a lot of tacos when I was a kid. I still eat them as an adult but maybe not as much as I did as a child. While making some tacos I thought I would spice things up and add beer to the tacos. This was certainly not something added to my childhood tacos. Mostly because my parents did not drink beer, nor cooked with beer. I’m not sure how we are related. Continue reading

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido California

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The “African Plains” at The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I have always wanted to take an African Safari, you know in actual Africa. I have yet to do it and it will probably be more years than I want to count before I can afford to go. It is not that it is overly expensive, but I would not consider it inexpensive either. Also in the light of just loosing my job, feeding Boomer is more important than me traipsing off to Africa. Dog’s gotta eat! Continue reading

Visiting the San Juan Capistrano Mission, California

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Walking around the San Juan Capistrano mission

This was my fourth visit to California in four years. I had decided to do what most of the travel bloggers I read say to do. Don’t plan out everything. So I didn’t plan much.  I booked my flight, organized a few activities and headed down to California to see my friends Meg and Kris. Continue reading