No trip to a Bavarian village would be complete without a stop at a brewery… Located on the east side of town, Icicle Brewing Company would be Boomer and my next stop. I wondered around the town until an acceptable drinking hour (although I was on vacation – any time should be appropriate, right?). As I approached the building the front patio, sprinkled with umbrellas was already starting to fill up with people enjoying their beers.
One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Ellensburg was the Iron Horse Brewery. I enjoy their Irish Death beer – which is not really a beer you want to mess around with. It has an ABV of 7.8% and will knock you on your ass before you even realize you’re on your ass. I’ve been knocked down several times but I always come back for more (not sure what that says about my personality – but let’s just leave it with I love this beer!)
As we approached Bend I gave the address of the Deschutes Brewery to Samantha, my trusty GPS. Well, normally she’s trusty. Usually, Samantha does well, directing me to where I need to go with little confusion. And after I had just given her a good review to my dad, Samantha did something unexpected, she led us astray.
I finished up at Mount Rushmore and Boomer and I were headed off to Wall South Dakota for the night. I briefly stopped in Rapid City at a local brew pub, Firehouse Brewing Co. The brew pub was housed in a awesome brick building that was the original firehouse for the city.
We were still in Montana on the second day of our trip to South Dakota. We would be traveling across Montana from Butte to Bozeman to Billings. I grabbed some breakfast from the hotel and eavesdropped on the conversations going on around me. It is what I do when I solo travel as it beats talking to myself in public and looking like a crazy. It appeared to be homecoming for The University of Montana (Go Griz!) and there were several individuals at the hotel attending the football game that day. I was pleased to not be hanging around Missoula for the day due to the extra people running around.
You know when you wake up in the morning and you think you know how the day is going to play out. When I am traveling most often I actually DO know how my day is going to turn out. I have an annoying habit of planning everything out to a T. I plan my days out because I love planning, schedules and my type A personality.
This day started out like it was suppose to and then suddenly things changed.