Why have one location when you can have three? Kannah Creek Brewing does just that with its three locations. Recently opened Kannah West is located in Fruita Colorado, and “The Edge” and “The Creek” are both located in Grand Junction Colorado. At the time of my visit to Grand Junction, The Edge and The Creek were my choices. Typically there would be no need to choose between two different locations. They both offer the same beer and both have food. But it is the food that sets them apart. The Edge food menu features burgers while The Creek features pizza. So what’s a girl to do? Is it pizza and beer or is it burgers and beer? Well, I may surprise you as I am usually a burger and beer kind of girl, but on this day I went with pizza. Which meant that I visited The Creek location.
Traveling solo can sometimes be lonely. The isolation alone causes many to give up. It is one of the reasons I travel with my dogs. Although I may not have a human companion, I do have two furry friends who love adventure as much as I do. They help push through the feeling of loneliness, as well as giving me someone to talk to. Granted I look like a crazy person driving around talking to my dogs, but we all have our quarks.
Typically I am a fan of walking into a brewery and having it packed full of people. It is usually a sign that they have good beer. On a Wednesday night in April I wasn’t overly thrilled when I walked into a full house at Horsefly Brewing because the only seating left was outside. YIKES! Colorado in April. Yeah, it wasn’t warm. But there was beer to be had, so I braved the elements for you because it’s the least I could do. I’m nice like that.
It was day 8 of our spring trip and 2400 miles (3862 km) had been driven in those eight days. It was time to spend a day for the dogs. The trip had taken its toll on all of us. We were cooped up and ready to stretch our legs. Fortunately day 8 had us visiting Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado. The main reason I chose the national recreation spot was its affinity for dogs. Every trail is dog friendly as well as the three reservoirs that make up the recreation area.
When I arrived to Del Norte Colorado I was alerted to the fact that at any given moment Colorado would remind me of just how unpredictable she was. My day had started off sunny and warm, so I dressed accordingly, shorts and a short sleeve shirt. A logical pairing on a warm day. But then later that same day I sat looking out the window of Three Barrel Brewing to sideways blowing snow. Yes, Colorado you’ve proven your point. I should have never dared to wear shorts in April, regardless of how the day started out.
It always perplexes me when I am at a micro brewery and I see someone order a macro brew from one of the big three. And the dude didn’t just do it once, but three times he ordered a Coors Light. I thought about asking him if there was something wrong with him, but I kept my questions to myself. Mostly because it meant more handcrafted beer for me and clearly there was something wrong with him. Who orders watered down crap beer anyways?
To say that the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is underrated is an understatement. I realized this as I stood in a hotel lobby in Gunnison Colorado, a mere 1 hour away from the national park. As I checked out the clerk asked me what I was going to do for the day. I told her I would be visiting the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. She responded “Oh I’ve never heard of that”. Wait, what? We will give her the benefit of the doubt that she was new to the area.
After visiting Mesa Verde I picked up Boomer from the local dog boarding facility in Cortez and we took a slightly long drive out to Hovenweep National Monument. There were points where I thought I was lost because the trip was so long and I did not exactly have real directions. Just a few road signs and some vague instructions from the website.
I realize that I have become too dependent on my GPS Samantha. Even when she leads me off course, we eventually get there. Extra miles may be driven, but she usually finds her way unless we are in the middle of no where. Due to the remoteness of Hovenweep, Samantha was taking a break from directing us around and I was relying on the old school methods, maps and the written word.
I was excited to visit Colorado. Mostly because it would be a new state for both Boomer and I, but also because of the beer. Colorado is one of the top beer producing states in the United States coming in at 3rd behind Pennsylvania (1st) and California (2nd). Idaho, my home state, comes in 35th.
Something to work on Idaho.
“Do you want to take a tour of Balcony House?” the enthusiastic park ranger asked me as I stood contemplating what I was going to do at Mesa Verde National Park after I was informed Cliff Palace, the most famous cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde, was closed for renovation.