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Wineing around Walla Walla Washington

wine tasting in Walla Walla Washington

Walla Walla Washington is known for onions, wine, and the state penitentiary is there. While I was visiting last year I found myself in an optimistic mood.

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Montana Solo Travel USA Northwest Travels

Butte Montana Mining History: Berkeley Pit and World Museum of Mining

Berkeley Pit and World Museum of Mining
Berkeley Pit, Butte Montana

Mary stands atop the Continental Divide overlooking the town of Butte Montana. She is not hard to miss and always draws in a look from me while driving into Butte. Mary is of course the Virgin Mary.  She stands at an impressive 90 feet (27 m) keeping a watchful eye over the town of Butte. Mary also overlooks the Berkeley Pit, a former open-pit copper mine.  The pit is a slight eye sore but is one of Butte’s many signs of a classic mining town.

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A Historic Brewery In An Old Mining Town: Butte Brewing Butte Montana

Butte Brewing Butte Montana
Butte Brewing Butte Montana

I have been frequenting Butte Montana a lot in the past year. Although Butte is probably best known for it’s mining history, Butte does have a pretty decent beer scene. Butte Brewing is fairly new on the beer scene however.  Well sort of. The original Butte Brewing was established in 1880 and closed in 1965. After a brief 50 year nap, the rights to the name, logo and root beer recipe became available and were snatched up by a local home-brewer. In 2015 a new and shiny Butte Brewing opened their doors.

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Yellowstone National Park Shows Off In The West Thumb

Yellowstone West Thumb
A bison herd at Yellowstone National Park

After entering Yellowstone National Park traffic slowed to a crawl. Cars were pulled off to the side of the road and the faint sound of camera shutters were snapping. A small herd of bison were taking their leisurely stroll for the day and the park visitors were consumed by the opportunity of capturing a photo of these large mammals.

Yellowstone West Thumb
Too close to the bison!

Brave, yet dimwitted people, were literally taking their lives into their hands as they encroached upon the herd. People will never learn. A safe distance and a zoom lens is all you need… to stay alive.

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Exploring the moon without leaving Idaho: Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Craters Of The Moon National Monument
Craters Of The Moon National Monument

On a bright sunny day in late September I was traveling along the back highways of Southern Idaho. This part of Idaho is somewhat desolate with low rolling hills, limited vegetation and light-years away from the lushness of Northern Idaho that I call home. As my car crested a small hill I was taken back by what had folded out before me. It was a sea of rippling black lava frozen in time. I stopped my car in a small pullout to get a closer look of the lava that has pushed its way up through the Earth’s surface 15,000 years ago. The warm wind whipped across my face as I stood on the side of the highway. Looking out as far as my eyes could see was The Craters Of the Moon National Monument.

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Procrastinating with beer in McCall Idaho

Breweries In Mccall Idaho
McCall Brewing in McCall Idaho

I was in a wedding last summer. If you knew me well you would assume that was a joke.  No one in their right mind would ask me to be in their wedding. It was not a joke though. It was the first time I had ever been in a wedding and while I was happy for my friends I was not overly thrilled to be in the wedding. Eh, wearing a dress and makeup, gross.

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Checking off every brewery: Imagine Nation Brewing, Missoula Montana

Imagine Nation Brewing
Imagine Nation Brewing

I like to visit Missoula Montana often. I have written about it a lot, as well as my fondness for Montana in general. If I ever decided to move it would most likely be to Montana and most likely Missoula. My love for Missoula centers mostly around beer and I consider Missoula a beer town. As of 2016 there are 66,788 people who live in Missoula and there are nine breweries with ten locations. That is a pretty decent saturation.

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The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula Montana

historical museum at fort missoula
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in Missoula Montana

Fort Missoula was established in 1877 by the United States Army. Anglo-settlers were moving west and the army had started building forts throughout the Northwest to help protect the settlers, who were new to the area and gathering their bearings. The area was originally inhabited by the Nez Perce, a fairly peaceful tribe, however by 1877 they were reluctantly being pushed onto a reservation, causing tension in the area. Major battles between the Nez Perce and the Army erupted in 1877 at Whitebird and Big Hole along with a previous battle in 1876 at Little Big Horn.

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Sometimes Beer Is Closer Than You Think: Missoula Brewing Company

Missoula Brewing Company
Missoula Brewing Company

I know I give my GPS, Samantha, a lot of crap for not knowing where places are, or getting me lost often, but it may not always be fair to get upset with her dimness. I mean lets be honest, I do not know where the things are that she is looking for either. Granted I am not linked up to a satellite orbiting the earth like she is… yet… but if someone asked me how to get some where new I would probably have to recalculate a few times too.

I have however referred to myself as the human-brewery-locator, sort of like a GPS for beer. It is a gift that will grant me nothing more than endless amounts of money spent on beer and countless hours of time spend on torrid love affairs that I manifest in my head with other brewery dwellers.

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Jumping Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane To Fight A Fire

Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumpers Center
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumpers Center

2015 was a record breaking year in the Northwestern part of the United States. Although some records are not always highly sought after. This record for 2015 was for worst recorded wildfire season since 2006. As of September 2015 8,821,040 acres of land had burned during the 2015 fire season. Fire season usually starts around April and ends around October each year for the Northwest.