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A Brewery At The Top Of A Mountain: DruBru Snoqualmie Pass Washington

DruBru Snoqualmie Pass
DruBru Snoqualmie Pass Washington

Some say that it is the journey, not the destination that is the most important part of the trip. As a lover or road trips I am a believer of this theory. Although the destination often gives me the achievement of reaching my goals for either the day, the purpose of the trip or checking off a bucket list item, it is often the path that gets me there that is the most enjoyable.

During my mid-summer trip to Western Washington my path had me making a brief stop at the summit of Snoqualmie pass at DruBru Brewery. At the time of my visit the brewery was just about 6 months old. Although the brewery was still in it’s infant stages a warm and inviting tasting room paired up with flavorful beers could convince you else wise. The brewery at the time of my visit was self-distributing to 75 bars. According to their website, as of April 2015, they are now distributing to 80 bars, mostly located in western and central Washington.

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Olympic Peninsula Beaches: 1st Beach, 2nd Beach, Rialto Beach & Ruby Beach

Olympic Peninsula Beaches
Second Beach

While visiting the Olympic Peninsula last year I decided to do something I rarely do, go to the beach. I do not visit beaches often because I am pale skinned and sunburn easily. I have even been know to burn in the shade.  However the Olympic Peninsula Beaches are not your typical beaches. They are often socked in by fog and mist that camouflages the sun, which leads me to believe they are the right kind of beaches for this pale girl!

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Solo Travel USA Northwest Travels Washington

Hikes In The Hoh Rain Forest Olympic National Park

Hikes In The Hoh Rain Forest
Hikes In The Hoh Rain Forest

As cliche as it is, I often find myself looking for the iconic shots of the certain places that I visit. Arches National Park, you bet I took a photo of Delicate Arch. Santa Monica Pier, yep, I have a photo of the sign leading down to the pier. Chicago, of course a photo of The Bean is in my possession. So when I arrived to the Hoh Rain Forest I went looking for the cute old phone booth covered in a layer of moss, that I had seen several photos of when researching the Hoh Rain Forest. I was perplexed with where the phone booth covered in moss was as I stood near the visitor center. After ten minutes or so of being unsuccessful in locating the phone booth I took out my cell phone to google the location of the phone booth. It was both ironic and disappointing. Ironic in the fact that I was using a phone to find a phone and disappointing as my cell phone revealed that the phone booth had been taken down and was no longer at the Hoh Rain Forest thus taking away all cliche photographers hopes of capturing the photo of the mossy phone booth.

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Becoming a Twi-hard in Forks Washington

Twi-hard in Forks Washington
The treaty line on the way out to LaPush

I have to admit something.  I have never read the Twilight Trilogy. Now I will wait for a collective gasp from some of you, especially given the title of this post. I was on the fence about visiting Forks Washington. Mostly because there was not much there, and what was, centered around the love affair between Bella and Edward. And while that did not completely deter me, my true reason for visiting the area was the Hoh Rain Forest. Forks was nearest town to the Hoh Rain Forest so it made logical sense to stay in Forks.

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The Adorable Town of Port Gamble Washington

Port Gamble Washington
Port Gamble Washington

I rarely leave much to chance when I am traveling. It is why I believe I am destine to travel alone. I plan my trips out very detailed and from the people I have traveled with it seems to be that I am the only one who likes that. Most seasoned travelers say this method of planned travel is not the way, but for me it works. I think a lot of it has to do with traveling with a dog as we are restricted to where we can and can not go based on dog friendliness.

While on a road trip last summer, without Boomer, I was traveling along the Olympic Peninsula, a place I believe I have never been before. We will fact check with my dad right now. He will usually leave a note in the comment section if I say I have not been somewhere when in fact I have. Let’s just say he is keeping me honest with you. We traveled a lot when I was a kid and I am sure you can forgive me. I do after all drink a lot of beer and that has to account for some, if not all of my memory loss.

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All Things Beer Breweries Utah Solo Travel USA Southwest Travels Utah

Samantha Makes Me Go To Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City Utah

epic brewery restaurant
Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City Utah

Samantha, my GPS, led me astray on the way home. It was not at all surprising because she loovvvesss taking me off course, even if it makes no sense to. She loves sending me off course as much as I love Boomer. For the record, that is a lot!

I was not suppose to travel through Salt Lake City on my way home from our Spring road trip and there I found myself zipping along I-15 in the heat of traffic.

Damn you Samantha.

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I don’t always drink beer. Grand Teton Distillery Driggs Idaho

Grand Teton Distillery Driggs Idaho
Grand Teton Distillery Driggs Idaho

Sometimes I don’t drink beer.

Wait, What?

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Tours With Beer: Grand Teton Brewing Victor Idaho

Grand Teton Brewing Victor Idaho
Grand Teton Brewing in Victor Idaho

I love beer. This much you can probably tell about me. The name of my blog alone should be proof that I at least like beer. And if you read my blog, admit it, you are doing it right now, you know I talk about beer often.

I sometimes drive far to visit new breweries. Often it pays off fulfilling my quest to find great beer. There is something to be said about finding a roadside brewery located in a small town with a passionate brewer making their dream of creating beer a reality. For some, like myself, it is the American Dream.

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A brief love affair at Q Roadhouse & Brewing, Wilson Wyoming

Q Roadhouse & Brewing, Wilson Wyoming
Q Roadhouse & Brewing, Wilson Wyoming

As I sat at the bar sipping on my beer a handsome gentleman sat down next to me. I glanced over, giving a slight side-eye. Mostly to see if someone was joining him, but the seat next to him remained vacant. It was an oddity to me, as someone like myself, I usually give a one seat buffer between me and anyone else. So this sitting right next to me caused a slight eyebrow raise from me. He was in my personal bubble space and there were plenty of open seats to give me my one seat buffer. I will be honest with you, this one seat buffer mandate I have is probably some of the reason I am still single. So this dude sat right next to me, maybe it meant something and just as I took a breath to gathered my courage to introduce myself it happened…

He ordered water…
And just like that the love affair was over…

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Paws For Beer 2015 Travel Wrap Up

Paws For Beer 2015 Travel Wrap Up
Happy Holidays from Boomer & Santa

2015 is coming to an end and it is time for our Paws For Beer 2015 Travel Wrap Up.

2015 was a year of changes for us at Paws For Beer. Due to a job change in 2014 I took a substantial pay cut but more importantly I took a 93% reduction in vacation hours. I won’t waste your time with bitching about the impact of the change and just leave it as depressing. To help offset this change I have slowed my blog postings to weekly, instead of twice a week, as I am not traveling as much and do not have as much to share. Luckily I have not seen a drop in traffic to the site as a result of this change. My posts about brewing and baking with beer have become erratic, which is a loss for me personally because I loved trying out new recipes. Lack of time and money have held me back with continuing both of those hobbies. Perhaps 2016 I will make more of an effort to bring that back.