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I used Rover for the first time. Here’s what I thought.

Boomer and Jovi

The other day I found myself snooping around on the internet and stumbled upon someone’s experience with Rover, the dog boarding app. 

For those of you who do not know what Rover is, instead of taking your dog to a traditional boarding facility you take them to a person’s home and have them care for your pet in their home.

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How to pick a dog kennel when traveling

how to pick a dog kennel when traveling
Boomer and Jovi on the road

Sometimes I get flack for traveling with my dogs. Although I try my best to find activities to include them in my travels it does not always pan out. And when it doesn’t I have to rely on a little local help at the destinations we visit. And when I say local help, I mean local dog care facilities.

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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.

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Paws for Beer 2 Year Blogiversary

 Paws for Beer 2 Year Blogiversary
Paws for Beer 2 Year Blogiversary

Two years ago I started Paws For Beer from my love of travel, beer and my dog Boomer.

It’s funny how things can change in two years. Two years ago I was making a good income, had 280 hours of vacation, 7 paid holidays and one dog. Last year the company I worked for went out of business. I was fortunate enough to find work but my income is almost cut in half, I have 20 hours of vacation for the year, no paid holidays and now two dogs.

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Traveling Travels with Boomer USA Southwest Travels Utah

Hiking the National Parks When You Hate Hiking

Zion National Park Photos
Zion’s beauty is what motivated me to do something I hate… Hiking!

I am not a fan of hiking.  I’m not going to lie to you – I hate hiking. Pretty much the only way you can get me to go is to promise me a grand finale photo of awesomeness at the end of the hike… sweeten the deal by throwing in a beer and I may not bitch along the way… however I am not promising I won’t privately complain in my head. But you won’t be able to hear that so it won’t matter.

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2013 Paws for Beer Travel Wrap Up

The year has come to an end and Boomer and I have another chapter in the travel books. Here is our 2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer

This year we traveled to: (Bolded locations are new locations for Paws for Beer. Boomer’s name will be listed if he we went along on the trip):

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Boomer’s first time to the ocean in Crescent City California

California State:
Los Angeles
Long Beach
Crescent City (Boomer)
Laguna Niguel
Anaheim

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Jubelale Ale at Deschutes Brewery

Oregon State:
Grants Pass (Boomer)
Bend (Boomer)
Medford (Boomer)

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Courthouse Missoula Montana

Montana State:
Missoula (Boomer)
Ross Creek Cedars Highway 56 (Boomer)
Big Hole National Battlefield (Boomer)
Hamilton (Boomer)
Stevensville (Boomer)
Victor (Boomer)

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Snow Creek Falls Idaho

Idaho State:
Lewiston (Boomer)
White Bird Battlefield (Boomer)
Boise (Boomer)
Bonners Ferry (Boomer)
Snow Creek Falls (Boomer)

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Windmills in Washington State

Washington State:
Spokane (Boomer)
Ellensburg (Boomer)
Leavenworth (Boomer)
Wenatchee (Boomer)
Winthrop (Boomer)
Grand Coulee Dam (Boomer)

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Boomer on a hike looking for toadstools in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Utah State:
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park (Boomer)
Boulder (Boomer)
Kolab Canyons (Boomer)
Grand Staircase Escalante (Boomer)
Salt Lake City (Boomer)
Antelope Island State Park (Boomer)
Red Canyon State Park (Boomer)
Park City (Boomer)
Golden Spike National Monument (Boomer)
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (Boomer)

2013 travel write up for Paws For Beer
Oklahoma City Memorial

Oklahoma State
Oklahoma City
Muskogee
Warner

It was a pretty successful year of travel for me although there were a few trips I cancelled due to lack of funds – but they’re on the 2104 schedule! Here is a preview of what I have planned for 2014:

Trips with Friends:
April: Mexico (this is still in the rough stages so I am not sure if it will pan out or not)

Solo Trip:
May: Chicago IL / Milwaukee WI / Spring Green WI

Trips with Boomer:
June: Oregon Coast / Central Oregon/ Mount St Helens
September: Southern Wyoming / Northern, Central and Southwestern Colorado / South Eastern Utah / Montana

I have my fingers crossed that I will not have to cancel any of the above – but some things are out of my control. Since I have such a long planning schedule I hope to be able to “travel hack” down as much of the costs that I can but when you travel primarily by car the cost of fuel is your worst enemy. Luckily however I traded in the truck for a newer SUV that gets twice the gas mileage so that will help a little. I am also looking forward to Boomer being more comfortable in the car as we travel. You know because it is really all about him!

Where did you travel to this year?  Did you visit new places or familiar favorites?

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California Trip 2013: Day 2 Disneyland, Anaheim California

Disneyland 2013
Disneyland 2013

I thought Disneyland would be an easy task as it was January, although a weekend, I felt that there would not be a lot of people – it is after all the middle of winter. Turns out I was wrong, it was Martin Luther King Jr weekend and it was packed. We waited longer in line to get in to the parking lot and then into the ticket window than we did in any line inside (thankfully!)

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California Trip 2013: Day 1 The Queen Mary, Long Beach California

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California
The Queen Mary in Long Beach California

I still remember vividly the day my friend, Meg, told me she was quitting her job at the company we both worked for and she was moving to “California”. My response “Northern?”. She said no and my excitement dwindled. None the less I still promised I would visit her and for some reason when I tell someone something I feel the need to do it.

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Trip Rewind Nebraska: Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha Nebraska

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Desert Dome
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Desert Dome

I am not a fan of zoos. I hate seeing animals caged up but the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was highly recommend by my friend Jen and Stacie, the bride of the wedding I had attended. I arrived at the zoo with not much time before I needed to get to the airport. I guess I had spent too much time at the air museum and safari, but me running behind was typical.

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Trip Rewind Nebraska: Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari, Ashland Nebraska

Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari
Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari

While I was visiting the Strategic Air & Space Museum I had noticed a pamphlet for the Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari. Never one to pass up adding more to an already booked schedule I decided to continue my morning adventure in Ashland by taking in a few “wild” animals before returning to Omaha. Most importantly I got to continue driving my rental car that I was thoroughly enjoying… it had a few more horses under the hood than my non-souped up truck at home.