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Great Burn Brewing in Missoula Montana

Great Burn Brewing Missoula Montana
Great Burn Brewing -Missoula Montana

On August 20th 1910 a firestorm ripped through Idaho and Montana leaving a path of 3 million acres decimated. Historians would later refer to this fire as “The Big Burn”, “The Great Fire of 1910” and “The Big Blowup”. The forest still wears its scars to this day and the tragic loss of life both in human and animals will never be accurately accounted for.

Great Burn Brewing in Missoula Montana pays homage to the Fire of 1910. The tasting room is surrounded by heavy wood beaming, a wooden bar and pictures from the fire. I found myself a seat at the bar and began reviewing the beer list while learning at bit of history behind the fire of 1910.

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Beer Tasting at Wallace Brewing, Wallace Idaho

Beer Tasting at Wallace Brewing
Wallace Brewery

I am always a fan of when a brewery embraces their heritage. Wallace Brewing is located in Wallace Idaho, a town known for mining. The logo of Wallace Brewing is a miner’s helmet and two pick axes. But this is not where the mining references stop. Majority of the beer names all have some sort of relation to mining, whether it be the Jackleg Stout, The Vindicator IPA, named after a “deep, dark, rich mine shaft” and lastly paying respect to the working girls in the mining town with the RedLight Irish Red Ale.

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Paws for Beer’s Spring 2015 Trip: Utah/Colorado/Arizona/Wyoming

My first trip of the year is planned and booked. This trip is unique in the fact that I have never planned a trip so close to my departure time. This trip was part of another trip I was going to take in the Fall of 2014 but got canceled because the company I worked for went out of business.  I was left with the decision of either going on the trip or paying my mortgage… decisions decisions.

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Helena Brew Fest, Helena Montana

Helena Brew Fest
Boomer at the Helena Brew Fest

I am always looking for a reason to visit Montana. It’s beautiful scenery, fast speed limits and well let’s be honest… the beer! My friend Jen, Boomer and I headed over to Helena in the morning last summer. It was a bit of a drive but we did not mind as we all love visiting Montana and we all love beer, Boomer included.

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Kootenai Falls and The Swinging Bridge, Libby Montana

Kootenai Falls and The Swinging Bridge
Kootenai Falls

Every time I stop at the Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge my inner child comes out. Mostly because of the bridge, because who doesn’t like walking on a swinging bridge and purposely bouncing on it to make it swing… well I can tell you who doesn’t like it BOOMER!

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Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road

Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road
Lake McDonald from Apgar Village

Glacier National Park is the crown jewel of Montana… hell it’s the crown jewel of pretty much the entire Northwest. I spend a lot of time traveling around the Northwest and have yet to find somewhere more stunning.

Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road
Lake McDonald from Lake McDonald Lodge

I mean look at that.

Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road
Lake McDonald

Right???

Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road
Glacier National Park : Going to the Sun Road

Places shouldn’t be allowed to be this pretty.  It’s too overwhelming.

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Taking a drive along Lake Kootcanusa Scenic Byway, Montana

Lake Kootcanusa Scenic Byway, Montana
Lake Kootcanusa Scenic Byway, Montana

One of the benefits to living where Boomer and I do is that short distances provide excellent adventures. With my job change I no longer have a lot of vacation time so traveling long distances frequently is pretty much out of the question for the time being. Add on that I started a dog cookie business last year with the bulk of my business being done at farmers’ markets I am one busy girl during the summer.

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Paws for Beer 2014 Travel Wrap Up

Paws for Beer 2014 Travel Wrap Up
Boomer headin’ west on the Oregon Trail

With this being the last post of the 2014 year I wanted to recap my travels of the year. Honestly I had a great year for traveling despite loosing my job in April. I have a new job, but the pay and vacation time will be difficult to keep me on pace with what I am familiar with (and should I say comfortable with).

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Oregon Trip Wrap Up

Oregon in photos
Boomer enjoying the ocean

I typically plan my trips a year in advance. In this case I had been planning my trip to Oregon for more than a year. I had dreamed of a vacation traipsing through breweries, sand dunes and plotting for a new place to live, targeting Bend Oregon, a town referred to as a Brewery Boom Town. How could I not fall in love?

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Why I Will Never “Car Camp” Again

car camping mishap
Looks like a nice enough car, right?

Have you ever come up with a plan to solve a problem and only after you have partially implemented the plan you think to yourself what the hell was I thinking?