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Slate Creek Brewing, Coeur D Alene Idaho

Slate Creek Brewing
Slate Creek Brewing

I spend a lot of time traveling away from where I live. It’s a bad habit that I am working on fixing. My first attempt to fix this behavior is by visiting local breweries near my home. It should not be too difficult for me, we know I like beer and due to my recent job loss I really should not be driving too far anyway… right?

Slate Creek Brewing is located off of 4th street in Coeur D Alene Idaho. I won’t lie to you – I had difficulty finding the place and I’m pretty familiar with Coeur D Alene… in fact, my former hair salon is connected to the building that houses this brewery. Should I be embarrassed, probably… was I – maybe a little.

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Dog Friendly Spots Sandpoint, Idaho

Dog Friendly Spots Sandpoint Idaho

    Dog-Friendly Spots in Sandpoint Idaho

When you travel with a dog you start to realize that there are a lot of places you can not take your dog. Most places are more than happy to let people bring their kids along, but a dog… meh not so much.

Which I ask the question why? My dog does not kick the back of your seat when flying on an airplane. Or start screaming at the top of his lungs because he did not get that ice cream cone he thinks he needs.  Or plop himself down in the middle of a busy walkway because I have kept him up past his bedtime and he is too tired. No, Boomer would never…. well I’m not sure about the last one, as I have yet to see Boomer out of energy… ever.

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Wine Tasting in Washington State

Wine Tasting in Washington State
Wine Tasting in Washington State

Image Credit: Conner Dunn

Define irony… I’m writing a post about wine tasting while drinking beer. Shameful.

Now that I have my dirty secret out of the way lets get on to talking about wine tasting in Washington State!

According to Go Taste Wine’s website there are 691 wineries in the state of Washington. Just to give you an idea about how impressive that is, Napa Valley in California has approximately 626 operating wineries. I know I’m not comparing apples to apples as a state compared to part of a state is not fair, but I thought it was interesting none the less. Speaking of unfair comparisons Italy comes stumbling in like your favorite drunk Aunt for Christmas dinner with a whopping 1 million wineries. Now that’s a lot of wineries!

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Bayern Brewery, Missoula Montana

Bayern Brewery Missoula Montana
Bayern Brewery Missoula Montana

I am always looking for a reason to stop in Missoula Montana when ever I am near. Today’s reason would be Bayern Brewing. This was my first time to their brewery, although not my first time having their beer. The brewery is outfitted with both indoor and outdoor seating. I selected indoor seating as I am most comfortable located at the bar. If you were to see me at a bar, you would see me at my happiest.

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Blacksmith Brewing, Stevensville Montana

Blacksmith Brewing, Stevensville Montana
Blacksmith Brewing, Stevensville Montana

I found myself a spot at the bar inside Blacksmith Brewing and realized I had just witnessed something I had never seen before. I’m not saying I’m an expert on all things beer but this wasn’t my first time to a brewery. The man sitting next to me placed his order for a beer. His order shocked me enough to ask him what the hell he was doing. He had ordered a ½ of a glass of the Cutthroat IPA and ½ of a glass of the Brickhouse Blonde… although that does not sound particularly odd – but what struck me as odd was that he mixed the two in a single pint glass and proceeded to drink it. I was shocked! I had heard of a Black and Tan before… but mixing blondes and IPA’s. I was starting to think this guy might be on to something. He told me that the IPA was too strong for him and the blonde toned it down. It made perfect sense but I did not share in his opinion that the Cutthroat IPA needed to be toned down. It’s citrus taste resonated with me and I found it to be my favorite beer there.

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Glacier National Park Photo Essay

Glacier National Park Photo Essay
Black Bear in Glacier National Park Montana

I grew up living just 4 hours away from Glacier National Park. Oddly enough it was not until I was an adult that I got the chance to visit the park. Once I did visit Glacier… Well let’s just say I have been back almost every year for the past 5 years.

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HigherGround Brewing, Hamilton Montana

Higherground Brewery Hamilton Montana
Higherground Brewery Hamilton, Montana

While I was in Butte Montana last year I was suppose to take a tour of William Clark’s mansion. Note this William Clark is not the same of the Lewis and Clark fame. This Clark was one of the 3 copper kings who lived in Montana in the late 1800’s. I ended up not taking the tour while I was in Butte, the reason will bore you, so let’s keep it at that I did not take the tour.

Marcus Daly was also one of the three copper kings and his mansion was in Hamilton Montana – which was where I happened to be on this day. I had planned on taking taking the tour of his mansion while in Hamilton.  

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Free things to do in the Pacific Northwest

I had a discussion with my friend, Nicole, the other day about the Pacific Northwest (PNW). We were talking about how each of us defines the Pacific Northwest and found that we did not totally agree about which states were included in the PNW (don’t worry there wasn’t any hair pulling or name calling over this disagreement). I did a little further research as I was curious about what the “all knowing” internet would say about the Pacific Northwest. According to many sites, there is no true agreement on what is considered the PNW. Some say it is just Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Others sites included Northern Idaho and Western Montana (which I agree with). While others sites include parts of Wyoming (I don’t necessarily agree with that – not that I don’t like Wyoming or anything).

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Bitter Root Brewing, Hamilton Montana

Bitter Root Brewing Montana
Bitter Root Brewing in Hamilton Montana

I had purposely planned my trip to Big Hole National Battlefield so I could drive Montana’s highway 93. Highway 93 is a scenic drive that carries you over a small winding mountain pass that typically I would not have minded driving… however when I melted my breaks earlier in the trip even the slightest hill was annoying.

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Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

Big Hole National Battlefield
Big Hole National Battlefield in Montana

On the move since May 1877, the Nez Perce set up camp in the Big Hole Valley on August 7th, 1877. The United States Army had been trying to move the Nez Perce onto a reservation since May of that year. The Nez Perce were reluctant and rightfully so. As agreed upon in 1855, the Nez Perce were to be moved to a 7.5 million acre reservation. In early 1877 it was decided to reduce the 7.5 million acre reservation to a 10th of it’s size, to allow Anglo-settlers access to the gold they had located on part of the original reservation.