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Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016

Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016
Boomer and Jovi ready for adventure!

Another travel year in the books!  Here is our Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016.

Our 2016 travel schedule started early this year with a January trip to Thayne Wyoming to pick up the newest addition to our family, Jovi. Jovi had been patiently waiting for about a month for us to come and get her from the shelter she had been at for about 6 months. With a break in the weather Boomer and I took a quick three day trip to pick her up. I could not have asked for a more perfect match for Boomer. Jovi and Boomer are the best of friends.  Which made the treacherous drive through a snowy Montana and Idaho in January worth it!

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Managing from afar at Red Rock Brewery Salt Lake City Utah

Red Rock Brewery Salt Lake City Utah
Red Rock Brewery Hefeweizen

While in the middle of a horrifically long day of driving I decided to stop at Red Rock Brewery Salt Lake City Utah for lunch.  The stop was meant to break up my day a bit. I pulled off the highway into downtown Salt Lake City traffic. I come from a small town and like to occasionally remind myself why I do not live in a larger city as I do not handle the stress of traffic well. And it’s not even like Salt Lake is a huge city!

I’m spoiled, I know.

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Paws For Beer Utah/Colorado/Arizona/Wyoming Wrap Up

a trip wrap up of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming
Boomer at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

What started out as our spring trip turned out to be Boomer’s and my only trip together last year. It was disappointing that Boomer stayed home for the rest of the year but we did have an enjoyable time on our spring trip together. Below is a wrap up of our Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming adventures together.

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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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The Mighty 5: Utah’s National Parks

The Mighty 5: Utah's National Parks
Capitol Reef National Park

During my Spring 2015 trip to Utah I completed The Mighty 5. In 2013 I visited Utah, stopping at Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. My 2015 trip to Utah had me stopping at Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef and returning to Bryce Canyon. Although there is plenty more exploring to do in all of these parks I will say that my favorite park is Zion. Perhaps it is because Zion was my first introduction to The Mighty 5. I vividly remember the unbelievable deep red rocks contrasting against the lush green foliage. And as beautiful as Zion National Park is I do believe each park has it’s own stunningness.

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Spooky Goblins at Goblin Valley State Park Utah

Goblin Valley State Park Utah
Goblin Valley State Park Utah

Goblin Valley State Park in Utah is a unique and fascinating spot however you may remember it’s name because of what happened there in 2013. Two doofuses knocked over one of the rock structures. They claimed one of the rocks was about to topple over on to a small child and they were protecting not only said child, but anyone else that could potentially walk past this rock. I have watched the video several times and have never seen a child anywhere near that rock, other than the childish people destroying a rock structure that was around 170 million years old. Probably the most disturbing part of the video is that after they topple over the rock the person filming bursts into laughter and states that his buddy is “saving lives at Goblin Valley”.  Second most disturbing part is the high five between the vandal and the third friend.

And that my friend is why we can’t have nice things.  

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Exploring Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park Scenic Drive

Meet Capitol Reef National Park.

Of the “Mighty 5”, Capitol Reef is the newest addition to Utah’s five parks. Capitol Reef was established in 1971, about 40 years after Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and 7 years after Canyonlands National Park. Capitol Reef may be the new kid on the block but it certainly is not the Donny Wahlberg of the group.

Capitol Reef National Park is located near Utah Highway 12. Some of you may remember my thoughts on Utah Highway 12. If you do not remember or have not checked them out, go ahead and give it a go. We will wait for you here.

Pretty scary, huh?

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The Sun Sets On Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset
Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset

It was a day like any other. I was rushing to beat time. The sun was setting and I had one last task for the day, to photograph Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.

I firmly believe the earth’s rotational speed increases as the sun is going down. Have you ever noticed that? The sky fills with vibrant colors and you rush to grab your camera, only to watch the colors fade and your opportunity is sometimes missed before you can press the button to snap the photo. So I did what any rational person would do when presented with a race against time, I pressed a little harder on the gas pedal. Don’t worry (Dad) the speed of sound was not broken in my quest to reach Bryce Canyon before the sun vanished below the horizon for the day.

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Cottonwood Narrows North Trail, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Utah

Cottonwood Narrows North Trail, Grand Staircase Escalante
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The last time I visited Utah was in late September of 2013 and it was monsoon season. The rain had ruined a lot of our trip, but we had made the best of it. One part of our 2013 trip that I was excited about was visiting the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM).  GSENM is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  We like the BLM because they often do not have those pesky dog rules, prohibiting dogs on trails like the National Parks do. By being on BLM land I would be able to have Boomer join me while at GSENM.

Unfortunately, during our 2013 visit, the rain had caused several roads to be impassable and we were denied entry into most of the monument… and do not think I did not try as I had a truck with 4WD at the time and thought I could handle any bit of mud thrown my way.

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The Southwest’s Crown Jewel: Monument Valley Utah

Driving Tour of Monument Valley Utah
Monument Valley Arizona

Have you every been driving down the road and you’re completely taken back by the scenery? And you think “I should stop here to take a photo.” But then you think “what if the next spot is better?” and you continue on and on. And then you come to the end of the beauty and you’re like “you dumb ass you missed your photo opportunity”.  And who has time to go back to snap a few photos?