The Fiery History Behind The Pulaski Tunnel Trail Wallace Idaho

Pulaski Tunnel Trail Wallace Idaho

Entrance to the Nicholson Mine

This 2017 summer has been a fantastic few months for us. As we wind down, heading into fall, I was thinking about all the sunny and warm days we have had. And as I think about these days I honestly can not remember the last time it rained. Which is both a good thing, but also a bad thing. As I write this post I am looking out a window. A window where I can normally see mountains. But these mountains are nowhere to be seen. The reason you ask? Because where I live I am socked in by smoke from regional fires in my home state of Idaho as well as Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Canada. This summer has been one of the driest in history and has been compared to the summer of 1910. Continue reading

My Nerdiness Is Exposed At Badass Backyard Brewing, Spokane Valley

beer tasting at Badass Backyard Brewing

Beer flight at Badass Backyard Brewing

As history tells us, it was the Egyptians who first developed beer. It was not men, but Egyptian women, who were crafting the beer.

And for that, we thank these ladies.

Fast forward to 2017 and we now find the beer industry heavily dominated by men. Although there are still women brewers out there, according to a 2014 study by Stanford University, of 1700 polled breweries, only 4% had female head brewers.

Not a great showing ladies. Continue reading

A Beer Lover’s Guide to Sandpoint Idaho

Beer Guide to Sandpoint Idaho

A list of Sandpoint’s beer-friendly places

If you love beer and you are planning a trip to Sandpoint Idaho, you are in the right place because this list will cover all your bases when it comes to finding beer. Do you want a beer with a view? We have you covered. Do you want a beer while you’re enjoying the ski mountain? You got it. Do you want beer right from the source? It couldn’t be any fresher. Do you want to check out the local scene? We’ll fill you in on where to go. Here are our top places to find beer in Sandpoint Idaho. Continue reading

A Return To Glacier Brewing Polson Montana

Glacier Brewing Polson Montana

Glacier Brewing Polson Montana

Let us step back to 2012 to the inaugural day of my first solo road trip. It was a warm sunny day when I arrived at the town of Polson Montana. A slight breeze created a twinkling ripple in the jewel-toned water. I navigated my truck, following the instructions of Samantha, my GPS, leading away from the main streets and the lake into a more residential area. Continue reading

Your Dog-Friendly Check List For Newport Oregon

Dog-Friendly Check List For Newport Oregon

Newport’s Historic Bayfront

Oregon is a state that you love if you are traveling with your dog. They practically welcome you with open arms, allowing dogs at the majority of their beaches, state parks and let’s not forget the breweries! We have visited Newport Oregon a few times and absolutely love it there, so much so, that if we ever moved from North Idaho, Newport is at the top of our list! From their beaches to their historic bayfront check out our favorite dog-friendly locations in Newport Oregon. Continue reading

Dog-Friendly Hikes In North Idaho You And Your Dog Should Do Part 2

Hiking North Idaho With Your Dog

Boomer and Jovi swimming at Farragut State Park

It is week two of our two part series of hiking North Idaho with your dog. Last week I offered up some trails in the northern most part of Idaho’s panhandle. This week we move to the middle of the panhandle. We are still up north, but just not quite able to wave to Canada anymore. Continue reading

Dog-Friendly Hikes In North Idaho You And Your Dog Should Do Part 1

Dog-Friendly Hikes In North Idaho

Roman Nose Lakes

When you live in North Idaho you are pretty much required to go hiking. I am not a huge fan of hiking, however. I know it’s just walking uphill but I blame it on my childhood. Our driveway was a mile long, uphill both ways, in the snow, with coyotes nipping at my heels. All right, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration… however the mile-long driveway part wasn’t made up. Continue reading

A Beer Lover’s Guide To Dining In Coeur D’ Alene Idaho

Guide To Dining In Coeur D' Alene Idaho

Moontime’s Falafel Burger

Like any long-term relationship, although they can enjoy their time alone, they are often best when paired together. They are not your traditional couple, but the two are frequently found together, supporting and complimenting each other, showing you just how great their relationship is. And while you may believe this post is about to embark on a love story about Jane and her wonderful John, it is about the bond between food and beer that I am speaking of. Continue reading

Beer Flights At Flathead Lake Brewing Company, Flathead Montana

Flathead Lake Brewing Company

Flathead Lake Brewing Company

Sometimes wanderlust overtakes me. Normally I am a planner. Down. To. The. Minute. But on a Sunday late last year, I decided to not plan down to the minute. It was a beautiful sunny day that was meant for exploring. I had also not been to Montana since January of that year. Blasphemy. Continue reading

Exploring Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Newport Oregon

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area near Newport Oregon

In between dogs barking and laughter from a nearby group of children playing on the black cobblestone beach I heard a low rumbling. A rumbling that almost resembled the sound of thunder. Despite the low hanging clouds and fog that filled the bay, the sun peeked out to remind us that there is the occasional chance of sun while on the Oregon coast. Although thunder could not completely be ruled out, I decided instead to trace where the source of the noise was coming from.   Continue reading