Taos Pueblo, Taos New Mexico
I zig-zagged up the narrow two-lane mountain highway leaving behind daylight. The climb seemed almost never-ending. Each switch back led me to another until I had finally reached the town of Taos New Mexico. It was late in the night when we arrived to the hotel. As soon as I opened the car door an unwanted rush of cold air filled the car. Our mountainous climb had brought us to a staggering 6,967 feet in elevation (2,124 m). Continue reading
Pelican Brewery in Pacific City Oregon
It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C) in Portland Oregon on the day I arrived to Pacific City Oregon. Pacific City is a town of just over 1000 inhabitants and my mouth was agape at the amount of people who had crammed themselves into this tiny seaside town. It was almost as though the entire city of Portland had left the inferno to seek shelter at the coast. Continue reading
International UFO Museum and Research Center
A white orb zipped across the sky in front of me as I drove along the highway. It was round in shape and could not be confused with an aircraft. Even if it were a plane, it’s movement was quick and nimble, unlike any plane I had ever seen. Had I just seen a UFO? Continue reading
Great Lake Room
I’ve been told I have RBF. And when I say I’ve been told, like I’ve told myself. I believe my RBF keeps people from approaching me because I look scary. But something magical happened while at Carlsbad Caverns as my RBF, or resting bitch face must have vanished. Strangers from all walks were having me take photos of them at the caverns, asked for advice about the dog kennels at the caverns, and sought motivation from me on the hike up out of the cavern.
Honestly it was strange. Not to the point that Tony Robbins should be worried however! Continue reading
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
To say that the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is underrated is an understatement. I realized this as I stood in a hotel lobby in Gunnison Colorado, a mere 1 hour away from the national park. As I checked out the clerk asked me what I was going to do for the day. I told her I would be visiting the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. She responded “Oh I’ve never heard of that”. Wait, what? We will give her the benefit of the doubt that she was new to the area. Continue reading
Marble Brewing Albuquerque New Mexico
When I arrived at Marble Brewing in Albuquerque New Mexico I decided to scope things out before I did the unthinkable. Take two dogs into a brewery at the same time, with no help.
I walked into the brewery, solo, though an outside patio and asked the bartender if dogs were allowed on the patio. She let me know they were dog friendly on the patio and I placed an order for a beer flight, letting her know I would be out on the patio with the dogs. I returned to the car to fetch Boomer and Jovi. It was going to be challenging to bring them both, but it was hot outside and it was safer for me to take them in with me. Continue reading
Historic Brewing Company
I have been known to give my GPS, Samantha, a hard time. She is not great at finding the places I ask her to find. But in all truth, neither am I. This fact was proven while in Williams Arizona. When I arrived to Williams I was looking for the Grand Canyon Brewing Company. Samantha proudly spouted off “you have reached your destination” and like often, my destination was no where in sight. I was frustrated as I circled the street looking for the brewery. Usually I can pride myself often on my ability to find breweries but today my beer-dar was off. I could not find the brewery and gave up. Although I gave up on finding the brewery, I had not given up on finding beer, or another brewery. Continue reading
Dog Friendly Grand Canyon South Rim
“Just take the photo. Don’t take it in manual. Everyone tries to take photos in manual and they end up with a bunch of fuzzy photos”
This guy became my hero as I walked past him. He was standing near the rim of the Grand Canyon chirping at his friend holding a fancy DSLR, who had obviously become offended. But lets also be honest, how many of those people toting around DSLRs actually know how to work them? Probably fewer then what you see. The chirpper had a point, no one wants fuzzy photos. And how often are you standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon? Unless you are a Grand Canyon park ranger, probably not often. So why risk a fuzzy photo? Continue reading
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. Continue reading