Las Vegas History at the Neon Museum Boneyard Las Vegas Nevada

Neon Museum Boneyard

Neon Museum Boneyard

In the dark of night, the dynamite charges explode. Puffs of sparks and debris shoot out the windows and the building begins to lose its balance.  Wobbling, as though it has become weak in the knees, knowing its final moments are near.  The walls give way and floor after floor comes crashing down to the ground. It is the fate of many hotels in Las Vegas. Continue reading

River Side Drinking At Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Buoy Beer Company Astoria Oregon

Sometimes I see strange things while out on the road. Like a grown man dressed up as Minnie Mouse wearing combat boots walking into the Buoy Brewery bar and asking for a beer. The real question was, where was Mickey? And what kind of footwear was Mickey wearing?

Perhaps the guy was just bringing a little weird to Astoria.

Well done sir. Continue reading

Doing Time at Seaside Brewing, Seaside Oregon

Seaside Brewing Beer

Seaside Brewing in Seaside Oregon

I always like a building with a bit of history and Seaside Brewing’s building has just that. Located in the former Seaside City Jail this historic brick building was built in 1914. It may no longer have unsavory men roaming the exercise yard but the bars from the windows are hung up on the walls inside reminding us of this building’s checkered past. Continue reading

Visiting Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock with Dogs

Haystack Rock with Dogs

Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock

We picked up Jovi early last year from Wyoming. And while Jovi’s history may be unknown, it is probably safe to assume that she had never been to the ocean before. The shelter staffer when we picked up Jovi described the people who had owned Jovi before as less than awesome. Less than awesome people probably do not drive all the way from Wyoming to take their dog to the ocean. Continue reading

Beer Hopping at pFriem Family Brewers Hood River

pFriem Family Brewers Hood River

pFriem Family Brewers Hood River

Located on the banks of the Columbia River in Hood River is pFriem Family Brewers. Established in 2012 this brewery may be new to the Hood River beer scene when compared to Full Sail Brewing and Double Mountain Brewing but they are kicking out quality beers and have a location you can’t beat. Who doesn’t like a view of the river while you are drinking beer? There is inside and outside seating, neither of which are dog-friendly, although there is a “dog parking spot” located outside the front door. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not, but there was a water bowl there, so maybe I could have parked Boomer and Jovi there while I went inside for a few beers. There is a dog-friendly park across the street from the brewery if you want to stretch your dog’s legs before or after you enjoy some beer. Continue reading

Doubling Down at Double Mountain Brewery Hood River Oregon

Double Mountain Brewery Hood River Oregon

Double Mountain Brewery Hood River Oregon

While driving through Hood River Oregon you may be distracted by the kite-surfers who are taking advantage of the Columbia River and favored windy conditions. But don’t let them distract you too much as there is beer to be had. On this day while in Hood River the beer to be had was from Double Mountain Brewery. Continue reading

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway Highway 12 Idaho – Montana

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway Highway

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway Highway

A few years ago I saw a list of the Top 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try At Least Once. As an Idaho native, I was curious about the list and scrolled through the 75 different things I should try. One of which was driving along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. Continue reading

Milestone Beer Drinking At Boise Brewing Boise Idaho

Boise Brewing Beer

A tasting flight at Boise Brewing

I go to a lot of breweries by myself. Some may judge me for that because I drink alone. Not like George Thorogood drinking alone, but still alone. Fortunately, the bartenders at Boise Brewing were friendly and engaging, so I was a little less alone while trying out Boise Brewing’s Beer. Continue reading

Tasting The Gamut At 10 Barrel Brewing Boise Idaho

10 Barrel Brewing Boise Idaho

A tasting flight not for the faint of hearts

Sometimes there are benefits to traveling alone. Like when you arrive at a popular brewery and the wait is long… For some. When you are a solo diner, often your wait is not long. You can be squeezed into just about anywhere.

When I arrived at 10 Barrel Brewing in Boise this was the case. It was a busy Friday night in the heat of the dinner rush. A waiter whisked me away to a family style table and handed me a menu where I sat at the end of the table filled with strangers, who happened to also be beer lovers. At least we could use that to break the ice. Continue reading

Desperately Seeking Sunshine In Winter

Seeking Sunshine In Winter

Boomer and Jovi trying to beat those winter blues

It was a night in early January of this year. I laid awake, tossing and turning for more hours than I was able to sleep. I had had an extra stressful week at work. In addition to that, I also had building pressure from financial woes that had been plaguing me for the last few months. If it could happen, it did. My refrigerator died on me, check. Unexpected car repairs, check. Trouble with my main heat source for my home during an unseasonably cold winter, check. Canceled my annual spring road trip due to reallocating funds to lame adult responsibilities, check. Pulled over for the first time and given a ticket, check.  Continue reading