Trip Rewind Las Vegas: Childhood Memories VS Adult Memories of Las Vegas

My first memory of Las Vegas was when I was around 12 years old. My parents, best friend and I were headed to California and briefly stopped in Vegas. It was late, most likely around midnight and my mom was adamant about seeing the Vegas strip, even against my dad’s wishes. It was always cute how he thought he could talk her out of something. Continue reading

Trip Rewind – Turning 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada


Trip Rewinds are stories from my earlier travels prior to the Paws for Beer blog’s creation. The stories may be oldies, but hopefully you find them to be goodies 🙂

Over the next few postings I will tell you about my trip to Las Vegas. Below is our itinerary that we used for my 30th birthday celebration in Las Vegas.  Anything crossed out was planned but we were not able to accomplish. Continue reading

Spontaneous Road Trip 2013 Around Montana and Idaho

I am not known for spontaneity. There I said it.

If you know me or have seen at least some of my blog postings about trip planning you will notice there is not much room for “stumbling on to the next great thing” while Boomer and I truck off to the next spot. Continue reading

A Self-Guided Walking Tour Downtown, Missoula Montana

With our bellies full of beer from the brewfest we decided to walk off some calories by doing a self-guided walking tour around downtown Missoula. It was mostly an attempt to spend more time in Missoula as it is one of my favorite towns. At the brew festival a local lady was telling me all the great things about Missoula and why I too should love Missoula as much as she does. No reason to sell Missoula to me – my love grows deeper each time I visit. Continue reading

21st Annual Garden City Brew Fest, Missoula Montana

Missoula Montana 21st Annual Garden City Brew Fest

Missoula Montana 21st Annual Garden City Brew Fest

Finally winter had disappeared and it had become brew fest season!  My first brew fest of the 2013 year was the Garden City Brew Fest in Missoula Montana. Although it was the 21st year of this annual fest it was my first time attending, but surely will not be my last. Continue reading

Visiting Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Our time in Oregon had come to an end. The return drive was shorter than our drive there as we were taking I-5 home, but it was still about a 12 hour drive (not to mention my dad drives slow). Also there would be no brewery stop to break up the time 🙁 Continue reading

Applegate Valley Wine Tasting, Southern Oregon

Applegate Wine Tasting, Southern Oregon

Applegate Wine Tasting, Southern Oregon

The next day we were going to meet one of my cousins in Medford Oregon for dinner. Although I was not involved much in the planning of the overall trip to Oregon, I did what I always do when going somewhere, investigate the area a bit.  One may describe it as tearing through every tourist information website and blog I can find… but I call it investigating.

I had found that there were several wineries in the area, especially in the Applegate Valley.  I did not want to push my luck with my dad and ask for a brewery stop at Deschutes and then stop at a bunch of wineries so I never mentioned the wineries. Once it was announced that we were driving to Medford I looked at my aunt and whispered “can we stop at some wineries”. I couldn’t help myself, I love wine! Continue reading

Visiting Crescent City California: Seals, Sea Lions and a Lighthouse… oh my!

Seals and Sea Lions near the Chartroom Restaurant, Crescent City California

Seals and Sea Lions near the Chartroom Restaurant, Crescent City California

After we had finished up at the beach we decided to take an early dinner at the Chart Room Restaurant down the road. As we pulled into the parking lot I saw sea lions and seals lounging on a peer soaking up the sun.

We got out of the car and were greeted with the most unpleasant smell from the seals and sea lions which I can only assume puts a damper on the restaurant’s outside seating in the summer. As we approached the restaurant we got an up close view of the seal lions and seals. I had never been so close to these massive animals before, however I was pretty sure I could out run them if necessary. Continue reading