California Trip 2013: Day 2 Disneyland, Anaheim California

Disneyland 2013

Disneyland 2013

I thought Disneyland would be an easy task as it was January, although a weekend, I felt that there would not be a lot of people – it is after all the middle of winter. Turns out I was wrong, it was Martin Luther King Jr weekend and it was packed. We waited longer in line to get in to the parking lot and then into the ticket window than we did in any line inside (thankfully!) Continue reading

California Trip 2013: Day 1 The Queen Mary, Long Beach California

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California

The Queen Mary in Long Beach California

I still remember vividly the day my friend, Meg, told me she was quitting her job at the company we both worked for and she was moving to “California”. My response “Northern?”. She said no and my excitement dwindled. None the less I still promised I would visit her and for some reason when I tell someone something I feel the need to do it. Continue reading

Trip Rewind Nebraska: Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha Nebraska

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Desert Dome

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Desert Dome

I am not a fan of zoos. I hate seeing animals caged up but the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was highly recommend by my friend Jen and Stacie, the bride of the wedding I had attended. I arrived to the zoo with not much time before I needed to get to the airport. I guess I had spent too much time at the air museum and safari, but me running behind was typical. Continue reading

Trip Rewind Nebraska: Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari, Ashland Nebraska

Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari

Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari

While I was visiting the Strategic Air & Space Museum I had noticed a pamphlet for the Lee G Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari. Never one to pass up adding more to an already booked schedule I decided to continue my morning adventure in Ashland by taking in a few “wild” animals before returning to Omaha. Most importantly I got to continue driving my rental car that I was thoroughly enjoying… it had a few more horses under the hood than my non-souped up truck at home. Continue reading

Trip Rewind Nebraska: Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland Nebraska

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 Omaha Nebraska.

Omaha Nebraska

Omaha Nebraska

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South Dakota Trip in Review

I had another great solo trip under my travel belt. A few things learned:
1. If I have to arrive late to a hotel, make sure it’s in a safe spot.
2. No matter how I try to conserve gas on a road trip I will most likely fail due to my lead foot.
3. I also learned to not be worried about embarrassing myself, most likely I’ll never see those people again so it does not matter.
4. Be bold, walk confident and always look like you know what you’re doing even if you don’t (unless you’re lost and then ask for directions! )
5. And most important if anyone sends a judgmental eye your way because they see you’re alone (and trust me I got the looks) – send them a look back of ‘I’m a strong independent person and you wish you could do things on your own’.  And if you can muster that with a look of the eye you should also be impressed with yourself that you can communicate that much with just a look of the eye!

Below is a photo recap of our trip from Idaho to South Dakota. Continue reading

Day 8 Virginia City / Bannack State Park / Butte, Montana

I always had a fond memory from my childhood of Virginia City Montana. My parents had taken me there on a family vacation and we panned for gold, rode a train from Virginia City to Nevada City (the town next door) and from what I remember Virginia City was a cute western themed town. As I arrived into town I was greeted by another round-up, this time some loose cows. Cowboys on horses and a few dogs moved the cattle to where ever they should have been and I was able to make my way into town. Continue reading

Day 7 Fort Washakie, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Wyoming

Grateful to be on my way the next morning from our “fantastic” hotel (Don’t worry I had to wake up the clerk again to get checked out… what is with this guy?) we still had a long way to go ahead of us.

We took a quick detour to Fort Washakie to visit Sacajawea’s grave. Continue reading

Day 6 A Cold War lesson at Minuteman Missile Silo, South Dakota

Minuteman Missile Silo, South Dakota

Minuteman Missile Silo, South Dakota

Our time in South Dakota was coming to an end as we would start our way back home on this day. Before leaving South Dakota I made one last stop at the Minuteman Missile Silo just outside of Wall. Who doesn’t need a little cold war education on their road trip? And with missiles buried in South Dakota that is just what you’ll find. Continue reading

Day 6 Visiting Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Pinnacles Entrance at the Badlands National Park

Pinnacles Entrance at the Badlands National Park

Prior to leaving for the Badlands National Park I took Boomer out to the hotel’s approved patch of pet grass for his morning potty break and witness something strange. There was a man also with his dog. The dog relieved it’s self and the man and dog went back into their hotel room. Shortly there after the man appeared again with the dog, took it over to the grass and again the dog relieved it’s self. He went back into the hotel and appeared again with the dog, back to the grass, it relieved it’s self and they went back into the hotel room.  I was totally confused and frustrated that this dog had gone to the bathroom three times and mine still had not gone. Continue reading