I sat at a table in the Archer Ale House (1212 10th Street) in Bellingham Washington contemplating what to do. There was a lofty goal in front of me, The Bellingham Tap Trail. Being that I was only in town for a few days. Could I really collect 8 stamps before I left, to obtain my treasured tap trail prize? The two boys to the right of me had attempted the complete trail… in one day… but they had not finished. Instead, they were invited to leave from one of the tap trail establishments participating. Not overly shocking as completing that many breweries and pubs in one day could be considered borderline alcoholic, but let us give them an A for effort.
My attempt would be far less than the boy’s attempt, as I took the shorter of the two options. 8 stops as opposed to the entire trail of 19 stops.
Another travel year in the books! Here is our Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016.
Our 2016 travel schedule started early this year with a January trip to Thayne Wyoming to pick up the newest addition to our family, Jovi. Jovi had been patiently waiting for about a month for us to come and get her from the shelter she had been at for about 6 months. With a break in the weather Boomer and I took a quick three day trip to pick her up. I could not have asked for a more perfect match for Boomer. Jovi and Boomer are the best of friends. Which made the treacherous drive through a snowy Montana and Idaho in January worth it!
When I was in my late teens my mom said to me “Go to as many concerts as you can”. Although her statement was simple the meaning behind it was important to her. Like most parents they want their children to have a better life than they did, experience more, be successful and lead a life they are proud of.
Some say that it is the journey, not the destination that is the most important part of the trip. As a lover or road trips I am a believer of this theory. Although the destination often gives me the achievement of reaching my goals for either the day, the purpose of the trip or checking off a bucket list item, it is often the path that gets me there that is the most enjoyable.
During my mid-summer trip to Western Washington my path had me making a brief stop at the summit of Snoqualmie pass at DruBru Brewery. At the time of my visit the brewery was just about 6 months old. Although the brewery was still in it’s infant stages a warm and inviting tasting room paired up with flavorful beers could convince you else wise. The brewery at the time of my visit was self-distributing to 75 bars. According to their website, as of April 2015, they are now distributing to 80 bars, mostly located in western and central Washington.
While visiting the Olympic Peninsula last year I decided to do something I rarely do, go to the beach. I do not visit beaches often because I am pale skinned and sunburn easily. I have even been know to burn in the shade. However the Olympic Peninsula Beaches are not your typical beaches. They are often socked in by fog and mist that camouflages the sun, which leads me to believe they are the right kind of beaches for this pale girl!
Earlier in my trip I had visited my friend Amy, who lives north of Seattle. She knew that I was going to make a stop in Forks and at the Hoh Rain Forest so she recommended that I stop by Fish Tail Brewing in Olympia Washington on my way home. It was taking the long way home but I have said it before and I will say it again sometimes I go great distances for beer.
It was late in the afternoon when I arrived to Olympia and I still had not had lunch yet. Fortunately Fist Tail Brewing offered a food menu in addition to their beers, which came in handy as I could take out two birds with one stone. Pump myself full of both beer and food. I walked into the taproom, adorably called The Fish Bowl, and found myself a seat at the bar. I skimmed over the beer list that is comprised mostly of organic ales. Organic is not a term that one can throw around in the United States. To officially call your product organic it has to be certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And while I do not believe organic beer is superior over other beers at least I can rest assure that the beer was made with ingredients that will not grow a foot out of my head!
As cliche as it is, I often find myself looking for the iconic shots of the certain places that I visit. Arches National Park, you bet I took a photo of Delicate Arch. Santa Monica Pier, yep, I have a photo of the sign leading down to the pier. Chicago, of course a photo of The Bean is in my possession. So when I arrived to the Hoh Rain Forest I went looking for the cute old phone booth covered in a layer of moss, that I had seen several photos of when researching the Hoh Rain Forest. I was perplexed with where the phone booth covered in moss was as I stood near the visitor center. After ten minutes or so of being unsuccessful in locating the phone booth I took out my cell phone to google the location of the phone booth. It was both ironic and disappointing. Ironic in the fact that I was using a phone to find a phone and disappointing as my cell phone revealed that the phone booth had been taken down and was no longer at the Hoh Rain Forest thus taking away all cliche photographers hopes of capturing the photo of the mossy phone booth.
I have to admit something. I have never read the Twilight Trilogy. Now I will wait for a collective gasp from some of you, especially given the title of this post. I was on the fence about visiting Forks Washington. Mostly because there was not much there, and what was, centered around the love affair between Bella and Edward. And while that did not completely deter me, my true reason for visiting the area was the Hoh Rain Forest. Forks was nearest town to the Hoh Rain Forest so it made logical sense to stay in Forks.