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Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016

Paws For Beer Travel Round Up 2016
Boomer and Jovi ready for adventure!

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!

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A bison herd at Yellowstone National Park

After entering Yellowstone National Park traffic slowed to a crawl. Cars were pulled off to the side of the road and the faint sound of camera shutters were snapping. A small herd of bison were taking their leisurely stroll for the day and the park visitors were consumed by the opportunity of capturing a photo of these large mammals.

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Too close to the bison!

Brave, yet dimwitted people, were literally taking their lives into their hands as they encroached upon the herd. People will never learn. A safe distance and a zoom lens is all you need… to stay alive.

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Paws For Beer Utah/Colorado/Arizona/Wyoming Wrap Up

a trip wrap up of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming
Boomer at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

What started out as our spring trip turned out to be Boomer’s and my only trip together last year. It was disappointing that Boomer stayed home for the rest of the year but we did have an enjoyable time on our spring trip together. Below is a wrap up of our Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming adventures together.

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Mormon Row Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Mormon Row Grand Teton
Mormon Row Grand Teton National Park

The park ranger’s voice echoed throughout the almost empty Grand Teton visitors center “The road to Yellowstone is closed”. Although she was not speaking directly to me her comment resulted in a furrowed brow from me. With the “road to Yellowstone” closed, otherwise known as the John D. Rockerfeller Jr Memorial Parkway, it would not only derail our plans for the day but also our route home as I had intended on passing through Yellowstone National Park on the last day of our trip. I now had to start accepting the fact that I would be driving over Teton Pass once again to get home and at the time unbeknownst to me with a fresh layer of slippery snow on it. Fun times for me my friends.

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I’m a kid again at Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant Jackson Wyoming

Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant
Jackson Wyoming… or Jackson Hole Wyoming, however you call it.

As a child my family and I use to visit Jackson, which I thought we called it Jackson Hole at that time. I am not sure when the change happened or more of the drop of the word “hole” was, but it appears it is now called just Jackson.

Or maybe I just was not up to speed as to what was going on. And maybe I was not, I was a little kid after all. Even as an adult I am sure I still do not know half of what is going on. But sometimes it is best to be unaware of some things, am I right?

I still refer to Jackson as Jackson Hole, it is a habit I am not willing to break. Kind of like my beer habit. The term “hole” actually refers to the Jackson Hole Valley, which includes the town of Jackson. The hole is the area between the Teton Mountain Range and the Snake River. So I can still refer to the town as Jackson Hole and be vaguely correct.

And now that I have devoted way too much time to the world “hole” let’s move on…

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Beer Tasting At Snake River Brewing Jackson Wyoming

 Snake River Brewing Jackson Wyoming
Snake River Brewing Jackson Wyoming

Before I go to any brewery I check out their website to see what beers they have and do a little planning for what I might order. Sometimes this pre-shopping will make or break a visit to the brewery. If the tasting notes are vague or the list includes beer styles I do not enjoy, such as Belgium styles, I may skip the brewery all together.

Snake River Brewing’s beer list was neither vague nor included an over abundance of Belgium styled beers. The list of beer was impressively large, with several styles of beer represented. But for me it was not the size of the list, but the clever beer names that caught my eye. With names like “Rye Not”, “White Snake”, “YB Bitter” “Dark Helmet” “Custer’s Last Ale” and my personal favorite “License to Pils” how could I not want to swing in and grab a pint from Snake River Brewing while I was in Jackson?

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Photo Friday 1/24/2014 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park Photo
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From our 2012 visit to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. During our visit in late fall we experienced lesser crowds, which was enjoyable. We also came to the park while the trees were changing colors for the fall season. Vibrant colors of reds and yellows splashed across the park as they contrasted against the teal blue lakes. You can read more about our visit to Grand Teton National Park by following this link.

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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.

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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.