The inside of Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon has been shaped by not geography, but by geology. The lava lands of Newberry National Volcanic Monument offer gorgeous sites and hikes to astound you, especially if you’re used to the green trees and ferns of western Washington. With tons of options, some being only twenty […]
There’s no oxen needed on this Oregon trail! Instead, the Bend Ale Trail is a collection of breweries in or near Bend where you can get stamps to turn in for prizes. They also provide ~Drinkable Diversions~ if you have any non-beer drinkers in the group. I dove headfirst into the Ale Trail and emerged […]
Microbrews, micro post. I know the term ‘microbrew’ got replaced by ‘craft beer,’ but I feel like that switch happened on a dime and I look old when I slip up and say ‘microbrew.’ Either way, there’s great beer to be had here after any hike, from coast to mountains.
As easy as Goat Lake was, the 1300 feet elevation made my still-bum hip flare up–a major disappointment as I had been wanting to do some tough hikes to prepare for an upcoming camping/hiking trek. I was worried it’d be a lost cause–where can one find an easy-yet-still-pretty hike within two hours from Seattle?
The Mountain Loop Highway, originating in Granite Falls, is rich with amazing hikes. Growing up further north of Seattle, I had easy access to the plethora of adventures offered here. However, I hadn’t yet conquered Goat Lake.
I used to have a serious problem as a child collecting things. Beanie Babies, Tamogotchis, rocks, shells, even tile samples at Eagle Hardware (RIP). My mother just LOVED it when I’d pick a new item to take up space in the house. As an adult, I’ve calmed down–a bit. Now I collect things like beer coasters […]
After my harrowing brush with a rattlesnake, I needed a beer, stat. Idaho has many breweries to sample in Boise, so I wanted to try out a few while in town. This is a more condensed version of my typical beer posts as my visits were all condensed.