Beers of the Northern Rockies and the Northwest

Beers of the Northern Rockies and the Northwest

Read the stats and we’re a Budweiser nation. Travel around, and it seems like nobody drinks the stuff. Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin is a Miller strong-hold that spreads into the surrounding area. Same with Yuengling and the Pennsylvania area and Coors and Colorado. Meanwhile, …

Visiting Lake Pend Oreille and My Dad’s College Buddy, Jeff

Visiting Lake Pend Oreille and My Dad’s College Buddy, Jeff

While passing through northern Idaho, we stopped to visit one of my Dad’s college buddies, Jeff, and his wife, Mary, for an action-packed 24 hours. Jeff and Mary have a place on Lake Pend Oreille (means earring, loosely), a large lake north of the more touristy …

How Boise became one of my favorite towns

How Boise became one of my favorite towns

It didn’t happen all at once. When we first visited Boise, it was January and the city seemed to be asleep. I enjoyed the Basque restaurants, hiking in the foothills with friends, and The Modern Hotel and Bar…but I wasn’t yet in love with the …

Unimaginable Luxury at The Modern Hotel and Bar in Boise

Unimaginable Luxury at The Modern Hotel and Bar in Boise

The Modern Hotel and Bar is the best hotel, and bar, in Boise. It may be the best hotel, and bar, in the entire state of Idaho. The Hotel After camping for six weeks straight, it’s hard to overemphasize how luxurious our room at The …

Casey and Molly help restore our faith in humanity!

Casey and Molly help restore our faith in humanity!

As much as we loved southern Idaho, certain things were starting to drag us down. There were too many crazy kids, too many people with no respect for boundaries, too many insane drivers. For the majority of our travels, our fellow travelers have been retirees, …

Visiting Hemingway’s Grave in Ketchum, Idaho

Visiting Hemingway’s Grave in Ketchum, Idaho

Ernest Hemingway’s grave is in Ketchum, Idaho. The gravestone is spare and reserved. It’s off the main road, under a grove of trees, next to members of his family, and decorated with notes, coins, and the occasional bottle of booze. His gravestone reminded me of Mies Van …

The Idaho Drive: Ketchum to Boise via Stanley, Boise to McCall and back again.

The Idaho Drive: Ketchum to Boise via Stanley, Boise to McCall and back again.

We had some time to kill in the Boise area and we’d heard a lot about the surrounding mountains on our last visit, so we figured we’d get out and explore the area ourselves. Who knew Idaho could be so amazing? Here are some of …

Who Named it Craters of the Moon National Monument?

Who Named it Craters of the Moon National Monument?

When you visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, your first thought is that the person who named the place didn’t know too much about the moon. One wonders if he’d ever even looked at the moon. This is because the place he (most likely, it …

The #1 Thing to do in Boise is not in Boise

The #1 Thing to do in Boise is not in Boise

When you have an out-of-town visitor, what’s the number one thing you want to show them in your city/town? When I can manage to remember, I’m planning to ask random people this question and hopefully discover the people’s guide to the best things to do …