Yesterday Was National Beer Day – Did you miss it?

I guess I can’t be the only one that didn’t realize yesterday was National Beer Day … can I be?

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There’s something kind of heady about the days of prohibition, salacious even. The dark and smoky speakeasies with jazz flowing from the horns and flappers daring to show a little skin, bootleggers cruising through the woods trying to evade the fuzz in their Model Ts, with jars of moonshine jangling around in the rumble seat … good times. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly happy that it’s not prohibited now!

We toasted the anniversary of the end of prohibition with a suitable ale … don’t you think?

21 Amendment Brewery

Brought to you from    21 Amendment Brewery

Not that we really need an excuse to have a cold one … but we’ll take one when we can get it. LoL

We’re getting ready to head out to another destination this weekend. Just a short trip down to the Tacoma area for the next project. This will be our first time in that neck of the woods so if you have any suggestions for a nice place to stay please let me know. Thanks!

I’m really going to miss Fidalgo Bay RV Resort. I’m already getting a little sad about leaving, which is not the norm. I’m usually ready for a change after a few weeks. But I have really become smitten with the place. The grounds, the locations, the views, the bike path … yep, I’ll be pining away until we can get back up here. I’ll put together a review in the next week or so for you guys.

Another thing we’re going to miss, shockingly enough, is one of the breweries in Mt. Vernon. The Skagit River Brewery has turned into our “spot” for when we have to go into the Burlington area, about a half hour trip east from Anacortes.

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Cheers from Skagit River Brewery

Cheers from Skagit River Brewery

The place is very cozy and the staff members have always been friendly and attentive. There are several choices from a healthy hearty salad to your usual pub fair with a few comfort food specialties like shepherd’s pie and lamb stew in the mix as well. They also have a smoker going out back, so if you can’t find the sign just stop and smell the air for the scent of succulent beef and pork smoking away to perfection.

Credit TripAdvisor

Credit TripAdvisor

Then of course, there are the beers. 🙂

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Somewhere along the line our palates matured and we’re now drawn to … dare I say … real beer?? Quite an evolution seeing as we were die-hard Coors Lite drinkers just a  year or so ago. LoL Now our sophisticated taste buds prefer the taste of something a little bolder and full-bodied. Joe had even developed a love of the hoppier IPAs.

I usually opt for the Skagit Brown Ale here and Joe’s had the Farm to Market Ale, Scullers IPA and the Cold Beer Pilsner just for fun. They were all great!

Skagit Brown Ale in the forefront, Farm to Market Ale in the back.

Skagit Brown Ale in the forefront, Farm to Market Ale in the back.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get back up this way to enjoy our favorite little brewery. But for now I guess I better start looking for a few to check out around Tacoma.

Don’t forget, I’m open to any suggestions for an RV park in that area as well. Drop me a line if you know of one.

Oh Yes, one more thing … If you’re into Beer Travel and haven’t checked the kids from  The Society of Beer Travelers out yet and gotten your Beer Passport, get on over there. 🙂

Yes! You too can get this awesome beer society swag!!

~Cheers~

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Enjoying Anacortes, Washington

If we had to pick one place that felt most like home to us it would have to be Anacortes, Washing. Sounds strange to some, I know. Especially given the not so great weather a good deal of the time. But it’s so quaint and laid back that it’s hard not to fall in love with the area.

We’ve been staying at the Fildalgo Bay RV Resort since the beginning of February and I dare say I’d be happy to stay another month or two. But, as is usually the case, we never know exactly how long we’ll be here before we head to the next job.

I thought I’d take a few minutes today to share a few pics from the area.

Home is where we park it …

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Having the gazebo really makes a big difference in our comfort level outdoors. So we always try to get one when we can.

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

We took a hike up to Mt. Erie a couple of weekends ago. It’s the first time we’ve been up there. The view was fabulous so I’m sure we’ll go back.

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

We enjoy walking around the loop at Washington Park as well. We had some sunshine on the day we went last time.

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

 

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

Loop Road, Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

I’ve posted pics of Deception Pass before. But it’s too pretty there not to post a couple more. 😉

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

The Tommy Thompson Trail runs by the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort and we’ve been making the most of it while we can! It’s perfect for leisurely walks into town and quick bike trips to the market for odds and ends … and the views aren’t too shabby. 😉

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

The trail goes through a couple of dry storage areas for the marinas and although you can’t tell in the pics, the area is abuzz with boat prep for the season.

Anacortes, WA

Anacortes, WA

While these boats are still waiting for their trip to the dock, we did see some gorgeous vessels on one of our rides into town.

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Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Sea what I mean? It’s really hard not to fall in love with this place! I asked this guy and he said he thought it would be okay if we stayed here for a while … just sayin’. 😉

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That’s all for now. I hope wherever you are you’re enjoying the beauty around you. 🙂

~Cheers~

Semiahmoo Bay – Blaine, WA

We took advantage of the sunshine yesterday and strolled along the Semiahmoo Bay in Blaine, Washington.

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

That’s White Rock, Canada across the bay. Still no passports in hand, so traveling into Canada will have to wait for another day.

White Rock, Canada

White Rock, Canada

Semiahmoo Park has a great paved bike path as well as gravel trails along the peninsula that leads to The Resort and Marina. Drayton Harbor is to the east of the roadway.

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

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It was hard to capture the brilliant red of these berries but they were so pretty against the blue of the harbor …

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Semiahmoo Marina reflecting the setting sun …

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The shadows started getting longer, so it was time to head back. The walk from the parking lot at The Cannery Lodge to the Semiahmoo Resort is about 1.25 miles, a perfect 2.5 mile stroll round trip. 🙂

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But not before I stopped to feed the “horse” … lol

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This was one of the coolest dead trees we’ve seen. It sort of looked like Pegasus to me. 🙂

20141123_155410 Happy Monday folks!

~Cheers~

The Historic Columbia River – Route 30 Oregon

20140430_120536 I know I’ve said it before, and bear with me folks I’m sure you’ll hear it from me again and again, but boy …  what a beautiful country we live in!!

We are in a holding pattern of sorts while waiting for the next project to start so we decided to see some of the beautiful scenery we missed the last time we traveled along Interstate 84 East to get to Salt Lake City. Last year we were in a hurry to get to the next gig and we came through here at night. We decided that if we ever had the chance to travel this route again we would make sure it was during the day. I’m so glad we did! 20140430_120235There are several places to stop and take in the amazing vistas along the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway, Route 30 and all of them (the ones where we stopped at least) were free. Seeing as we’re in that “holding pattern” I mentioned, free things to do and  boondocking options  are what life will be about for the next week or two. 🙂 Truth be told, we prefer boondocking whenever we get the chance, so this certainly isn’t a hardship.

Our first stop along the scenic highway was at the Portland Women’s Forum …

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Yes, that’s our H.O.W. up there tucked away safely off the road. The parking lot just sort of jumped up on us. LoL  It was worth the walk back to see the view though … 20140430_123020  Next stop the Vista House at Crown Point. We managed to find a spot at this one 😉  …

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It was super windy up there the day we stopped. Maybe it’s always windy because there were actually a few windsurfers on the river.

Can you see them down there?

Can you see them down there?

View to the east at Crown Point

View to the east at Crown Point

View to the west at Crown Point

View to the west at Crown Point

The road was just as pretty as the designated viewing areas in many spots. So lush and green, an enchanted forest of sorts  …

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There were even a few spots that got the old blood pumping! Yikes 🙂

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No worries, plenty of room says Mr. G …

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The first falls we stopped at was Latourell Falls …

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Just a short little stroll up the hill …

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To see this baby-sized fall  …

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Now, onward to the mommy-sized fall, Multnomah Falls …

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Multnomah Falls April 2014

Multnomah Falls April 2014

Wondering where the Multnomah Falls are located?

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It was a beautiful day to take in the scenery along route 30 as well as Interstate 84 heading East. Looking across the Columbia River back to Washington …

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A great day for a sail on the river …

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We passed a couple of dams along the way. Managed to get a quick pic of The Dalles Dam …

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The next one we’ll see will be the John Day Dam, but we didn’t get quite that far yet. We decided to spend a few days boondocking on a spot on Army Corps of Engineers land in Rufus, Oregon.

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If you want to check back in a few days I should have a post on how the boondocking went. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at our site …

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That’s all for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

~Cheers~

 

Anacortes … “The Key West of the Northwest”

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Anacortes … The “Key West of the Northwest” – I’d love to be able to say I coined that phrase, but sadly, no. It was this guy…

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Bill Mitchell, Anacortes Mural Artist

If you’ve spent any time driving through the quaint maritime hamlet of Anacortes, Washington, you’ve no doubt spotted the murals in the downtown area. Native son, Bill Mitchell created the murals starting back in 1984 and today there are 125 works of art located around the village.

I spotted Mitchell once last year. He was tooling around in a motorized contraption the likes of which I had never seen before. (The ride he’s captured in above.) I had no idea then that he was the paraplegic artist who created the murals. I wish I had because I may have had the courage to ask him about his work personally.

Instead it only took a quick Google search of the Anacortes Mural Project to get lots of information on both Mitchell and the murals themselves, albeit with a much less personal touch. Mitchell, known as a character in his own right, has done a wonderful job of injecting character into his work. That fact that he is also a town historian gave him plenty of inspiration to draw on … literally.

In an interview a few years ago, Mitchell, called Anacortes “The Key West of the Northwest”. Because it’s sort of the end of the road, meaning you either turn around or take a ferry to continue your journey. I’ll admit I laughed out loud when I first heard that. I mean Key West is on my bucket list too and I never would have put the two places in the same category.

But, after thinking about it for a bit, I think I agree with Mitchell. It doesn’t take long to realize you’re in a marina, port, fishing community. Just pop into any business on Commercial Avenue and you’re more likely than not to see someone still in their deck boots and wet from a day’s work on a boat. Stop in for a local brew or bite to eat at one of the cozy pubs along the strip and chances are you’ll overhear a fish tale or two.

True, the weather doesn’t usually cooperate when you’re looking to partake in some fruity, umbrella-capped, rum drinks on the sand at sunset. But, there certainly is a laid-back, “island time” feel to the place. I think the “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” mindset goes a long way to make visitors feel like Anacortes is an experience – not just a destination.

And now, without further ado, here are just a few of Mr. Mitchell’s wonderful murals …

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broken

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I guess the Bootleg Cab is as good a place as any to leave off. LoL There are so many to see! If you’re ever in this area of the state, take the time to make Anacortes a must see. It’s worth the trip! Like the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce says… “Coast in. Hang out.” 🙂

~Cheers~