One year ago today we left Denver, CO. Since then we’ve driven 29,500 miles, traveling through 17 states and 3 Canadian provinces. We have made home in 95 different campsites…from the desert, to farms, to the infield at the Daytona 500!
We’ve seen a lot in 365 days, and certainly couldn’t ever have imagined that this anniversary would find us holed up in Florida amidst a pandemic. We feel exceedingly fortunate that we have such an amazing travel year under our belts, and that we (and our loved ones) are safe and healthy. It seems likely that we will pause our itinerary in May, and head back to Colorado until life resumes some normalcy. In the meantime we thought it would be fun to reflect on the highlights from the past year! Check back over the coming week or so to see more top 10 lists added to this post.
Top 10 Breweries
Isolation has given me a great opportunity to review our travels over the past year in the context of a topic near and dear to my heart…Breweries! We have visited many; many great ones, many Ok ones and a few so-so ones. Here are our 10 favorites…best enjoyed while drinking a beer!
10. Alvarado Street Brewery – Monterey Bay, CA
This was a very cute courtyard brewery that made pretty good beer. We enjoyed an afternoon there after visiting the Aquarium.
9. Russian River Brewing Co – Sacramento, CA
On recommendation from Chris Farland. This brewery did not disappoint!
8. Yukon Brewing Co – Whitehorse, YT
Fine little place in Whitehorse, good beer and they served whiskey too! Extra bonus!
7. Klondike Brewing Co – Skagway, AK
Nice little brew pub, we stopped in after getting off the ferry from Juneau!
6. Denali Brewing Co – Talkeetna, AK
Fun place, great beer!
5. Coastal Dayz Brewery – Ft Meyers, FL
We met Paul and Mary here while staying in Pine Island, FL. We enjoyed meeting the owners, Lisa and Greg, who are friends of the family.
4. 49th State Brewing – Healy and Anchorage, AK
We had a great time in both the Anchorage and Healy locations. They make Great Beer and decorate with bizarre taxidermy! Photo with Paul on their deck overlooking Anchorage.
3. St. Elias Brewing – Soldatna, AK
This was a small place near Kenai, they do a great job. If you get there, taste the Willawaw IPA!
2. Alaskan Brewing – Juneau, AK
This is our long standing favorite, they had a chance to be number one but they stopped making the Winter Ale!
1. Rogue Ales – Newport, OR
Rogue won by far! They make a lot of REALLY GOOD BEER!!! Combat Wombat, Batsquatch, Dead Guy in Whiskey Barrels….and it was a short bike ride from our campground on Newport Beach. We will be back!!!
And my tattoo!
Honorable Mention – Costco in Oregon
For the best Costco bomber selection ever!
Check out the other Top 10 Lists! (more to come soon)