Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SubarUs Nine: Boise to West Yellowstone

With the Tetons in the distance we know we are getting closer to Yellowstone!

We are getting even closer!

We made it!  
It is a good thing that we have been slowly acclimatizing.  
It is finally in the low 20s.

Raya met us at our hotel and we all walked to Three Bear Lodge (where she guides), to pick up our helmets for tomorrow.  We couldn't have a better location, right in between Raya and Josh and Three Bear Lodge, all just a few minute walk away.

So excited to be here.

Where Russian River meets Yellowstone National Park.  Our road trip is all coming together.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SubarUs Eight: Bend to Boise

Sweetheart donuts was our last stop in Bend before leaving for Boise, the most populous city in all of Idaho.

They specialize in peanut butter cream filled donuts and raspberry fritters.  (Un)fortunately we didn't try them all, but enjoyed those that we did eat.

The highway to Boise doesn't have a lot of variety (or snow), but it is pretty nonetheless. 

There must be a decimal missing.

Five hours later we arrived in Boise.
Construction started on the Idaho State Capitol Building 1905, fifteen years after Idaho became a state.

I believe in the South they call these men good ol' boys...

There are underground tunnels that connect the Capitol Building to the Supreme Court building, along with other government buildings, that are used daily by government employees, and are not open to the public.

Next on the Boise tour, per Raya and Josh's suggestion, is the Payette Brewing Company.  
The company is named after François Payette, a French Canadian trapper who became an early explorer of the US interior, and the Snake River, in the early 1800s.

Who wouldn't like to go to this LIBRARY!?
So exciting.

Some of our favorites are One in the Chamber and Blood Orange Rustler.

Idaho celebrates and honors the second amendment because why not.

Our last stop, another Steele suggestion, was Fork.  We couldn't have come on a better day, Tuesdays are fried chicken and waffle day (while supplies last, according to the menu).  Eric highly recommends them. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

SubarUs Seven: Bend

Our morning started at The Sparrow Bakery, a highly rated breakfast spot on Yelp.

I got the non-bacon breakfast sandwich while Eric had the Monte Christo.
We were not disappointed. 

The tiny eating area was packed so we were told to go to the Workhouse next door to eat at the long table in the center of the room, which we did and loved.

The Workhouse is an art co-op, where artists not only create their art but sell it.  Participating artists take turns deciding who will work that day, and the artist working is in charge of the sales for the entire building. 

Not only is beer and coffee art a nichey medium, but this artist is talented.

REI remodeled one of the only remaining lumber mills in 2004.
This area is now a outdoor mall.
The last time I was in Bend was seventeen years ago, I believe.  The city is so different now.

We have driven by these three smokestacks several times, having no idea until today that at the base is REI.

The mall is in an area called the Old Mill District, which has a walking path along the Deschutes River.

There is also a free Whitewater Park that always has a line of wetsuit clad surfers.

Downtown Bend has a cute alleyway with outdoor art displayed.

Right across the street from the alley is a homemade gelato shop. 
One of the great things about Oregon is their use of local products. 

Back at Deschutes Public House, after doing the tour yesterday, we could better appreciate the decorations.
Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale is named after the red chair ski lift at Mount Bachelor.

This is this year's art for the Jubelale's label.

Deschute's has their own bakery down the street, making their own bread and pretzels.

This is our coldest evening yet, 28°F, but there is no snow in the forecast.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

SubarUs Six: Klamath Falls to Bend

Eric and I have a new hobby, people watching at Walmart in Klamath Falls.  We have a theory that involves the gene pool, and all of the good looking people moving before breeding age.

I have never in my life seen so much camouflage.
I imagine it all makes ideal birthday presents, Christmas presents, anniversary presents...

Two hours into our drive, we got our first glimpse of Mount Bachelor!
We are almost in Deschutes County. 

We have been looking forward to going to Deschutes Brewery ever since we visited the brewery in Portland.  The original location is in Bend, at the brewery about ten minutes away.  We started at Deschutes Public House in downtown Bend for lunch.

The first flight of the trip!

Fig and gorgonzola pizza, my favorite!

Moving on.
We made a reservation weeks ago, thanks to the suggestion of Raya, to do the Deschutes Brewery  tour.  Starting in December of this year the price went from gratis to $5, but it was well worth it.

It comes with two tasters, a general description of how beer is made, as well as the history, and future, of Deschutes Brewery.  
They are in the process of opening up a brewery and Public House in Roanoke, Virginia.

This tap room is in the employee break room.  Every employee gets a pint of beer after work, and a case of beer a month (as well as stock options).

I love that Bend is cold but has a strong bike culture.
When will San Diego get it??

The bear was polar.  
I couldn't have done better myself.
That is nerd gold.  

Deschutes is the eighth largest craft brewery in the US.

Every year they choose an artist as the label for that year's Jubilale (their winter ale), and hang the art in the administration wing of the brewery.  I particularly liked this year's art.

For dinner we went to Sunriver Brewing Company.
(Bend has the highest number of breweries per capita in the US.)

And Happy New Year!!