Breweries and More

Monday, June 7th through Wednesday June 9th Mini Road Trip

We took time off from walking to go on a road trip to meet up in Bend, Oregon with some friends from Boise, Idaho. Bend was a good half-way point for us to meet. Well, not really, Bend is ranked third in the nation for the most breweries per capita. That probably had a lot to do with the location. We arrived Sunday after a six-hour drive and were able to visit a few of the 22+ breweries and have dinner in a pub.

The next morning, Monday, we picked a place near our motel for breakfast, Palmer’s Café and Motel. After a third of a mile walk, we found the parking lot empty. Closed on Monday. Our fault, Google showed it was closed. A little more walking, we ended up at a Brown Bear Restaurant which was good, but not the “local” café we were looking for.

After breakfast, we headed for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and hiked the five-hundred foot elevation change up the Lava Butte.

Well, not really, we drove up, but we did hike around the rim, so that counts. We also hiked into the Benham Falls on the Deschutes River.

This did not look like falls to us. Perhaps cascades? Still, a pleasant walk.

Okay, enough of the nature stuff, it was now two in the afternoon and there were breweries to visit. We visited Crux Brewing.

It was a nice venue with good beer. Then we moved to, Immersion Brewing. Not as good a venue, but another good beer. We then went back to the hotel for a rest. The hiking took a lot out of us.

After our rest, we visited the Boss Rambler Beer Club on a recommendation of a friend. The beer was good, but we felt we were in a Starbucks that served beer. Nearby was the 10 Barrel Brewery, but it had an estimated 30-minute wait, so we proceeded to Sunriver Brewing where we had dinner. And beer, of course. At Sunriver, the beer and the food were good, but our server needed a personality transplant, all business and no smiles.

The next morning, we were headed back to our respective homes, but we started with a local breakfast. We headed back to Palmers’ Café. This time, the parking lot was nearly full. We were dreading the thirty-minute wait, but we were immediately ushered to a table. The waitress took our orders and brought our coffee. The café seemed to be running very efficiently.

As we were chatting with our friends, a guy finished bussing a table near us and asked if everything was okay. We replied it was and he engaged us in a conversation. It turned out, he owns the place. He told us that years ago, he was injured playing softball, went into a coma for months, pronounced dead a couple of times but survived and had a long recovery. It appears he is financially well-off and purchased the motel. He said the rooms, we are guessing about eight, were used by homeless families. Quite the philanthropist.

On the way home, we spent a night in Hood River, Oregon. When we were about thirty miles from Hood River, we were following a truck when we saw an animal ahead that looked like it might be a coyote, but it was a medium-sized dog running at full speed up the road in the opposite direction from us. As it passed us, we could see it was wearing a harness. Both the truck and we pulled over. The truck continued on, but we decided to turn around and try to head the dog off. The highway was not busy but was winding with sections of short visibility.

As we were turning around, a young lady approached who was following the dog. We offered her a ride. She declined and said she worked for the Forest Service. The dog had returned to a nearby campground a few times, but when approached would run away again. We gave up our pursuit and continued to Hood River.

Hood River is one of our favorite towns. It is situated in the Columbia River Gorge, is touristy in the summer months and is a favorite place for wind surfing. Today with the unseasonably cold weather, there were only about fifteen wind surfers.

Oh, and we should mention, for a town with a population of about 8,000, Hood River has five breweries. Are you seeing a pattern here? Since we last visited, a new brewery has been established, Ferment Brewing Company. Of course, we had to give it a try.

They had a nice tasting area overlooking the Columbia. It also overlooked some shipping docks across the street. While enjoying our IPAs, we watched a guy on the shipping dock moving some pallets around. Then, using a leaf blower, he proceeded to clean up the loading dock.

He blew the random pieces of paper and debris off the dock and onto the grass. Good work! And yes, we had the urge to go pick it up, but, no we didn’t. We were on vacation, after all.


Thursday, June 10th, 2021 – 160th to 124th Street

Okay, back to our regularly-scheduled programming. We took three walking days off and we paid for it. Except for Saturday, our walks are typically about two hours. Today, because of the extra trash, we were out three hours. But it did pay off.

We found three pennies. On the flip side, we also removed a rabbit and a large raccoon from the road. Rabbits multiply like, well rabbits. But raccoons are rare. This is the 184th rabbit we have removed but only our 13th raccoon. Unlucky bastard!

We did find a tool.

It looked cheap and was rusty, but it was a Skilsaw blade tightening tool. Eight bucks on Amazon. So that’s worth something, if you have a Skilsaw, which we do not. So, it is still a cheap, rusty tool to us.

But this is something we can use.

It is a French language class worksheet. We work crossword puzzles and they use many French words. We both took German in our way-back high school days and the crosswords rarely use German. When they ask what French for orange is, we are ready.

We found an essay contest entry form for the Ayn Rand Institute.

Unfortunately, it appears to be for 1996. But there is a contest this year for Atlas Shrugged which we have read. First place is a ten-thousand-dollar prize. We could enter the twelfth-grade category.

Yet another wheel cover.

We found it near the freeway and decided to leave it at the park-and-ride near where the maintenance guy parks his truck. As we were approaching the parking spot, a Metro maintenance guy came out of the bus-driver restroom. It was the same guy who, about a year ago asked us not to pick up trash in the park-and-ride because it was his job, and he was afraid of losing his job during the pandemic. Now he is responsible for cleaning the restrooms, so he doesn’t care what we pick up in the park-and-ride. He did take our wheel cover, though. Thank you.

We found another cap.

A fishing cap, this one for eat fish, but they make similar ones for eat crab. We would have preferred crab, but we will keep an open mind and see how this hat tastes.

Finally, we found a discarded Sound Garden CD, Badmotorfinger.

Unlike most CDs and DVDs we find, this one was in pretty good condition. The music wasn’t bad, but not our style. We are of the Beatles era. Okay, we may have listened to some Oingo Boingo when our kids were growing up. It was Danny Elfman, for Pete’s sake.


Friday, June 11th, 2021 – 100th Ave NE

Okay, we are now back in the groove, but we still missed days on this route. More random trash causing a longer-than-usual walk. We found no money but did come across a very flat roadkill crow. Without thinking, we carefully peeled it from the pavement and placed it behind a tree. Very respectfully, we might add.

As we continued down the street, two crows followed us for a block, moving from tree-to-tree squawking. At first, we thought there must be a hawk or an owl in the area they were harassing. But we now believe they think we had something to do with their friend’s death. We need to watch our backs.

Along Juanita-Woodinville Way, we found an iPhone.

It had obviously been runover. When we got home, we attempted to charge it and got no response. We opened the SIM card slot, and the SIM card was missing, so we figure the phone was tossed on purpose. Do you think if we went to purchase a new iPhone, we could use this for a trade-in?

We found someone’s magnetic key.

If the purpose was to hide it under your fender in case you locked your key inside the car, it didn’t work. But this looks more like a house key, so a bicycle rider may have stuck it to his bicycle, so he did not need to carry his keys in his pocket. It didn’t work.

Week five since reporting this to the City of Kirkland.

Someone did kick the screen in, so I guess you could call that progress. And yes, we did pick up the littered napkin.

We did find several photos along Juanita-Woodinville Way.

Some looked like passport pictures, but some were from a photo booth at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas. The photo booth pictures had a code on them where you can order more copies and share a video of the photo session. Well, of course, we visited the site. The video was clever showing the moments leading to each photo. It could have been embarrassing, but it was not. And, no, we did not order any extra prints.

We found a bag of grass.

No, not that kind of grass, real grass. It was a dog-poop bag with ninety percent grass. By volume, not by weight. Very weird.

At a church we pass, we found another discarded crack pipe.

A cracked crack pipe.

Then there was this label we found.

This person needs some serious English grammar lessons. First “in” should be capitalized. Second, there should be a comma after “room.” And he totally misspelled “a**hole.”


Saturday, June 12th, 2021 – Riverside Drive & Brickyard Road

This was a beautiful morning, mostly clear skies and warm temperatures. We removed a roadkill rat from the road and almost needed to remove a fresh roadkill rabbit.

With very little traffic on Brickyard Road, a rabbit chose to run in front of a car and almost went to rabbit heaven. It was running very fast on four, very lucky rabbit feet.

We did find some money.

Yes, one stinking penny.

This could have ended badly.

Early in our walk as we approached 102nd Ave on Riverside Drive, we saw a car rolling backwards through the intersection with a girl following on foot. Our first thought was that she had got out of the car without putting it in park. The car jumped the curb and came to rest, relatively unscathed between two trees. There was a man in the car who had gone for help by the time we reached it. Talking to the girl, the engine died and started rolling backwards. We wished her luck and went on our way. After we had gone about a block, we heard an engine roar behind us and saw the car roaring up the hill and turn into a parking lot.

A new 2021 Graduate!

And a new 2021 Litterer.

We found more tools on the freeway onramps.

A punch, a screwdriver, and another utility knife. The punch and knife were in great condition. The screwdriver, not so much. It didn’t make it into our found tool collection.

Someone bought a flower for a gift.

“I’ll love you forever, or for as long as this rose can last inside this plastic bag in the sun.”


“I’ll love you forever, or until the personal lubricant runs out.”

This is number seven on our list of why we wear rubber gloves.

A water bottle with a yellow fluid in it. And yes, it was what you think it is.

The park-and-ride was free of the Coors Light cans we normally find but had plenty of random trash including this.

A box full of trash and more scattered around it. Someone cleaned out their vehicle. We picked up the scattered trash and added it to the box. We’ll see if the Metro workers pick it up.

Also, at the park-and-ride was a lost vehicle registration.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Why renew your car in Texas instead of Washington? According to the Texas DMV, the cost of registration is a total of $74. According to the Washington DMV, it depends on the car’s weight and value. For example, for a 2015 Toyota Prius, the fees total $298.25. Also, if you have a fully-electric car like a Tesla or Nissan Leaf, add an extra $225 for having a clean vehicle.

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