The following is a guest post by our globe-trotting buddy, Nathan Anderson of The Open Road Before Me. Read on for Nathan's account of trail and ale adventures in New Zealand, and be sure to check out his site for more adventurous travel stories!
When I moved to the North Island of New Zealand, I wanted to be somewhere central. Somewhere I could use as an adventure hub, sallying forth to explore what the North had to offer. When I got a job as a receptionist in Taupo, I got just what I was looking for. Taupo is about as central as you can get, and is snug on the northern shore of the largest lake (by surface area) in New Zealand. Volcano cones and pillars of steam dot the horizon, and adventure activities abound.
During our latest adventure, we researched a story for the Everett Herald on Highway 2. From backpacking Barclay Lake to hiking Bridal Veil Falls and enjoy pints at Mt. Index Brewery, we had a jam-packed weekend. Read about it here!
We went all out(doors!) for our first feature with OutdoorsNW magazine, "The Northwest Original Since 1988". Being born in '88 myself, I think I'll adopt that slogan moving forward.
Anyways, the article. It's about (surprise!) hiking and breweries in the North Cascades. We wrote about a few new places this time around, so be sure to check it out!
What do hikers crave most after a long, strenuous outing? A hot meal and a cold drink. Read more at WhatcomTalk!
Our friends Stacy and Brandon of Pacific North Wanderers interviewed us! Head over to their site to check it out, and be sure to leave them some love while you're there. Cheers!
For our first "Featured Friends" post, we welcome Stacy and Brandon of Pacific North Wanderers. They caught our eye on Twitter a couple months ago by sharing great content and SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM for hiking. We love it. And you will, too. Without further ado, meet the Wanderers!
We recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kimberly of Adventure, Brews, and Views. Kimberly (aka ABV Girl) is a fellow outdoors adventurer and craft beer enthusiast. Based in Portland, OR, she's doing a smashing job of promoting a healthy, adventurous lifestyle. Keep living boldly, Kimberly!
Check out the interview here, and show her site some love!
We are very excited to announce our first product, the Trails and Ales Journal!
Our Trails and Ales Journal is perfect for recording your beer hiking adventures, from backcountry to brewery. Featuring original illustrations by Rachel Wood, these journals are lightweight and compact. Throw one in your pack today, or make it a gift for a friend!
Our latest article for MapQuest pairs three North Cascades hikes with nearby breweries. Cheers!
The following story involves neither hiking nor beer. Shocking, we know. What it does involve is travel, a lovely lodge, the great outdoors, and a bottle of wine. Enjoy!
Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon has a great network of multi-use trails, and expansive views of the Skagit Valley from the top. Read more in our latest Washington Trails write-up below!
Our latest Northwest Weekend feature is now published in the January 2016 issue of Washington Trails Magazine! We had a lot of fun researching this one - it was a great excuse to stay at two of the lodges we covered. Read more about our stay at Kalaloch Lodge, and check out the Winter Retreats feature below.
Web Version at wta.org
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Check out our Table Mountain feature in the September + October 2015 issue of Washington Trails Magazine!
Lily Lake - Oyster Dome Loop is one of our favorite year-round trails. With the chance to dip your toes in a mountain lake and savor Salish Sea views from Oyster Dome, this 5.5-mile loop is darn near perfect. We know it affectionately as "Oyster Lily".
We featured Oyster Lily in the July + August 2015 issue of Washington Trails Magazine. Click the photo below for a PDF copy!
Can you really have too much of a good thing? I’m not talking about moderation to stave off a hangover, but a question of brewery saturation. The “Craft Beer Bubble” has been a topic of business and investment magazines for the last few years. But these articles are written from a decidedly “outsider” perspective, going out of their way to poke fun at all those kooky names and styles--Chocolate coffee Porter? In a beer!--throwing around numbers to prove that “Big Beer” is still reigning in the bucks. I’m not sure I agree that we’re about to see a burst, because I feel like a burst accompanies the death of a trend--and craft beer is not a trend in the way that cake pops and cupcakes were.
Last month, Boots and Brews News covered what the impact of a low snowpack and the possibilities of drought have on summertime hiking. What about beer though? We’ve already talked about water conservation in beer making, but in terms of future innovations we can look forward to. Right now though, going into a third summer of drought, California beer needs a water solution.
In another lifetime or a parallel universe, I would have been a pika researcher. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of hiking in the mountains is encountering these critters; their tell-tale “MEEEeeepp!!!” instantly puts a smile on my face. With adorable features and a temperamental constitution, pika are found living in the scree of alpine slopes in Europe, Asia, and North America. If you are unfamiliar, or unconvinced of their majesty, I urge you to check out this video:
Last week, WTA posted an article, “Weird Weather, Low Snowpack: What to Expect in an Usual Early Hiking Season” providing tips to hikers eager to hit the trails. It’s worth the read, with the overall message, “It's an odd season, and we'll need to rely on each other to stay safe and updated on the fast-changing conditions.” But can we really get excited about an extended hiking season without feeling just a touch of concern?
Our latest article in Washington Trails Magazine: Kukutali Preserve! Check it out in the March + April 2015 issue.