Ranges & Rivers 2020 Gallery

A selection of images from our 4,560-mile summer getaway. This was an alternate plan, created after flying became undesirable due to the pandemic. (We’ll save Portland and the Oregon Coast for when things are back to normal.) We managed to salvage existing plans from Stanley, Idaho through Dinosaur National Monument and found some incredible places on the way there and the way home to explore. The focus became less-popular NPS sites, camping, and lonesome wilderness areas centered around … Ranges and Rivers.

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Nick & Neil’s Best of 2019

Presenting the 2019 edition of the best things we ate and drank during our year in travel. (Ordered chronologically)

Food
1. Chilaquiles – Lunitas : Gibsons, BC
2. Ling Cod – Drift : Gibsons, BC
3. Crispy Brussels Sprouts – Wobbly Canoe : Sechelt, BC
4. Chef’s Menu – Acorn : Vancouver, BC
5. Pork & Prawn Wontons – Bao Bei : Vancouver, BC
6. Asparagus Tart – L’Abattoir : Vancouver, BC
7. Grilled Lamb Saddle – L’Abattoir : Vancouver, BC
8. Beet Salad – Burdock & Co : Vancouver, BC
9. Jaegerspatzel – The Old Salzburg : Radium Hot Springs, BC
10. Bison Trio – The Bison : Banff, AB
11. Cheeseburger Pizza – The Village Idiot : Revelstoke, BC
12. Elk Carpaccio – Tekarra Lodge : Jasper, AB
13. Campfire Creme Brûlée – Jasper Brewing : Jasper, AB
14. Spiced Beet Salad – Bridgette : Calgary, AB
15. Victoria’s Breakfast Sandwich and Hashbrowns – Pigeonhole : Calgary, AB
16. Special Fried Rice – Two Penny : Calgary, AB
17. Buffalo Stew – Buffalo Jump Cafe : Fort Macleod, AB
18. Ham & Swiss Waffle – Waffleton : Waterton, AB
19. Cornmeal Battered Sweet Corn – Yellowbelly : St. Louis, MO
20. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich – Grass Roots : Culpeper, VA
Best Food City: Vancouver, British Columbia

Drink
1. Stormrider NE IPA – Tapworks Brewing : Gibsons, BC
2. Tequizer – Lunitas : Gibsons, BC
3. Schwarzbier – Aframe Brewing : Squamish, BC
4. Trailbreaker IPA – Backcountry Brewing : Squamish, BC
5. Blood Moon – Keefer Bar : Vancouver, BC
6. Lemon Fog – Faculty Brewing : Vancouver, BC
7. Nebulousness Hazy IPA – Brassneck Brewing : Vancouver, BC
8. Crossroads Smoked Sour – Strange Fellows Brewing : Vancouver, BC
9. Paper Plane – The Diamond : Vancouver, BC
10. London Fog Tea – Coco et Olive : Vancouver, BC
11. Hazy Midwest Sunrise – Anvil & Forge : Springfield, IL
12. Switch Melon – Rumpus Beer Co : Revelstoke, BC
13. Huck Me Baby One More Time – Monashee Spirits : Revelstoke, BC
14. Ridgeline Double IPA – Folding Mountain Brewing : Yellowhead County, AB
15. King’s English – Annex Ale Project : Calgary, AB
16. Gris Gris – Proof : Calgary, AB
17. Huckleberry Shake – The Huckleberry Patch : Hungry Horse, MT
18. Queen of the West – Tupelo : Whitefish, MT
19. Hammerlock – Yellowbelly : St. Louis, MO
20. Radiant Rosé – Revalation Winery : Madison, VA
Best Drinking Country: Canada!

Best Overall Meal
Bao Bei – Vancouver, BC
Other Outstanding Restaurants
Drift – Gibsons, BC
Acorn – Vancouver, BC
L’Abattoir – Vancouver, BC
Burdock & Co – Vancouver, BC
The Bison – Banff, AB
Bridgette – Calgary, AB
Two Penny – Calgary, AB
Yellowbelly – St. Louis, MO

Outstanding Lodging
The Stoke – Revelstoke, BC
Pine Bungalows Cabin – Jasper, AB

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2019 Year in Review

Some statistics from our 2019 year in travel.
See Photos from our Trips here:
Spring Break Vancouver/Sunshine Coast
Summer Canadian Rockies Trip

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Statistics: Summer 2019 Canadian Rockies

Some  information  on  last  summer’s  road  trip

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Summer 2019 Canadian Rockies Gallery

 

Here’s a taste of the incredible scenery we experienced on our three-week trip to the Canadian Rockies from July 21 to August 10. It was tough to narrow it down to so few photos, but hopefully this captures the region and the gist of our experiences.

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Summer 2019 National Parks Basics

Here’s some basic location and comparison information on the parks we’re going to be visiting from July 21-August 9. We’re heading mostly north of the border to hit up 7 National Parks in the Canadian Rockies and then coming back into the U.S. to re-visit Glacier National Park (we were last there in summer 2013).

A list of a few of our planned activities and major hikes along the way:
Kootenay: Juniper/Sinclair Canyon hike (3.7mi), Paint Pots to Marble Canyon (4.2mi)
Banff: Johnston Canyon Upper Falls trail (3.7mi), Fairview Mountain (6.3mi) OR Lake Agnes/Plain of 6 Glaciers (9mi), Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes (5.3mi)
Revelstoke: Meadows in the Sky Parkway, hiking at summit
Golden, BC: Whitewater Exciter Rafting Trip on the Kicking Horse River
Yoho: Ranger-guided hike to Mt. Stephen fossil beds (5mi), Hike around Emerald Lake
Jasper: Ice Cubed Glacier WalkSulphur Skyline Trail (4.8mi)
Waterton Lakes: Wildlife Habitat Horseback TourCrypt Lake day hike (10.8mi)
Glacier (US):  High Line Trail plus Grinnel Overlook day hike (13.6mi), Two Medicine Lake boat tour

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Summer Trip Route Map

Introducing the official planned route of our summer 2019 Road Trip.
We’ll visit eight national parks, go whitewater rafting, walk on a glacier, stay in four different campgrounds and hike countless kilometers. Can’t wait!

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Vancouver Gallery – April 2019

Images from our 2019 Spring Break trip to Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. April 12-21, 2019.

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2018 Year In Review

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Nick & Neil’s Best of 2018

BestOf2018

Presenting the 2018 edition of the best things we ate and drank on our 2018 travels. (Ordered chronologically)

Food
1. Six course tasting menu – The Lakely : Eau Claire, WI
2. Umami Mama Pizza – Young Joni : Minneapolis, MN
3. Duck – Bardo : Minneapolis, MN
4. Hot Smoked Salmon Dip – Margot Cafe : Nashville, TN
5. Prime Rib Sausage – Von Elrod’s : Nashville, TN
6. Vidalia Pizza – City House : Nashville, TN
7. Scallop Cevice – N7 : New Orleans, LA
8. Little Gem – Bywater American Bistro : New Orleans, LA
9. Fried Chicken Sandwich – Toup’s Meatery : New Orleans, LA
10. French Toast with Fried Chicken – Paloma Cafe : New Orleans, LA
11. Chicken Roulade – Cafe Dodici : Washington, IA
12. Chinatown Sliders – Maven : San Francisco, CA
13. Tuna – Passionfish : Pacific Grove, CA
14. Fries with Aioli – Alaro Brewing : Sacramento, CA
15. Spicy Bolognese Pizza – Kerouac’s : Baker, NV
16. Crispy Pork Lettuce Wraps – East Liberty Tap House : Salt Lake City, UT
17. Mary’s Chicken – Pago : Salt Lake City, UT
Best Food City: New Orleans, LA

BestFood2018

Drink
1. Koldt Vinter – The Lakely : Eau Claire, WI
2. Peanut Butter Porter – Dangerous Man : Minneapolis, MN
3. You Can’t Beet This – Bardo : Minneapolis, MN
4. Epiphone – Tattersall Distillery : Minneapolis, MN
5. The Mack – Parlour : Minneapolis, MN
6. Daredevil Pour Over Coffee – Barista Parlor : Nashville TN
7. Jack McCoy – Gray and Dudley : Nashville TN
8. Don’t Abandon the Ship – Attaboy : Nashville TN
9. East Bay Bruto – Bacchanal : New Orleans, LA
10. Ramos Gin Fizz – Bar Tonique : New Orleans, LA
11. Resting Haze – Black Sands : San Francisco, CA
12. California Cooler – Horsefeather : San Francisco, CA
13. Old Prophet – Horsefeather : San Francisco, CA
14. Fruition IPA – South Gate Brewing : Oakhurst, CA
15. The Firecracker – Kerouac’s : Baker, NV
16. Rolling Waves – East Liberty Tap House : Salt Lake City, UT
17. Warrior Poet – Death & Co. : Denver, CO
18. Phil Winkelstein – Mississippi River Distilling : Le Claire, IA
Best Drinking City: Minneapolis, MN

BestDrinks2018

Best Overall Meal
Bywater American Bistro – New Orleans, LA
Other Best Restaurants
The Lakely – Eau Claire, WI
Young Joni – Minneapolis, MN
Bardo – Minneapolis, MN
Margot Cafe – Nashville, TN
Maven – San Francisco, CA
Kerouac’s – Baker, NV
Pago – Salt Lake City, UT

Best Hotels/Inns
Oxbow – Eau Claire, WI
Grand Hotel Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN
Hotel Metro – San Francisco, CA
Sunset Inn – Pacific Grove, CA
Stewart Inn – Wausau, WI

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