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Fests | 2nd Annual Bluegrass, Brew, & BBQ

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It's been a while since we had gone to a brew fest, we have become a bit particular about them, and try to avoid some of the massive mainstream ones that result in overcrowding rush sampling. We decided to give this one a shot, as my sister-in-law had been there the previous year and gave it a good recommendation. The first good sign of a brew fest is the hours that it runs. There are a lot of them out there that last only three hours. I'm not sure how you are expected to sample 100 different types of beer in that time frame. This one had seven hours of sampling, and with 15 breweries on hand,...

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Hike | Redwood Regional Park

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Whenever we visit California, we try and get a hike or at least some good walking in. During our last trip, we headed up to the San Francisco area, so before we even landed, we knew we wanted to hit some Redwoods. We met up with Linda's friend Alexis from the area, and she knew a perfect little spot to head to. She does a lot of hiking in the area with her dog Bastian, an Australian Shepherd. So somewhat early morning, we headed out of the city and went over to East Bay. After a nice curvy ascent in the car, we pulled into the Chabot Space and Science Center, which is connected to Redwood Regional...

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Breweries | Russian River & Drake’s

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We were recently in California for my cousin's wedding, so we took the opportunity to piggy back a few activities onto this trip. Our little guy was going to be able to stay with his grandparents, allowing some free time for us to head up to San Francisco to spend time with one of Linda's friends, Alexis. Alexis had a huge list of breweries and hikes planned, however when we arrived we were able to surprise her with the news that we were expecting another little guy. This was made even more ironic, as the last time Linda visited, she was pregnant with Eli. So we whittled the list down. We loaded...

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Off-road | Twin Mountain Offroad Adventure & Meadow Knob

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It is becoming an annual custom now that FORCE (Frontier Off-Road Club East) hosts a MLK Jr weekend event. This year, it was a joint even with VAXC (Virginia Xterra Club - http://www.vaxc.org/). It was to visit a relatively new off-road park in the hills of West Virginia, Twin Mountain Off Road Adventure. This park was created by John Bradshaw, who has been off-roading his entire life and has been competing in many overlanding trophies. He decided to build this park to continue his passion. The event was set, and we had a decent group signed up go. The days before were to have crazy weather...

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Breweries | Escutcheon, Backroom, Lost River, Three Notch’d, & Pale Fire

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We were heading out to visit an off-road park for the weekend, so of course, we made sure to hit some breweries and beer spots along the way. You can read about the off-road portion here if you like. We left Friday afternoon and headed out towards Winchester. Luckily the traffic wasn't that bad, and we made good time. We prolonged grabbing a bite to eat, as some of the breweries we had planned for the night were closing earlier than we initially thought. We arrived in Winchester between 6-7pm. The darkness was sitting in, making our first stop more foreboding than we had hoped, as there were...

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