Ladies and gentlemen, I’m excited to announce The West Coast Craft Beer Tour!
All of my friends know that I love good craft beers and enjoy trying out new varieties every chance I get. Combined with the fact that I’ve never been out to the west coast, I thought this would be a great idea. My goal is to search out all the best breweries in California, Oregon, and Washington. I’ll be tasting some of the best beers the U.S. has to offer, interviewing brewery owners to find out the real story behind some of these delicious brews, and meeting a lot of people along the way.
I began working on this idea a couple of months ago and got a lot of the details worked out during TBEX a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be starting the trip in San Francisco, up to Portland and a couple other towns in Oregon, and finally up to Seattle. I can already hear people saying, “What about San Diego? It has a lot of great breweries!” I’m completely aware of this and it was on the original itinerary, but SoCal is going to be it’s own trip at some point later this year.
You can follow along on my craft beer tour right here on the blog, but also by following hashtag #WestCoastBeerTour on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I’ll also be checking in some of my favorite beers and breweries using the Untappd app. You can download Untappd for iPhone or Android. If you’re going to be in the Bay Area, Portland, or Seattle over the next couple weeks, let me know and we can grab a pint. Also, if you have any good brewery recommendations, leave a note in the comments here.
This week’s photo was taken from atop the CN tower. It’s a pretty spectacular view from roughly 1,100 feet in the air. I already talked about how I hung off the edge of the tower, but I had another chance to go up to the top and take a few shots with my own camera (although from behind glass this time).
This week’s photo is of the Toronto skyline at dusk, taken from across the river on the Toronto Islands.
Have you ever gone to Toronto, looked up at the enormous CN Tower, and thought to yourself, “Hmmm…I wish I could hang off the top of that thing”? Well if you’re anything like me, then you have. Luckily, there is a way to do this and it’s called EdgeWalk. Since I was in town this past weekend for the TBEX travel bloggers conference, I decided this was something I definitely had to do.
The CN Tower was once the world’s tallest freestanding structure (now bested by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) and the EdgeWalk platform sits at an impressive 1,168 feet above the ground!
After getting all geared up in their bright red jumpsuits and signing your life away, your team of 6 goes up to the top of the tower to begin the fun. You get clipped in to the harness, which can hold something like 15,000 lbs, so no worries about weight limit there. However, it is a bit nerve-racking at first knowing that the only thing between you and the ground is this rope, but you get over it pretty quickly.
You start with ‘Toes Over Toronto’, which is exactly what it sounds like: standing on the edge of the platform and taking in the best view of the city from 1,168 feet. Next is the superman pose: facing forward and leaning out off the edge. This was my favorite of the activities. The final position is leaning backwards out over the platform, as seen in this next picture.
I had a great time doing the EdgeWalk and I highly recommend it to everyone next time you’re in Toronto. You get a crazy adrenaline rush as well as spectacular views of the city, which is totally worth the price of admission.
This week’s photo is of some of the beautiful street art found throughout the city of Lisbon. Where have you seen some great street art before?