When I first volunteered for TWIF two years ago, pouring beer at the Fremont fair, I figured I would have a good time--I mean fun is the primary claim of this nonprofit. But I didn't expect to have as much fun as I have in the past few years, and I sure as hell did not expect to pour beer in a western-themed town, play epic mini-golf, pet kangaroos, kiss a llama, take a 9 person selfie (groupie?), and see a turquoise lake all in the same weekend. But that is TWIF. It's all about doing the unexpected, exploring, and taking a million detours on a long ride home just to see all the weirdness Washington offers. So, thanks TWIF, for being so fun.
Here are a few highlights from our weekend at Beer Camp.
This was the first annual Winthrop Hop Rendezvous in Winthrop, WA. Ninkasi featured delectable brews at the event, so of course TWIFers had to make an appearance.
Old Schoolhouse Brewery--arguably the most popular brewery in town--took the People's Choice Award at the fest for their Ruud Awakening IPA. I voted for that one too!
At night, we sat around the campfire, sipped Ninkasi, and chowed on all the food Amy graciously prepared for us.
It's only natural that this old West town would have mini-golf, right? I sucked. That's all.
Our first stop on the way home was the Diablo Lake overlook, nestled in the natural splendor that is the North Cascades. Can you believe the color of that water? It's truly unreal.
The lake was great and all, but Kangaroos! We pet and fed and took pictures with so many 'roos--I get giddy just thinking about it!
And most of us--at least the daredevils in the group--kissed llamas. They're quite gentle creatures. Needless to say, we'll definitely be going back to The Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington. You guys, kangaroos are just an hour from us. KANGAROOS.
Thanks for the memories, TWIF!
--Sheryl, TWIF Blogger