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The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception stands atop the grotto at Lourdes, France, just before dusk. This was the destination of an unscheduled road trip from Montpellier earlier this year when @kathryn and I learned an American cardinal would be celebrating Mass there. Photo taken in April 2019. 🇫🇷

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A sunrise hike at Shaw Butte in Phoenix, Arizona, not far from where I live. This photo was taken in February. It's a little too hot for me this time of year, even at dawn. 🇺🇲

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My hometown, on the shore of the Merrimack River. Salisbury, Massachusetts, March 2018. 🇺🇲

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I was skimming the headlines on a French newspaper website this morning and came across an article about bikini hair removal. I ended up learning some new cultural vocabulary. What I've always heard women call a "landing strip" here in the U.S. is apparently called a "ticket de métro" in France. Have you ever ridden the metro in Paris? Think about the magnetic strip on the back of the ticket.

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Looking out over the Cape of Good Hope, in Cape Town, South Africa, December 2015. 🇿🇦

Since mid-afternoon yesterday, the weather around here has turned damp, with low fog and occasional light showers on and off. A peak out the hotel window this morning confirms more of the same today.

After lunch in , we visited the ranch house my friend recently inherited, then we drove back to . I fulfilled my Sunday obligation at the Catholic church there before we headed over to for dinner with my friend's mom.

I enjoyed a pint of Black Tooth Brewing Company Brown Ale when we stopped for lunch at Longhorn Saloon and Grill in Sundance, Wyoming. 🍺

Today I learned Sundance, Wyoming, has nothing to do with the Sundance Film Festival, which is in Utah. However, it is the place from where notorious outlaw Sundance Kid got his name, having served time in prison there.

Jumping over the border into , my friend and I visited Devils Tower National Monument today, where we did a walk around the entire perimeter of the monolith. The weather has been overcast since mid-morning, with some low fog in places, so black and white seemed like the best filter for this .

The hotel in , South Dakota, doesn't look like much from the street, but my room does come with a rather bucolic view of hayfields and rolling hills.

The glass isn't particularly clean, so there's quite a bit of glare in the .

On the other side. Landed in Rapid City, South Dakota. 🛩️

The flight is boarding. See you on the other side. 🛩️

The TSA checkpoint was a breeze. I've already found the bar. Singular. It's roughly the farthest possible distance from my gate, but that's still only about a three-minute walk away.

The bar only has three taps, but since two of them are Barrio, I'm not complaining. I ordered some fries too. It's still four hours until I get to Rapid City.

If you're checking bags at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, you have to leave the air-conditioned ticketing area, go back out into the 110° August heat, and then enter the TSA security checkpoint through a different set of doors. That's a new one for me.

It looks like doesn't allow you to check in your baggage until two hours before departure time. I arrived a tad too early. I'll have to remember that if I ever fly them again.

The airport here in Mesa is pretty small. It reminds me of my days flying out of , where I could pull into the parking lot at 6:00 am for a 6:30 am flight and still have time to kill before boarding.

I'm going to see if I can find a cup of around here.

All day I've been feeling like I forgot to pack something. A few minutes ago I remembered what it was.

It was my hat.

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Today will be my first time flying out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, as well as my first time flying Allegiant Air.

I'm heading out of town after work today to spend a few days in South Dakota and Wyoming with a friend.

For many years, I've used my blog to post photos and status updates from my travels. As an experiment, I'm going to post updates from this trip in the instead. I'll use the tag to identify my posts from this weekend.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. My beautiful @kathryn took this photo during a day trip we made to Chartres, France, in January 2013. Today seemed like an appropriate day to share it. 🇫🇷

Driving to work this morning, just as I rounded the last turn into the parking area, I noticed something shiny on the pavement. I did my best to avoid it, thinking it could puncture a tire. As I got closer, I was able to identify the object. It was a dinner fork.

There was literally a fork in the road.

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Brian Holdsworth's latest, responding to the Pew report about people who call themselves Catholic not believing in one of the core teachings of the Church, is in my opinion, both one of the best responses to the topic and one of his best videos of late.

A picnic-hike to Horton Springs on a hot summer day. It's easy to forget there are places in Arizona where you can see fresh water gushing out of the ground. And also trees. Photo taken August 2012. 🇺🇲


I've just arrived at first aid refresher training, required every two years by the company I work for.

It's strange that I keep getting older while the instructors appear to remain the same age.

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