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 .

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.

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. 🇫🇷

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. 🇺🇲


A nighttime view of Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, France. I took this shot in September 2016 while visiting for a language course. 🇫🇷

This Uruguayan flag, located in Punta del Este where the Rio Plata empties into the Atlantic Ocean, marks the southernmost latitude to which I've ever traveled. October 2017. 🇺🇾

Prada Marfa, a sculpture near Valentine, Texas, about an hour's drive from Marfa. Photo taken June 2017, a brief stop during a long drive from Marfa back to my home Phoenix. 🇺🇲

Roosevelt Lake Bridge carries State Route 188 over Roosevelt Lake, just upstream from Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. Photo taken from Inspiration Point Overlook in September 2015.

Severinsbrücke, Cologne, Germany. Photo taken from a Rhine River cruise with some local friends, September 2004. 🇩🇪

Just saw this notice from the FAA in my e-mail ... No further details ...

VIP Movement Notification - El Paso, TX
Notice Number: NOTC9637

August 7, 2019
El Paso, TX
10/30 NMR - 18000 MSL

Good read ...

Whatever happened to Villanova basketball star Shelly Pennefather? 'So I made this deal with God.'

She left her family, friends and basketball career to become a cloistered nun. Now, more than two decades later, Sister Rose Marie reaffirms her choice of faith over fortune.


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. 🇫🇷

Old City Hall, a few steps away from the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. Photo taken in April 2017. 🇺🇲

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