Fried chicken on a red velvet waffle. Cottonwood, Arizona, October 2019.

This past week, nearly ten years later, I finally said goodbye. It was quite a good run, professionally speaking. While it had its ups and downs, I’d do it all over again. Personally, though, it was time for a break.

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A tourist trolley stops to pick up a passenger along Main Street. Deadwood, South Dakota. August 2019. 🇺🇲

The boardwalk at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, several days after a Nor'easter blew through. The boardwalk didn't exist when I was a youngster growing up in Salisbury. In its place was a row of rundown seasonal businesses that had their heyday decades earlier, when Salisbury was considered more of a resort destination. April 2018. 🇺🇲

I saw a lot of these signs when I drove around the Florida Keys several weeks after Hurricane Irma. Key West, October 2017. 🇺🇲

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The summit of Pic St. Loup, in the Hérault department of France. We hiked here one overcast morning while staying in nearby Montpellier. If you look closely, you'll see the top of the head of @kathryn. May 2019. 🇫🇷

The famous Estadio Azteca after a soccer game. Cruz Azul had just defeated Puebla 3-0, and the fans were chanting joyfully. Mexico City, Mexico, July 2018. 🇲🇽

Public pay phones still exist in the United States. I saw these two yesterday in Keystone, South Dakota, the town nearest to Mount Rushmore. Both appeared to be in good shape, although I didn't verify with a call.

Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. The visitors center is under construction, so this was as close as we could get today without taking the hiking trails. It was a bit too warm today for a long hike, especially when my next destination was not a shower, but an airplane. All things considered, this view wasn't bad.

Even cowboys need their morning pick-me-up. Wild West Espresso in Sundance, Wyoming. ☕

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.

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