Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Kathryn and I took a road trip to the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, earlier today, and I decided to splice together a roughly-one-minute YouTube video of the highlights. I could have posted a bunch of still photos like I usually do, but I thought it’d be more fun to share the sounds of the … Continue reading Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, Maine

A different kind of road trip this weekend

Kathryn and I are heading out of town this afternoon to spend the weekend at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona. We’ve stayed in the campground there a number of times before. What makes this trip quite a bit different is that my parents are loaning us their motor home. There’ll be no … Continue reading A different kind of road trip this weekend

A hike up Pic Saint-Loup, a short drive from Montpellier

A hike up Pic Saint-Loup was expected to be a highlight of our trip to Montpellier. We decided to make the ascent last Friday, when decent weather was forecast and while we still had the rental car. As far as I could tell, it’s not at all easy to get to by public transportation. As … Continue reading A hike up Pic Saint-Loup, a short drive from Montpellier

I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

I was doing so well at publishing a blog post at least once a day, and then when we got back from Lourdes it kind of fizzled out. Well, have no fear, we’re doing well here in Montpellier. Yesterday I finally posted about our road trip to Sommières, which happened last Thursday. Last Friday we … Continue reading I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

Since we’d reserved a rental car for four days, I felt a certain obligation to make the most use of it. Thursday morning, after lingering a little too long over breakfast, we got in the car to visit Uzès, an ancient walled village that dates back to pre-medieval times, about a 90-minute drive from Montpellier. … Continue reading Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

Last-minute road trip to Lourdes for Mass with Cardinal Burke

One advantage of not over-planning a vacation is that you leave yourself open to opportunities that arise. This week, we changed our planned daytrip to Lourdes on Saturday to an overnight trip on Tuesday and Wednesday. At Sunday Mass here in Montpellier, we learned that an American cardinal, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, would be … Continue reading Last-minute road trip to Lourdes for Mass with Cardinal Burke

We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

Kathryn and I just got back to Montpellier after a whirlwind 30-hour side trip to Lourdes. This is just a quick update because the last two days have been somewhat exhausting. I’m really happy we didn’t do this as a day trip as we’d originally planned. Four hours driving a rental car I’m not familiar … Continue reading We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

We eventually made it to Lourdes

It took us a longer than planned to get our rental car in Montpellier, and then the drive took longer than planned, but eventually we arrived in Lourdes well before sunset. The hotel is not bad, and the manager was amenable to letting us leave two hours late tomorrow. We arrived in Lourdes quite hungry … Continue reading We eventually made it to Lourdes

Just a quick status update and a change of plans

This is going to be brief, since we’re heading out in a few minutes to join a friend who gives tours of Montpellier, and then probably out for a few drinks with him after that. We’ve moved up our planned side trip to Lourdes. We originally planned to go next Saturday for just the day. … Continue reading Just a quick status update and a change of plans

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

In August 2004, just a few weeks after moving to Arizona, I decided to take a road trip to San Francisco, California, for a long weekend. I didn’t fall in love with San Francisco the way so many do, but I did enjoy a long walk through Golden Gate Park all the way to the … Continue reading The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

The sun has not yet risen on the Las Vegas Strip, viewed from Bally’s

I woke up early one morning, well before dawn, during a weekend stay at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I grabbed a camera and went for a walk outside. Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace can be seen in the background of this photo. Let me tell you, the … Continue reading The sun has not yet risen on the Las Vegas Strip, viewed from Bally’s

A chill evening at Banger Brewing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas

Most of our weekend road trips to Las Vegas end with us heading back to Phoenix after lunch on Sunday. On our last trip, however, we had some business we needed to attend to Monday morning. After our huge lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen early Sunday afternoon, we weren’t in any mood for a … Continue reading A chill evening at Banger Brewing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas

A beer keg urinal in the men’s room of Virgil’s Real BBQ, Las Vegas

It doesn’t happen often, but on rare occasions beer can open up opportunities that may have otherwise passed us by. For example, if I hadn’t had a second pint of beer at Virgil’s Real BBQ on the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t have had to make a visit to the men’s room, and … Continue reading A beer keg urinal in the men’s room of Virgil’s Real BBQ, Las Vegas

Early breakfast to start a busy day in Las Vegas

After a surprisingly good night’s sleep in Las Vegas — I realize people seldom brag about how much sleep they got in Vegas, except perhaps to say they didn’t sleep at all — Kathryn and I have had one of those weird mornings where everything took fifteen minutes less time than we expected, and now … Continue reading Early breakfast to start a busy day in Las Vegas

Donuts in Phoenix before heading out of town this afternoon

I haven’t yet finished posting photos and stories about the pilgrimage to Mexico City, but I’m going to set them aside for a few days while Kathryn and I take a 72-hour road trip to Las Vegas. Some of you may notice that’s slightly longer than we typically spend in Vegas. We’re taking a class … Continue reading Donuts in Phoenix before heading out of town this afternoon

Driving along the Uruguayan coast, Punta del Este to Jose Ignacio

I’m up a bit early on our third morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay, after our drive yesterday to Jose Ignacio. I’ve opened one shade so I can see the waves crashing on the rocky shore on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The sand is wet from the overnight rain. The sky is a … Continue reading Driving along the Uruguayan coast, Punta del Este to Jose Ignacio

El Cosmico: Three nights of almost glamping in Marfa, Texas

During my recent trip to Marfa, Texas, I spent three nights at El Cosmico. To call El Cosmico a campground would hardly be accurate, as it’s clear the bulk of its revenue doesn’t come from cheapskate self-campers like me. In fact, the property is often listed as a hotel in tourist publications. It’s better known … Continue reading El Cosmico: Three nights of almost glamping in Marfa, Texas

Prada Marfa is not a Prada and not in Marfa

One of the objects most photographed by visitors to Marfa, Texas, is Prada Marfa. Intriguingly, Prada Marfa is not a Prada store, nor is it anywhere near Marfa. Erected in 2005, Prada Marfa is a modern art installation along U.S. Route 90 a few miles northwest of Valentine, Texas, making it about 40 miles away … Continue reading Prada Marfa is not a Prada and not in Marfa

Yes, I was at the ZeroHedge symposium in Marfa, Texas

I figure it’s about time to admit where I was three weekends ago. Long story short, I drove to Marfa, Texas for a gathering of ZeroHedge readers. I’ve been reading ZeroHedge regularly for over five years. Honestly, I still have trouble describing the site, but maybe the following example will help: Every month, when new … Continue reading Yes, I was at the ZeroHedge symposium in Marfa, Texas

Alone in a strange place, wondering if I’m crazy

Thursday morning last week, I woke up alone in a two-star hotel by the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was at least superficially aspiring to a third star, but a fresh carpet, a thin coat of paint, and a waffle iron can only hide so much. Its two-star standing … Continue reading Alone in a strange place, wondering if I’m crazy