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
We’re safely back at our home in Phoenix. The cat acted like she hadn’t been fed since we left, when of course she’d been fed this morning.
It’s Saturday morning in Mexico City. Kathryn and I will be checking out of the hotel later this morning and heading back home to Phoenix. The last three days have been exhausting, but nothing short of amazing. Between pyramids, stunning churches and chapels, and beautiful Masses, I’ll need several more days to find the right … Continue reading Returning home after an amazing week in Mexico City
Another quick update. Today was especially moving for Kathryn and me. Our group spent the entire day at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. We started the day with a Solemn Mass in a side chapel of the old basilica, which was beautiful. Then we moved on to seeing the tilma, … Continue reading The tilma, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Since the other pilgrims started arriving, I’ve been too busy to write a proper post. Monday, with another couple and their daughter, Kathryn and I saw the Frida Kahlo House and the museum at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Yesterday, with the entire group having arrived, we visited an old church near the historic center … Continue reading Photo from Teotihuacan and another quick update
It’s Tuesday morning, and some of our fellow pilgrims have started to arrive. This morning we’ll be joining a couple and their daughter for a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum.
We’ve arrived at our hotel in Mexico City. The staff here speak little or no English, so it’s been a bit of a challenge, but we’ve gotten by. We’re heading out again shortly.
Kathryn is still walking with a cane after her surgery in May, so the gate agent quietly waved us over during the preboard. We’re in seats 2A and 2C on this Airbus 320. We already have drinks in hand. This is our view for the next several hours. See you on the other side.
Our pilgrimage is now officially underway. We’re at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, waiting for our flight to Mexico City. We’ve passed through the TSA checkpoint, and to give credit where due, everyone working there was in relatively good spirits this morning. We took advantage of a relatively inexpensive upgrade, so now we’re enjoying our wait … Continue reading Pilgrimage underway
We got back to our place quite late last night, after midnight, so I didn’t post my usual “we’re home” update. I’m already back at work, having arrived an hour or so late in order to get some extra sleep.
It’s rare that I’m on a flight that isn’t completely full. It’s even rarer that I’m on a flight that is nearly empty. This 737 from Boston to Phoenix has about a couple dozen passengers. Most of the overhead bins are empty. Kathryn and I have spread out to a window and aisle seat.
We’re still waiting at Boston Logan for our flight back to Phoenix. Our flight has been delayed twice, giving us a chance to get to know the bartender at the Legal Sea Foods next to our departure gate. Perhaps the third time is the charm, although I see no evidence the incoming flight has even … Continue reading Flight delay at Boston Logan
It’s a relatively quiet Friday evening at Sky Harbor, so our check-in and transit through the security checkpoint were a breeze, leaving us ample time for a bite to eat before we board. We had an appropriate Good Friday meal of pancakes at Matt’s Big Breakfast, which happens to be on the same concourse as … Continue reading At Sky Harbor, waiting for our flight to Boston
Kathryn and I will be traveling to New England this weekend to attend a memorial service for a loved one who recently passed away. If everything goes according to plan, we’ll arrive in Boston early Saturday morning on a red-eye from Phoenix, stay three nights at a hotel in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and depart on the … Continue reading Heading back east for a last-minute visit over Easter weekend
Just a quick status update to let folks know Kathryn and I are home from our camping trip. We had four relaxing days off, but this morning we’re both heading back to work.
If it seems like Kathryn and I were in Yuma just six weeks ago, it’s because Kathryn and I were in Yuma just six weeks ago. Now we’re on our way back, not just as a stop this time, but as a destination. Our good friend Dan is in town for a few days on … Continue reading Only six weeks later, we’re on the road again to Yuma
And we’re home.
Kathryn and I just finished a late lunch on the northern side of the border, in Yuma. I looked at the CBP website around 10 am to get an idea of border crossing times, and I was a little shocked to see two-hour wait times so early in the day. Thinking it would only get … Continue reading Making a run for it, back in the United States
The only apprehension I’d had about seeing a baseball game in Mexicali was not knowing what to do in the event of an earthquake. We just sat through the earthquake instructions at Estadio B-Air. Stay calm and stay in your seat until the trembling stops, then follow directions from staff. I think I can handle … Continue reading Earthquake instructions and baseball in Mexicali
I usually post an update before we leave on a road trip, but this morning I had too much to do and too little time to do it. We’re already safely at our hotel in Mexicali. Nice room. We haven’t checked out the rest of the property yet.
A few hours short of seventeen days, and we’re back in our own home. A cold beer has been cracked, a first load of laundry has been started, and our bed is waiting.
A cortado from a Cuban café almost made it worth the trouble of flying through Miami International Airport. Kathryn got a cappuccino from the same place. Her larger cup had a description of the café on the back. Honestly, I’d never heard of this place, but I remembered enjoying a Cuban coffee in the airport … Continue reading A cortado almost makes it worth the trouble
We’re at Miami International Airport, waiting for our flight back to Phoenix. What a shithole. For once, TSA wasn’t the problem at the security checkpoint; it was totally clueless passengers. I mean, signs were posted in nine languages, and it seems like half of traveling public here can’t read any of them. Ugh. On the … Continue reading Patiently mingling with the unwashed masses in Miami
We’re getting ready to check out of our hotel in Key West and make the drive back to Miami. We haven’t seen the sun much since we got here, and it just started raining again.
We’ve reached Key West. I wasn’t sure what to expect about the drive through the Keys so soon after the hurricane. Some of what we saw literally made me gasp. Route 1 had mountains of debris on both sides, some so high the backhoes had to drive up them to remove them. And people were … Continue reading Reaching Key West through the aftermath of a hurricane