Category Archives: Other Places

Gray Montana

Early morning in Missoula. By the afternoon, we had driven about a hundred miles east and skies were sunny and clear. Still, being surrounded by mountains has a nice feeling for me.

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Almost Packed

Internet down my last day in the old apartment. But I did save a picture of floor-to-roof loading in the van. Thank goodness I’m not driving it. I spent today on the journey to Missoula, a bit over 500 miles. … Continue reading

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The Arm Of Light Blogging

Is it the virus? Reaction to my flu shot? This has been a bruising few days, but the van is largely packed. How I miss one aspect of my life as a single man fresh out of grad school: most … Continue reading

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Who was it who sang, “Fifty-seven channels and nothing’s on”? This tune is outdated in the era of streaming tv. We have literally tens of thousands of channels today. How to find something interesting and worthwhile? I recently stumbled onto … Continue reading

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Through The Trees, Clear

Three weeks ago, we had such a clear day approaching Washington’s highest mountain.

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Christine Falls

Just a fraction of a mile off the road, this was a prime stop on our visit the other day. My wife especially enjoys the waterfalls, though the brief hike to get to a view was a bit strenuous for … Continue reading

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Mountain In View

For five years, we’ve put off the #1 visit on my bucket list, Mount Rainier National Park. It’s the kind of thing I thought would always be available, barring the catastrophic explosion of a stratovolcano. My family and I live … Continue reading

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Real Versus Virtual

The family and I enjoyed a nice day trip to Mount Rainier today. We didn’t get home too late, and I was hoping to download some of my images to share here and on another social media platform. It’s really … Continue reading

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Garden

Last week, the young miss and I journeyed across the Puget Sound for a day in Everett. The single highlight for me was a visit to the Nishiyama Japanese Garden adjacent to the community college. I found it a peaceful … Continue reading

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On Irish Baptism

I saw this msn piece on the confluence of baptism, state-sponsored Catholic schools, and parents looking out for their kids. It’s a curious thing for an American to read. State-sponsored Catholic schools prioritizing baptized children for admission and the “lies” … Continue reading

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Peninsulas

I live on a peninsula now. My wife comments that she prayed to God to send her/us to a place with trees and water. Prayer answered. On my drive home, I have a few choices, but my favorite is to … Continue reading

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Mt Rainier

Wednesday afternoon as I pulled out of the fuel station and onto I-90 out of Moses Lake, Washington, I thought I caught a glimpse of something cream-colored on the horizon. Not just one cloud in a cloudless sky–no indeed! It … Continue reading

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Montana

Only three US states cover a larger geographical area. While I’ve visited two of them, I’ve never driven across an expanse quite like the state of Montana. We picked up US route 212 in South Dakota yesterday morning, then cut … Continue reading

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Upper Plains Travelogue

As expected, our excitement was high for the drive out of Iowa yesterday. About an hour out from Sioux City, we hit the edge of a vicious thunderstorm. Amazing, but as we crossed the Missouri River into South Dakota, skies … Continue reading

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Good-byes and Busy

Light live blogging ahead. The family’s westward expansion begins tomorrow. There are three daily posts in the active series: Laudato Si’, Dives in Misericordiae, and the month of Saint Ignatius–these are written and scheduled for the next five mornings. While … Continue reading

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