This week, guest host Andre of My Blog – solaner asks us to revel in the summertime. He writes, “Show us your favorite activity (yes, chilling is also accepted as an activity in this context) in summer.” You can read his entire challenge post here.
Well, as it turns out, my favorite activity in summer is traveling to places I haven’t seen before. Of course, regular readers know that’s my favorite activity all year long. Why should summer be any different? For my challenge response, in addition to a couple of summertime activities around Fargo, I am featuring images captured on our journeys during summer in the Northern Hemisphere, June 21 through September 23, in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
A book by Roger Kahn defines the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers as “The Boys of Summer.” That moniker has been extended to all baseball players over the years. What could be a better summer activity than attending a baseball game? We enjoy the family activities at a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks game as much as the game itself. We often invite our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson to spend an afternoon or evening at a game with us. Our grandson Owen likes to attend the game on Friday Night Fireworks night when a fireworks show concludes the evening festivities. The opening photo features a game played on July 6, 2019.
On the U.S. and Canadian border in North Dakota, there is a beautiful garden that is a great place to visit in the summertime. The International Peace Garden is a joint project of the State of North Dakota and the Province of Manitoba. Here is one of my favorite images from a visit in September 2021.
I don’t know much about astrophotography, but when celestial events like Neowise make a once-in-6500-year visit, I have to give it a try. On a clear North Dakota summer night in July 2020, I captured this image of that celestial fly-by.
On July 4, 2020, we were visiting family in Montana. Late in the afternoon, a summer storm grew out of nothing, a common occurrence on any given day. This unusual sky was captured by blending three cell phone images using the Panorama function of Adobe Lightroom.
Trains, especially steam trains, are a fascinating result of the industrial revolution to me. One of my goals was met in July 2021 when we rode the Durango-Silverton steam train. The trip is so popular, that they needed two engines to make it up some of the higher mountain passes.
Valley City, about 60 miles (97 km) from our home in Fargo, North Dakota, has one of the longest and highest trestle bridges in the country. I had my drone up just to capture images of the bridge. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my timing was superb in getting a view of the passing freight.
On the last full day of summer in 2021, I captured this view of Bald Mountain on our first visit to the Great Basin National Park. The scenic drive starts at the base of a desert and climbs to an entirely different environment.
On the 1880 Steam Train excursion out of Keystone, South Dakota, the old mining train tracks wind through mountain passes, along a stream, and into woodland areas. Along the way, we spotted many deer families enjoying the shade on a hot September day.
In Washington state, on the last full day of the summer of 2020, we were traveling a high mountain highway through the Northern Cascade Mountains. Even at the height of the pandemic, we traveled, but we did so carefully. We practiced social distancing and visited many outdoor venues. Prior to this year, we had never visited so many national parks in a single year. We carried on with that mode of travel through 2021, and so far, we’ve been able to avoid Covid. With a flight leaving in less than a week to Alaska and our second cruise in less than a year, we hope to maintain our health. So far, our methods have worked. Keeping our fingers crossed.
Thanks again to Andre for giving me the opportunity to share some of my favorite travel photos of the last two years. For those who like to pixel peep, you can view the entire gallery in HD on my Flickr site here. Next week’s guest host is Tracy. If you’d like to join in our challenge but aren’t sure how you’ll find instructions here.