Cellpic Sunday – 9 September 2018

Santa Ana, California.

Last week on Cellpic Sunday I featured an image of the Anaheim Convention Center. I was in that neighborhood for our annual Civil Air Patrol National Conference. The nearest airport is in Santa Ana, John Wayne Airport (SNA) was designated as the departure and arrival airport. As is my usual practice, I always show up at the airport well over an hour prior to boarding, often two hours ahead of time. I prefer to arrive at the airport, go through security, and overspend on coffee or breakfast at my leisure content that I will be sitting in the gate area reading in plenty of time to board my aircraft. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 2 September 2018

Anaheim, California.

Last week, the Civil Air Patrol National Conference took us to Anaheim, California. Though our hotel was a short walk from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, I didn’t have any time to visit. Our hotel was located next to the Anaheim Convention Center. The classic steel and glass architecture was built in 1967 and over the years, it went through six major expansions. This entrance is flanked by a Marriott Hotel on one side and a Hilton Hotel on the other. The other entrance on Katella Avenue is directly across from the Disneyland Resort. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 26 August 2018

Hawk’s Nest, North Dakota.

A few days ago, one of our communications experts in Civil Air Patrol (CAP), traveled to the northeastern part of the state to determine why one of our remote repeaters appeared to be inoperable. After finding a tripped breaker, possibly due to a recent lightning storm, and some cleanup, the machine was returned to operation. His report on the repair reminded me of a similar trip I made to another of our remote repeater sites a couple of years ago. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 12 August 2018

Syracuse, New York.

This week’s Travel Tuesday post tells of an early spring trip to Syracuse-Hancock Airport in New York. It was my first trip to that state and the purpose for my trip is featured there. Today’s cell pic is a teaser. Both of these planes are Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft. The gray Cessna on the right is a veteran and the reason for the color is described in that post. With that, I’ll leave you guessing. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 22 July 2018

Washington D.C.

This week I finally got around to telling about my Spring trip to our nation’s capital for the Civil Air Patrol’s annual Legislative Day visit with our senators and representatives. That story will be coming soon to a Travel Tuesday post. In the process, I discovered some cell phone photos I captured during my visit. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 15 July 2018

Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Her name is Dignity. The Native American woman stands some 50-feet (15 m) tall. Sculpted of stainless steel, “Dignity represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota culture in South Dakota,” according to artist Dale Lamphere who used three models of Lakota Native Americans to create the face. If you travel via I-90 through South Dakota, you’ll see Dignity high on a bluff between exits 263 and 265. At her back is the mighty Missouri River, the longest river in North America. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 8 July 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

I have been lax at taking pictures lately due to a heavier than normal workload at my volunteer Civil Air Patrol job. It’s Friday as I’m writing this post, and I want to have it publish automatically on Sunday, a typical scheduled Cellpic Sunday. Looking through my library of cellular phone photos, I discovered I’d taken two images of the same trail, just slightly offset. Using Lightroom, I created a panoramic image of this view of the Goat Camp Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Last March, our hiking club traveled for a couple of miles down the trail and then returned for a total of just over five miles (8.5 km). Continue reading