Cellpic Sunday – 13 May 2018

Washington DC.

On a chilly, gray day in early March, finished with our visits in the congressional offices, my colleagues and I walked over to the U.S. Capitol grounds. A couple weeks ago, I shared a cellpic of the Washington Monument as seen from a side portico of the building. Here’s a front view of this beautiful structure. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 29 April 2018

Washington DC.

Late February and early March found me in Washington DC for my annual visit with the North Dakota Senators and our single Congressman. The purpose of the meeting is to let them know what Civil Air Patrol has done for their state in the previous twelve months. After the visits, I stopped with a couple of other CAP members at the Library of Congress. We also found ourselves in front of the U.S. Capitol on a cool and slightly breezy afternoon. An overcast sky didn’t make for impressive images, but as we walked toward the main entrances to the Capitol, I spotted the Washington Monument, visible in the distance from the north side of the Capitol building. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 11 March 2018

Washington, DC.

Founded in 1800, destroyed by British Troops in 1814, the library is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation as well as the largest library in the world. There are more than 167 million items in the catalog with over 39 million books alone. Laid end to end, there are about 838 miles (1349 km) of shelving. The library is growing, adding about 12,000 items to the collection daily due to the fact that the library is where people register copyright. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 23 April 2017

Washington, D.C.

In early March, I made the annual trip to Washington D.C. to the National Winter Conference for Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Part of that trip’s purpose is for every state’s CAP wing to visit with our Senators and Representatives to brief them on our previous year’s activities in their state. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 March 2017

sakakawea-1Washington DC.

This week, I am spending a few days in our nation’s capital on Civil Air Patrol business. For my friends and family in North Dakota, I am bringing home this cellpic of Sakakawea, photographed in the Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Sakakawea is linked to North Dakota because as a Shoshone child, she was captured by Hidatsa tribe in what is now North Dakota. Continue reading

Washington D.C. – Getting Around With the Metro

Metro-1Washington D.C.

Technically, our trip to Washington D.C. was really a trip to Arlington, Virginia where our hotel and our conference was located, specifically the Crystal City Marriott Hotel. Our work on Thursday, however, was to meet with the legislators for our respective states. Fortunately, a short walk from our hotel through an underground mall brought us to the Crystal City Metro stop. Continue reading

International Spy Museum – Assume Nothing

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Washington D.C.

Yes, that unassuming piece of dog excrement could just be a radio transmitter. The photo above features one of the items espionage agencies really used in their daily lives, James Bond’s Q notwithstanding. This 1970s artifact is just one of many “spy tools”¬†on display at the International Spy Museum. Continue reading