Sonali’s Garden – Chai Tea on a Summer Afternoon

Bismarck, North Dakota.

In November 2018, the weekly Travel Tuesday post featured a park in Bismarck known as Chief Looking’s Village. This beautiful park includes some walking trails and playground equipment typical of a city park anywhere. It also contains a beautiful and well kept flower garden. A plaque on one of the stones in the garden welcomes visitors to Sonali’s Garden. As I noted in that post, Sonali Seth was taken from life as a young woman. With much love, her parents built this garden in her memory and they keep it fresh and well cared for. You can review that original post I wrote here. Continue reading

Chief Looking’s Village – Sonali’s Garden

Bismarck, North Dakota.

In August, 2015, Lynn and I were in Bismarck for a Civil Air Patrol activity. While there, I decided to scout around for a place to capture the sunset. What came of that evening’s exploration was an image of the Missouri River Valley captured by my cell phone. I’d gathered other images with my Nikon, but the cell phone capture above ended up being my favorite. The majority of images captured that day were featured in a blog post on macro photography as I spent some time in a small garden that was ablaze with summer flowers.  Continue reading

Buckstop Junction – The Buck Stops Here in Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota.

It’s harvest time in North Dakota and one of the annual activities of the season for a dozen years now, is Applefest, a celebration of autumn and a fundraiser for the Bismarck Cancer Center. Applefest this year was September 22 and 23 and as in years past was held at Buckstop Junction, a recreated pioneer village on the southeast end of the Bismarck metro area. Activities included everything from a pie eating contest to a 5K run and many more. Having recently stopped at a frontier village at Jamestown, on our way to Bismarck, we decided to check out Buckstop Junction. It was our good fortune to be there during Applefest 2018. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 23 September 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota.

This weekend it’s Apple Fest at Buckstop Junction (a future post will fill you in on the details of that celebration.) On display in the vintage historical society’s village was a beautiful 1958 Chevrolet. Being somewhat of a classic car nut, I wandered over to it and was struck by the model nameplate, Delray. I’m familiar with the entry level 150 model, the mid-level Biscayne, and the venerable Bel Air popular in the mid-1950s. I’d never heard of the Delray. Continue reading

United Tribes PowWow – Empowerment Through Unity

powwow-1Bismarck, North Dakota.

The weekend of September 9-11, 2016 gave Lynn and me plenty to do. I needed to be in Bismarck for a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) activity on Saturday and Sunday featured the fly-in featured in last week’s Travel Tuesday post. We arrived in Bismarck on Friday evening and I prepared for Saturday’s activity. However, that is not the topic of today’s post. Continue reading

Bismarck Fly-In – Come for the Airplanes, Stay for the Pancakes

cessna-195-1Bismarck, North Dakota.

I guess my secret’s out that I like to hang around airports. These days, what with concerns about airport security, airport “lurkers” are no longer welcome.

Two types of events still draw people to airports for the experience, not for travel. Those events are airshows and fly-ins. In the upper midwest, many small airports invite the general public to visit at least once a year typically on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday 2 October 2016

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Bismarck, North Dakota.

One of the more difficult duties I have as North Dakota Wing Commander is to represent the wing at member funerals. Since taking the job, I’ve had to fulfill that duty twice, once for a cadet and last week, for a senior member. Both were killed in vehicle related accidents. On Thursday afternoon, Ken, the Wing Vice Commander and I flew toward the Mandan airport where the Bismarck squadron is located and where a vehicle waited for our arrival to drive to the location of the memorial service. Continue reading

The Heritage Center – North Dakota’s Link to the Past


Bismarck, North Dakota

The Heritage Center is North Dakota’s State Museum, located on the grounds of the state Capitol in Bismarck. In recent years, the museum went through a major upgrade adding new galleries and exhibits. Visitors to Bismarck will find the Heritage Center to be an entertaining and economical way to spend the day. Continue reading

Fort Abraham Lincoln – The Custer House

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Mandan, North Dakota

Custer’s Last Stand is familiar to the majority of United States history buffs. General George Armstrong Custer, the brash officer, without waiting for the other divisions from the south and west, attacked what he thought was a small Indian village. Within hours, three thousand Sioux warriors led by Chief Crazy Horse destroyed the Seventh Cavalry down to the last man. What many don’t know is that Custer and the Seventh Cavalry were stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln near Bismarck, North Dakota. It was from the fort that the men of the ill-fated unit were led to their demise. Continue reading