Cellpic Sunday – 23 June 2019

Mandan, North Dakota.

A couple of Sundays ago, I made the trip to Mandan’s Y19 airport for their annual Planes and Pancakes fly-in. I try to get there every year to help share the Civil Air Patrol story, sometimes bringing along the glider behind me. That was the case on this day, as well as hoping to give some Civil Air Patrol members a sortie or two in the glider after we showed it off to the fly-in attendees. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 16 June 2019

Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.

In previous Cellpic Sunday posts, I’ve mentioned transiting the Panama Canal in early April and featured a few cellphone shots from that trip. Starting on this week’s Travel Tuesday, for the next several weeks, it’s time to begin sharing the photos captured on our excursions in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia, not to mention the canal transit itself. Regular readers may recall that some years back Lynn and I left Miami for Los Angeles. This year, at the urging of my sister and her boyfriend, we headed south toward Panama and visited several new (to us) cities along the way. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 26 May 2019

Somewhere at Sea.

Nightly in the Norwegian Star’s midship deck 7 Atrium, musicians entertain those who are seated in the cafe and other areas of the atrium. Flanked by stairways to deck 8, folks in the O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill can also listen to the music. When this photo was captured, a three-person group happened to be performing. The group, who shall remain nameless as I didn’t think to inquire, appeared pretty much every evening on our 14-day journey via the Norwegian Star. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 19 May 2019

Cartagena, Colombia.

Two weeks ago, Cellpic Sunday featured a shot of the high rise buildings at the Bocagrande area of Cartagena. On the way to the dock, cruise ships enter the harbor through Bocachica, a much smaller entrance to the harbor area than Bocagrande. Along the way, I snapped a photo of what looks like an old fort. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 12 May 2019

Lake Gatun, Panama.

After our 14-day sojourn from Los Angeles to Miami via the Panama Canal, I have a small collection of cellpics that I will be sharing over the next few weeks. I found it interesting that I saw a large number of cargo ships in and near the canal that were completely enclosed and did not have those cargo boxes stacked high on the deck. This ship, the Toronto, is registered in Malta, owned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Shipping. It, like many of the others I saw, is a vehicle carrier. The ship is 656 ft (200 m) by 104 ft (32 m), and is small enough to go through the original canal locks. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 May 2019

Cartagena, Colombia.

The walled city of Cartagena, our last excursion stop before arriving in Miami, was founded in 1543. By the end of the 16th century, the city was surrounded by a wall as it became a trade center and a target for pirates. Though the walled city is still surrounded with the fortifications built then, many openings have since been created to support the free flow of the over a million inhabitants of the city, not to mention the thousands of tourists who visit each year. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 28 April 2019

Miami, Florida.

It was morning on disembarkation day at Miami. As usual, I was up early. The Norwegian Star, fresh from her voyage through the Panama Canal sat in port. Inside, the ship was already bustling with people getting ready to return to their daily lives after a 14-day vacation. The ship’s main deck atrium was already full with people sitting around awaiting their turn to depart, yet it was early enough that the ship hadn’t yet even cleared Customs. Continue reading