“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
On this day that was set aside to honor mothers, I realize that it has been almost 40 years since I have heard the voice of my own angel mother. Whether your mother is within arms reach, or within the arms of God, today is a day to thank her for what you have become today. Next month, it’s your old man’s turn (he said with a grin.) Continue reading
Breezy Point, Minnesota.
Last weekend, my Civil Air Patrol role brought me to a resort in Northern Minnesota. The resort at Breezy Point has a history going back to the 1920’s when wealthy publisher Wilfred Hamilton (“Captain Billy”) Fawcett built a home and a lodge big enough to accommodate around 700 people. You can now rent the home, and bring all your friends. It’s nine bathrooms and 11 bedrooms can support a large family gathering easily. In an upcoming feature, I will share a gallery of high dynamic range (HDR) images captured at the resort. Continue reading
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
For this Easter Sunday, I decided to share an image reflecting the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the blossoms fell off the orange tree in our back yard leaving many, many tiny green “balls,” some of which will eventually become full-grown oranges. This year’s harvest from our tree was over 130 oranges on a single 5-year-old tree. Judging from the quantity of these orange buds, if the weather is good, we can expect another decent crop next March as well. It will take a year for them to mature. Continue reading
Mandan, North Dakota.
For the week of April 3-8, the North Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) focused on our biennial Search and Rescue Evaluated Exercise. A large part of Civil Air Patrol’s mission focuses on Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief. As an Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, our non-combatant role is in service to our state. To be sure we reflect positively on the Air Force, we are asked to demonstrate our skills in a week-long exercise. Continue reading
On March 18, I led my last hike of the season for the Hiking Club of Verrado, a group of neighbors who enjoy hiking. My involvement with hiking when we elected to winter in Arizona came about when the folks at Arizona Tourism came up with the idea of hiking 100 miles in honor of Arizona’s centennial in 2012. We joined the gym at Verrado, one of the many community developments in the city and one of the trainers took up the hiking challenge as part of a regular exercise routine. Continue reading
This spring, the desert is blooming much more fully than I’ve seen it in previous years. Only one other year came close, 2013, and it wasn’t quite as prolific for wildflowers as this year. Since moving to Arizona, one of our favorite pastimes is hiking in the nearby mountains. On Thursday this week, I led a hike along the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. Continue reading