Last week, we visited a small town in Colorado that is the home of the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a narrow gauge steam railroad that provides excursions into the Colorado Rockies and makes a stopover at a mining exhibit. Continue reading
Mandan, North Dakota.
Lately, I’ve been to the Mandan (ND) Airport several times for various reasons in connection with my volunteer service for Civil Air Patrol. Recently, after landing, we pulled up to Hangar 42 and parked. Unlike fueling your car, aircraft aren’t always ‘filled to full tanks’ for each flight. Fuel needs are determined by educated estimates of fuel flow for the aircraft in gallons or pounds of fuel per hour. Then enough fuel for at least an hour’s reserve is added. Carrying more fuel than necessary decreases performance and limits our passenger and equipment capacity. After we determined our fuel load for the next flight, the fuel truck operator from Clear Skies Aviation drove up and readied his gear to refuel our tanks. Continue reading
Valley City, North Dakota.
This week, I happened to be on a Civil Air Patrol flight and our route of flight was over the city of Valley City. Coincidentally, this week’s Travel Tuesday here, features the many bridges of Valley City as they cross the Sheyenne River on its southward trek through town. The largest bridge in the city, High Line Bridge, is an obvious feature at the north end of the city. Being a passenger on this flight, I had plenty of time to grab my cellphone camera and take a few pictures as we flew by. Continue reading
Fargo, North Dakota.
Last evening, on a beautiful Saturday, Lynn and I went downtown to walk around the newly revitalized city center. Fargo has done a fabulous job in re-imagining our downtown and a walk down Broadway is all you need to see the results of their work. At one point, some years ago, much of downtown Broadway was an outdoor walking mall with only non-motorized traffic allowed. That’s all gone now, and the street is full to the brim pretty much every evening with diagonally parked cars. Continue reading
Traditionally, the kickoff to summer vacations is the Memorial Day weekend. Of course, for many families, it is a weekend to remember one or more of the family who served and gave the last full measure of devotion. On a hill in Virginia, overlooking our nation’s capital city, there stands an imposing tomb. The Tomb of the Unknowns actually contains the remains of a World War I soldier, a World War II soldier and a Korean War soldier who are “known but to God.” Continue reading
“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