Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

 

Fargo, North Dakota.

This week, Krista Stevens asks us to share what we love about where we live. In her challenge post, she shares images of her home city of Winnipeg, Canada. She comments about not having many tourists come to her city. You can read her entire challenge post here. My wife, Lynn, and I live only about four hours south of Krista’s home town. Like Winnipeg, Fargo isn’t a tourist mecca, though there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in the city where I worked for over three decades. When I retired we had the chance to move, but elected to stay living in the community that we’ve called home since 1978. OK, so we got a bit tired of the cold and now spend our winters in the great Southwest, but we always return to our home each spring. Continue reading

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Fargo Air Museum – Where the Exhibits Take Flight

Fargo, North Dakota.

The Fargo Air Museum is a bit different from most of the air museums I’ve had a chance to visit. Unlike most museums, many of the airplanes on display here might find themselves in the air occasionally. Most of the aircraft are flyable. It might be a fully restored P-51 Mustang or a late model Cessna. Of course, not every aircraft on display is flyable. Some that were flyable had their “wings clipped” (made unflyable) by their previous owner and the donation made to the museum on the condition that the aircraft be used for display purposes only.  Continue reading

Fred’s Flight – A Day of Aviating

Fargo, North Dakota.

A couple of years ago, an acquaintance on Facebook in one of the Nikon photography groups and I started chatting. Turned out he would be on a road trip and passing through Fargo. We decided to meet at a local eatery and get acquainted. I will start out by saying that I am a big fan of his photography. You can view his work on his website here. In the two years since, we’ve visited again in his home city of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and again in Fargo. As you might imagine, when we get together, it’s a foregone conclusion that we are going to be going somewhere to take photos. In the photo above, Fred is taking a stroll across the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park in Minnesota. Continue reading

Cathedral of Saint Mary – Parish Church and Diocese Center

Fargo, North Dakota.

In downtown Fargo, several churches dot the landscape. Just north of the heart of downtown, the steeple on the Cathedral of Saint Mary rises 172 feet (52 m)  above the ground. Completed in 1889, the parish was built under the supervision of Bishop John Shanley. North Dakota parishioners were supported by the Diocese of Jamestown when Bishop Shanley moved to Fargo. By 1897, the diocese was renamed to the Diocese of Fargo. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 November 2017

Fargo, North Dakota.

Last night, I was scanning my presets in the car while on our way to dinner. I happened to notice on my XM Radio a photo of someone who looked pretty familiar. Now I don’t listen to bluegrass music much but there on the Bluegrass Junction channel was Bill Clifton. Huh? SiriusXM publishes small images of the artists to display on the radio screen.  Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 29 October 2017

West Fargo, North Dakota.

On a shopping trip to Costco last Sunday afternoon, we were just finishing up when Lynn ran into an old friend. We were chatting with her when we heard a loud bird whistle. Lynn’s friend looked up and marveled that someone would let a bird into the store. I said, “What???!!!” Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 13 August 2017

West Fargo, North Dakota.

Each summer, Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) hosts a week-long convention of their membership. Of interest to the general public, they offer nightly competitions for judging, vendor’s demonstrations and other displays. The conference is held in a different city each year and over the years, it’s been held in West Fargo at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on eight separate occasions. The 2017 convention was held in West Fargo. Continue reading