In August of 2009, Paige and Devin Gesme packed up their saddlebags, sharpened their spurs, loaded up their bucking broncos, and headed to the wild west...well, as far west as The Badlands of North Dakota anyhow. They brought their grandma, Connie Bickman, with for good humor...and to pay for things!
Everyone agreed – it was a great adventure!
They made up silly songs, kept a notebook of interesting things they saw along the way, visited with the Sandvick relatives and learned some about the Sandvick family history, they all took plenty of photos, and had lots of stories to share! See for yourself...
"Some of life's biggest lessons occur when you least expect them - like when a ten year old girl said she only needed one pair of shoes - leave her old ones for someone who had none..." With a photography career spanning over 35 years, Connie Bickman has won regional and international awards for photography and writing. Her passion for travel has brought her to far corners of the earth, nearly 40 underdeveloped countries, in search of adventure and the opportunity to photograph and document native cultures, the environment and humanitarian issues. She is the author/photographer of Tribe of Women, (New World Library), winner of a Jeanette Fair Tau State Minnesota Women’s Writer Award, and author of a series of 10 educational children's books, "Through the Eyes of Children." For eleven years, Connie was the publisher/editor of recently retired Turtle River Press, a publication of spiritual and creative energy. She currently freelances photography and writing assignments