Archive for September, 2013

Abandoned But Not Forgotten, Number Twenty!

September 30, 2013

BobsledWhat a difference a season makes (and the passage of nearly 30 years).  Here is a picture of the abandoned bobsleigh and luge track from Sarajevo, the site of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.  Following the Olympics, the track continued to be used for World Cup competitions until the start of the Yugoslav wars in 1991 (which included the siege of Sarajevo in 1992).    And, even though the track was damaged as a result of this siege (some defensive fighting holes were drilled into one of the last turns of the course), it remains mostly intact.  Nowadays the tracks are the target/victim of graffiti-type vandalism.

  • Here are the final results for the 1984 Men’s Bobsleigh competition (four-men and two-men).
  • Here are the final results for the 1984 Men’s (double and single) and 1984 Women’s (single) Luge competition.

Back Home Again!

September 29, 2013

While vacations are fun, and relaxing, and certainly necessary for maintaining one’s sanity, it is surprisingly amazing how we eventually will reach that point where we actually look forward to (and need to) return home.  It is always good to be Back Home Again.

Amazing Grace!

September 28, 2013

Following a week of hiking the Grand Canyon, I am truly humbled by the glory of God and his amazing grace. Here’s an inspiring version of “Amazing Grace” (ala Celtic Thunder), of course, I have not yet found a version that I haven’t liked.


September 27, 2013

And, as we arrive back at the top of the south rim, why not shout an exultant and rousing Hallelujah?”

The [Canyons] Are Alive!

September 26, 2013

. . . with the Sound of Music (one of my favorite all-time musicals/movies).  And, even though I am half a world away from the Austrian Alps, and in a very different geography/topography, my “heart will be blessed . . . with the sound of music . . .”

Our Father!

September 25, 2013


How Great Thou Art!

September 24, 2013

I never tire of nature’s beauty . . . and to be able to travel, explore, and enjoy this great world of ours . . . I am truly blessed (and thankful).  And, as much as I enjoy a capella music, here is a wonderful rendition of How Great Thou Art by Sam Robson.  Enjoy!

Oh Happy Day!

September 23, 2013

I just loved the “Sister Act” movies and I felt that this song would be an excellent candidate for the day we started our hike down the north rim into the canyon . . .  awake well before dawn to get an early start . . . Oh Happy Day!

What a Wonderful World!

September 22, 2013

No tribute could be complete without including Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.  In our busy lives, how often do we truly take the time to sit back and reflect on the beauty all around us?  That’s the whole point for some of my trips/vacations . . . to commune with nature and just delight in the wonder of the world.

America the Beautiful!

September 21, 2013

Here is a fabulous version of America the Beautiful (courtesy of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir); I can think of no better way to kick off this tribute to this awesome natural wonder (the Grand Canyon).  Of course each and every post this week will pay tribute to and be equally inspiring (hopefully) as I reflect on the time spent hiking and enjoying the beauty all around me.