What 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.
Archive for September, 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.
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.
And, as we arrive back at the top of the south rim, why not shout an exultant and rousing Hallelujah?”
. . . 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 . . .”
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!
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!
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.
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.