Friday, June 18, 2010
Lady of the Lake boating travelers from the town of Chelan to Stehekin, about 50 miles north. We were close to the Northern end of the lake. It takes about 3 hours end-to-end with many stops along the way.
In late April I spent a week by lake Chelan, doing trail maintenance with saws, loppers, pulaskis and shovels on the beautiful Lakeshore Trail near Moore Point.
It was hard physical work, but freeing for the soul. A week in the wilderness, listening to great stories, eating good food, meeting interesting new people, doing good for the environment. What could be better? I am signing up again next year!
I saw two hockey games during the Olympics (men's hockey, women's hockey) but this game... this game... blew me away. Men's sledge hockey, US versus S Korea. What spirit! what force! and what humility. At the end of the game, there was a standing ovation, and not a dry eye in the house. The most spirited competition I had seen during any of the Games.
S Korea vs USA on Saturday March 13. The USA won against the Koreans, but oh did the Koreans ever put up a great defense. Over 85% of US shots were stopped.
Ice Sledge Hockey is the Paralympic version of Ice Hockey and, since its debut on the Paralympic Programme in the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, it is quickly becoming one of the biggest attractions for spectators. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male athletes with a physical disability. Ice Sledge Hockey is practiced by athletes in about ten countries and is managed by the IPC through the International Paralympic Ice Hockey Committee.
It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with a few modifications. Instead of skates, players use two-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath. They also use hockey sticks modified with a spike-end for pushing and a blade-end for shooting.
the Olympic Games ended on a fevered pitch, Canada won Olympic gold at hockey. The joy and elation in the streets was palpable. *everyone* descended on Dunsmuir street, and marched towards the corner of Robson and Granville. It was a peaceful, boisterously happy crowd, everyone wearing red hockey jerseys.
Olympic silliness, photo 2: trading pins. People went *crazy* for pins (ask me about my own collection!!) there were pins for various pavilions, supporting partners, even from previous Olympics. An innocent hobby that connected visitors to us, and to one another.