Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Seattle Sky Line at Night


Space Needle at Night


Seattle Sky Line at Night


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some pictures from this weekend

Here are some pictures of the Grand Canyon which we flew over on the way there.



Here I am with my freind Karampal Singh Ji and another friend of his who owns an Indian store in Seattle. Karampal Singh Ji (in the middle) hosted myself, Hari Singh Ji, and Gurujot Singh Ji. He took us to see a lot of sites as well as to and from the Gurdwara for the samagam. We had a really nice weekend and he was responsible for a lot of that.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Back from Seattle

I just got back from the Seattle Samagam. I went with my brother Hari Singh Ji, and Gurujot Singh Ji. We had a really great time. The samagam was excellent and our time there was also excellent. I will have pictures posted soon.
I would like to thank Bhupinder Singh Ji and Sarmanjit Singh Ji for all the work they did organizing the samagam and inviting us. I would also like to give a huge thanks to my dear friend Karampal Singh Ji and his family, who hosted us and took us around to see sights and made sure we had an abundance of everything. It was a really great weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I did go to see fall colors

Here's the first picture I took... more to follow :-)

More from Guru Gaddi Day



Before the Jaloose started, there was a breakfast. This is Gurujot Singh Ji with his nephew Amritdev Singh Ji, and in the background is Ravinder Singh Ji (NY wale).

My camera didn't open all the way for this photo, but I think it's still a a decent photo.





Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Guru Gaddi Diwas Nagar Kirtan


Dhan Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj!




Monday, October 22, 2007

So much activity

Well I was so busy this weekend that I didn't even have time to blog about it. One surprise was the sighting of our first snow yesterday afternoon.
Otherwise I went hiking, spent time with family and friends, did ishnaan seva, went to the jaloose for Guru Gaddi Divas, went to Gurdwara, and played frisbee.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Views

Some more views from El Rito where I went climbing last weekend.



Some photos from Mesa Verde

Some photos from when I went to Mesa Verde last May.





Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I tried to update my blog :-)

I tried to upload my pictures three times. Each time took 20 minutes and then returned with an error. I guess the pictures will come tomorrow. I have a lot of material lately.
I guess I could describe what I did on the weekend and what pictures will be coming. Friday I went to the highest mountain in New Mexico (Wheeler's peak). It was cold this time of year. I was at 13,161 feet. I forgot to wear sunscreen and I got sunburned on my face. It took 4 hours to hike up and 4 hours to hike down.
That night I went to Albuquerque and woke up the next morning at 4:50 AM to get to the Albuquerque international Balloon Fiesta. It was totally awesome! The pictures will be kind of cool, but it's never like actually being there. Then we had breakfast, then we went to some caves. I had never gone crawling around in caves where you could get lost and die if your light went out. I would not recommend it for somebody who was claustrophobic, these caves could make normal people freak out. It was fun though.
After the caves we went home the long way through the mountains. We stopped at Soda dam, up in the Jemez. Then we went to Battleship Rock again. This time we didn't go to the hotsprings but to a waterfall, which I didn't know existed. Then we had a nice meal in this little restaraunt up in the mountains. Then we went home.
Then I woke up early again for Ishnaan Seva, which I love doing every week. Then there was Gurdwara. Then I went home and was too tired to do anything else for the rest of the weekend :-) Pictures from all the adventures are forthcoming.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

More from my climbing adventures

Wow I had a really adventurous weekend! I'll put pictures up soon. For now, here are some more pictures from last weekend.
Again hanging around with one arm. This time I'm taking a picture with the free arm.
My pitaji climbing.
The essentials: harness, plus climbing shoes, plus the bag of chalk.
My Pitaji at one of the later climbs.
Akal Singh Ji had never climbed before.
This part proved to be a bit too much for a brand new, novice rock climber. I can say it was a challenge. I hiked to the top of the cliffs and took these photos from above.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Went Climbing

One fall morning, I went with my Pitaji and some of his climbing buddies, along with Akal Singh Ji to a nearby forest where there are well known climbing spots.
Here's a surface for climbing. You can see chalk marks all the way up, where people put their hands on the rocks.
Getting ready.
Evidence that I climbed that day. If you click on the picture you'll see that I don't have very good foot holds and I'm mostly holding myself by one arm, because I got a really good hand hold.

More pictures will be forthcoming.
Also in a few hours I'll awake early and meet my co-worker for a hike to the tallest mountain in New Mexico. It's going to be awesome!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Way up in the mountains

My camera didn't quite do justice in capturing these magnificent flowers. These flowers are so beautiful they actually affected my consciousness. Having their darshan was like a meditation for me. My thoughts turned to their beauty for most of the rest of that day.
In real life the purple is a much deeper purple.
These are commonly known as the Rocky Mountain Columbine. I just found them growing amongst rocks.
As you can see there is snow in the background at this elevation.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dhan Dhan Siri Guru Ram Das Sahib Ji Maharaj!

Oh Guru Ram Das, your miracle is so perfect!
Oh Guru Ram Das, you save and protect.
This is my experience of your love and grace,
I feel so lowly, I can't even show my face.

What are my righteous actions in comparison to yours?
Your vastness is the ocean, I'm a grain of sand on the shores.
I don't feel guilty or ashamed, I just feel humbled by your perfection.
I realize my faults, my limitations, my false ego, upon reflection.

Who can bring such realization,
with humilty and appreciation?
Most make you feel guilty for your mistakes,
you soften the resultant pains and aches.

Your grace is beyond measure,
with God's name as your treasure.
With humility and grace you inherited the eternal throne,
as the king of Raaj yoga, you will forever be known.

Great Great is Guru Ram Das,
who can carry us all across!
There for us in happiness and loss,
Dhan Dhan Guru Ram Das.

Monday, October 08, 2007