Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nice place to hang out

San Antonio hot springs in the Jemez mountains in New Mexico.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Let's see if I can jump this stream...

Mi amigo, Hari Nam Simran Singh Ji, attempting to jump the stream. He's pretty tall, and he did make it.
Let me try :-) This is Siri Chand Singh Ji, also from Mexico, jumping the stream.
Next Gurusevak Singh ji.
Y mi hermano (and my brother).

Yeah, after watching other people do it and taking some pictures, I had to give it a shot. I didn't get a good take off and one of my feet landed in the water.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beating the Hybrids

After my brother and I rebuilt the engine on his Geo Metro, we started getting really good gas mileage. My brother recently bought some aerodynamic hubcaps which may have helped our gas mileage. Yesterday he broke three of our personal records for mileage, he got 47 MPG on the way to work (mostly uphill), 82 MPG on the way down, and finally reached over 60 with 60.6 MPG for the day's average. Not bad huh? Take into account a lot of that is due to driving habits and knowing how to get the best mileage. Also though, it is a really well built car.

Monday, July 28, 2008

A few flowers

It seems that my blogging has permanently slowed down and also my readership has reduced, so it's all good :-) Sometimes I upload pictures and I want to blog them, I just don't have the time.
Here are a few pictures from an outing we had on July 4th which was really fun.

Friday, July 25, 2008

An interesting day

A few weeks back some friends and I went to a nearby place called Nambe falls, where there is a waterfall and a creek to swim in. It was sunny and warm when we got there, but things changed really quickly :-)
Hiking into a canyon area where the waterfall is and some pools below it for swimming. Unfortunately my camera was acting up and I didn't get any pictures of the falls.
It started raining and then hailing. It came so fast and so hard.
The road we came in on, was now totally flooded.
Mi amigo Pancho made it across in his jeep.
My brother was checking it out, outside the car, the Buick was checking it out from inside.
After waiting about a half hour, my brother's creative abilities got us out of difficult situations. However other people got stuck, so we stayed to help.
What is this? Snow with green deciduous trees in front?
It's the remnants of the hail.
It really did look a lot like snow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I need to keep my camera closer

Last night was an amazing sunset. It changed colors and the clouds changed shape and it remained like an amazing changing work of art for more than a half hour. We were playing volleyball in one of the fields near the Gurdwara and had a beautiful backdrop. Next time I have to get a photo :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rest of my Solstice pictures

The rest of my summer solstice sadhana pictures are in my flickr account.
These are two people for whom I have so much respect and reverence. I am blessed beyond words in this lifetime to know such great people and to spend time with the sadh sangat.

Click here to see the rest of my pictures.

Monday, July 14, 2008

When people say...

When people say "I like to travel."
I always hear:
"I like to go on vacation."

Random scene at solstice


There are more pictures at my flickr account.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Just in case...

Just in case there are people who read my blog that don't already read Gurumustuk Singh's blog. You gotta go and hear the incredible music from the summer solstice sadhana camp.

More solstice pictures

Are you ready for tomorrow morning?
I wasn't ready for this :-) The line was sooo long. But I ended up with a good spot :-)
A lot of people ready to meditate!
Some people probably left their tents and went backwards - hehe.
All my photos are taken in between the meditations, when people are breaking and stretching etc.
Most people wear white. It's encouraged to wear white during the white tantric yoga.
During the break I looked over and spotted this really famous and really tall guy stretching. He didn't know the paparazzi were present. I also got some cute photos of his little ones :-)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Interesting Day

On the first Sunday of Solstice I was down the mountain doing ishnaan seva at the Gurdwara. Then my brother and I decided to help Gurvinderpal Singh Ji fix his car. We lucked out because the parts we needed were in stock at auto zone in EspaƱola. The only lame thing was that we were missing Gurdwara to fix the car. If you have a civic and if someday your car suddenly doesn't start but is getting gas and a spark in the plugs, it's probably the ignition coil. Anyway, we got to see some of the broadcast of the Gurdwara and got there for the very end.
It was Siri Dyal Kaur Ji's birthday. Nice way to spend it, serving the sangat.
This baby was adorable, with his turban and little chola and mala, plus he smiled a lot.
The moon was out already. I never seem to be able to get a good picture of the moon.

I ended up going down the mountain for a birthday party for my pitaji, then I went back up and came down for work the next day after sadhana :-)
The sun rising as I'm going down the mountain to go to work.
Going down the road.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I thought this was interesting

I'm not sure why I never put this on my blog, but I was thinking about it recently so I thought I should:
At this URL is an interesting article about historical Sikh paintings. One of the things that particularly struck me was a painting of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with a man named Guru Sadhu Singh.
Since people have criticized other Sikhs with the word Guru in their name, I thought it would be interesting to bring to light a historic reference of a Sikh with the word Guru in his name.

The place we're all missing :-)

Well the Summer solstice Sadhana camp was amazing! Really I can't describe it, it is the best time of my whole life and I love every second of it. Here are some pictures from my first time up the mountain this year.
You can see the tents and the shelter where most activities occur at the camp.

Facebook is distracting

I now have too many friends on Facebook and it is very distracting. My blog is suffering as a result. I have pictures to share though :-) Coming soon.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's official

At my workplace we have the fastest computer in the world: