Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympics - 2010 that is

As we got into the spirit of the 2016 Summer Olympics we visited the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, BC. This venue held the ski jumps and also the skiing/shooting biathlon.
With shouts of "U-S-A" we watched Cedar and David shoot at a target 50 yards away. There's always something for everyone on vacation!

The remains of these winter Olympics sit eerily quiet and desolate. The old ski jump stands alone, forlorn and forgotten. The only activity to be found was at the shooting range where a handful of tourists had landed. Our group of 7 swelled the crowd when we arrived.
This stately rock sculpture greets you upon arrival. It is an Inukshuk (named Ilanaaq) and was the symbol for the Vancouver 2010 winter games. Inukshuk means 'likeness of a person" in the Inuit language.  For centuries, stone figures built in the shape of the men by the original inhabitants of North America have guided lonely travelers in North America and the Artic along the right paths to food, water and shelter.  Inukshuks represent strength, leadership and motivation.

The large plaque below explains the history and purpose behind this symbolic and majestic statue that reflects the spirit and soul of Canada. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

1 comment:

Marilyn Miller said...

Well I am glad you went to this forlorn area. Now I must go too. I would love seeing it.