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The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia (as seen through basketball): In the 1988 Olympics, the Yugoslavian National basketball team, a close knit group of youngsters, won the bronze medal. Two years later this same group won gold in the World Championships, stunning the United States along the way. Yugoslavia was on top of the basketball world. It's team, still legendary today, was made up of Croatians, Serbians, Bosnians, Slovenians, and Macedonians. Shortly ...
... World War I started here. Modern terrorism and ethnic cleansing find their roots here. It's a wonderfully complex place that is not easy to understand. On a personal note, the Balkans have always haunted me. I grew up on a ranch in the heart of rural Texas. Everyone was the same--white, middle class, conservative, and Baptist. When I was in junior high, I distinctly remember watching the news reports as the Balkans fell apart. ...
... an experience, especially when the lights went out on the traffic lights and the gas station. Intense straight line winds and horizontal rain.
On the way back to Lubbock there were some amazing cells popping off a lightning show, and immense amounts of rain.
Once we got back to Lubbock we should have swapped to boat, the roads were under quite a bit of water, Storm Drains were doing their thing which was also quite ...
... the mega Event was being held. Picked up our materials and bought some stuff at the displays than returned to the RV Park.
Tomorrow, we will do some more geochaching associated with the event. We opted out of the competition phase of the event as it is kind of a flash mob cluster. We will do our own thing.
Weather has been great. Life is good!
Today we saw things that were on our list and not on our list.
List item was prairie dogs. Cute creatures who sit up like meer kats. The prairie dog town sort of looks like a giant "whack a mole" game.
What we didn't expect to see was prisoners from the Lubbock penetentiary doing the gardens in the park. Lovely bright yellow overalls but no chains.
We also saw ...