Category Archives: Activities, Travel, Vacations

Sun ‘n Fun Airshow at Lakeland, FL

I took a much deserved day off work on Friday and attended the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and Air Show in Lakeland, Florida with my buddy Les. It was a beautiful day for an airshow and this was quite an airshow.


First we walked around and looked at all the homebuilt airplanes that were there for the fly-in. Then we walked around all the vendor exhibits for a while. Then we watched the airshow and it was quite impressive. Then after a dinner break, they put on a very cool night airshow. And after that, they put on the most spectacular fireworks display I think I’ve even seen in my entire life! It was quite a day. Here is a short video compilation that I posted to YouTube:

And here are some of the photos I took:

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GEF Light the Way 5K

The Gilchrist Educational Foundation had about 300 runners and walkers in their 2nd annual Light the Way 5K race this morning. The weather was cool and foggy which made it very nice for running. I walked the 5K rather briskly while pushing both boys in the stroller and “Team Leucht” completed it in about 46 and a half minutes I’m happy with that time since it was about 5 minutes faster than my walking time in last year’s race.
Complete race results can be found here at the Running Zone website (link no longer works).


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Historic Sportscar Racing at Daytona International Speedway

Today I attended the Daytona Continental Historic Races at the Daytona International Speedway. This event is organized by the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) organization, and is just one of about 10 historic sportscar racing events that it organizes each year throughout the country. According to the HSR website, “Historic racing series such as HSR represent the fastest growing segment of motorsports in the United States and Europe.” It was an exciting day and I had a lot of fun watching these vintage cars compete against each other on the racetrack. I recorded a little bit of video with my pocket digital still camera and edited it into a four and a half minute compilation. You can watch my video compilation on YouTube:

Click on any photo below to go to my online photo gallery where you can download a higher resolution version:

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This is an event that I will definitely take my boys to when they are a bit older.


Pikes Peak & Hot Air Balloon

I took the below photo in Colorado Springs a few days ago. I was there for business and went outside to exercise the first morning I was there and this is what I saw. I had my Canon PowerShot digital camera in my pocket because I had promised my boys that I would take a photo of the mountains and send it to them that day. There were actually three separate hot air balloons that took off from this location that morning. I sure would have liked to go for a ride and see the mountains from the vantage point of a hot air balloon!

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Click here to go to my photo gallery which
contains higher resolution versions of this image.

Photos from New York City trip

My work recently sent me to NYC for a few days. In between work I was able to see some sights. My main sightseeing goals were to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I also wanted to see a Broadway Musical while I was there. I bought my ticket to see “Curtains” starring David Hyde Pierce & Debra Monk about a week before the trip. I sat in the 3rd row center! Wow, that was awesome!

Everything else that I got to see while I was there was just icing on the cake … especially getting a standby seat for The Late Show with David Letterman. I never dreamed I’d actually get a seat in the audience with little or no notice! I got to experience some great local food and got to walk quite a bit around Manhattan. My feet and legs tell me that I walked around a little too much!


Statue of Liberty Me and the Statue of Liberty

Inside Ellis Island registration room World Trade Center memorial in Battery Park

World Trade Center construction site Broadway Musical Curtains

Line for Letterman show Me at NBC Studios Tour

Times Square at night Me at Rockefeller Center