SOCHI -- For the past three days I have ventured maybe a quarter-mile from our hotel to the Black Sea coast, where we have shot some videos previewing the games. If you've watched them (you should), you've probably noticed the unbelievable setting behind me of the water glistening in the glow of the powerful sun.
The setting today was more breathtaking then even the past two days and it featured a collection of elements you likely won't find in most places.
There were fishermen with their poles stuck in the rocky beach and their lines cast into the water. About 300 yards or so into the water you could see dolphins popping up and down, about a half-dozen swimming together. Yes there were Sochi's now famous stray dogs and even some people trying to feed them and play with them, but there were also low flying birds that were clearly migrating.
The kicker of it all was a Russian military ship that churned by shortly after the dolphins and parallel to the birds.
The entire scene out there in the morning is something to see. One thing for certain is you don't feel like you're at the Winter Olympics. It's also a great spot to set up a camera and talk hockey, which is what we'll continue to do throughout the tournament.