Posted in Travel

Quick Step by the #’s

There were 3 Distilleries

Balanced by 2 Castles

Plus 1 Cooperage

There was a graveyard to walk

There were endless windy country roads

There was lunch in the village square

There was 1 stone circle

There was 1 Co-op store

There was 1 Railway Station

But oh what a station it was

There was a mountain road

There was a ski hill

There was the sunset

But oh what a sunset it was

Bernie

It’s late // there is more to the story but that’s it for tonight. Have to go do our Scotch notes.

B

Note to self

  • Chat with elderly lady in cemetery (( done due to insomnia))
  • Background on train station
  • The ski hill
  • Co-op store reference
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Pheasants
  • GDP of Scotland
  • Crop rotation and heather flowering
Posted in Food, rural life, Travel

Ancient Steps

Today, besides like 5000 miles (an exaggeration of course but it felt like it) in a car, we also took a few steps alongside the ancient

Hadrian’s wall.

The sheer size (117 km) and location (middle of nowhere really) of it make it quite a logistical accomplishment. It makes our rock walls look little but they had a legion of 80 men per section. This thing, in places, has stood the test of time since being completed in 128! That’s a legacy all right.

We had been to the wall in 1998 on our first trip with our children. I can remember them climbing up it and walking along it for quite a ways. We had also stopped at a old Roman fort site.

It was on our list to make a stop and so I picked a random spot off the map to have lunch and hike along it for a ways.

Our lunch spot was actually the old quarry site so it was a good hike to the top of the escarpment.

The vista at the top was worth it. Along the way we saw a couple of cool things.

I now want one of those stile gates as they are so easy but I digress. Off to the top for the vista.

It wasn’t a long stop and not a wordy blog post but it was the highlight of our long travel day.

Bernie