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July 9, 2010

Climb Every Mountain

Sorry, but I couldn't resist quoting the Sound of Music...

When I set out in the morning, I had no intention of climbing a mountain. I felt jetlagged, exhausted and lazy. I didn't really want to do anything but stay in bed and perhaps read a book. The overnight flight to Scotland and the lack of sleep before I left Canada (due to packing up and moving out of my apartment as well as excitement) had really taken it out of me. However, my pride kicked in as I was actually worried that the people in my B&B would judge me if I didn't bother to leave the house all day. Since I'd heard that the walk up Goat Fell was beautiful, I decided that I would walk part way up and when I got tired I would turn around a go back. I wasn't expecting to run in to two kind people who would encourage me all the way up the mountain.

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Goat Fell (above) is 2,866 feet. While this is just short of a Munro, it's still a mountain. So there!

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One of the few moments when you could sort of see the summit.

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View of Brodick habour

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Heather in bloom. This is the first time I've ever seen it in bloom!

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Rumour has it that this is wild cotton.

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It was so cloudy at the top that from a distance we appeared misty to each other.

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Georgia taking photos at the top.

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Emily climbing on the highest point possible.

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This was our view. We were a bit sad that we couldn't see the gorgeous view that we heard so much about, but at the same time, the clouds made it feel like we were the only things in the world. We were surrounded my nothing. There were a couple of magical moments when the clouds lifted for about 15 seconds or so and the island was revealed but these moment were too short lived to capture. But, if you stare really hard at the photo below, maybe you can just make out the coastline.

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At sunset the clouds finally lifted and showed the summit.

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July 8, 2010

on the road again...


I know it's a cheesy title, but I'm not too sure what I should call my first blog entry in well over a year. I almost feel like I should start a whole new bog since it's been so long since I've made an entry on this one. But... that would require quite a bit of effort and I don't feel like it! So there.

And so, in case you haven't guessed or heard. I am once again on the road again. I'm doing a course in Berlin (beginning mid July) and since I found a fabulously cheap flight into Glasgow June 21, I thought I would start my travels on the Isle of Arran. I'd never had a chance to see the countryside in Scotland and the guide book said that it was Scotland in miniature and so off I went...


Photos from the ferry



On the Isle of Arran. Brodick habour

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The next photos are taken on the walk from Brodick village to Brodick Castle.


Salmon berries. Not very sweet, but I still thought they were yummy





Looking back towards Brodick, the largest village on Arran and my home base.




Brodick with the ferry coming in

Brodick Castle. I got there too late in the day to go into the Castle, but I could still explore the grounds. Original parts of the castle date back to 1307 with the newer sections dating from 1844.

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A small fern growing on the wall of the castle
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The rest of the photos were taken on the coastal walk back to Brodick.

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The mountain in the background is Goat Fell. It is the largest peak on the island and I climbed it the next day.