Monthly Archives: May 2016

Scotland’s West Highland Way

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Day hike up Scotlands highest Peak, Ben Nevis.

 

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The handwork done to the trail was impressive to say the least. Many well placed stone staircases eased our ascent.

 

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The view from high up on Ben Nevis, moments before a white out rolled in and my finger completely obscured the camera lense.

 

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Day one: Hiking the West Highland Way near Kenlochleven. We picked up a friend, Max. Notice the subtle difference in pack size!

 

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Looking good in our “waterproofs”: 12 miles in and still smiling!

 

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Of course it’s always the last mile, or two, that’s the hardest.


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Day Two. After descending the devils staircase the weather turned foul. We walked by a famous mountain with a Gaelic name that continues to elude me.

 

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Day three. Moss!

 

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Entering quaint farmland, which means be careful where you step.

 

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We encountered a couple hikers today that had strange accents: They were from the U.S..

 

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The Dover Inn: a 300+ year old establishment featuring a bar where the staff all wear kilts.

 

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Day four. After a ferry ride that featured coffee with a shot of whisky (Wish I had a picture of Wendi’s joy upon learning this) we walked along Loch Lomond on the most beautiful trail.

 

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Lovely winding narrow track.

 

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Day five, Last day. Got an early start on the trail today, which started out by going up Conic Hill for a view of Loch Lomond.

 

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I think the Scottish really appreciated my “desert nomad” look.

 

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“Are we there yet?” The last mile of the trail before it finishes in Milngavie (pronounced “Mull-guy”, of course). The most tragic thing about trekking is that by the time I finally learn how to properly pronounce the names of the towns I’m visiting I’m usually leaving the area for the next town…

Ready to be done walking for a while.