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- 07.26.22 : Making friends with the Scottish locals. Highland cattle originated in northern Scotland and the Hebrides Islands. Their wooly hair is great for withstanding the cool, rainy and windy conditions of the region and also gives them an epic set of bangs.07.25.22 : Another day, another castle. This one is Eilean Donan in Dornie, Scotland. Due to strategic position on an island at the confluence of three lochs, the site has seen quite the array of conflicts over the centuries. In 1719 the castle was destroyed, but was reconstructed to its present state in the early 20th century.07.24.22 : A rainy/foggy day kept us from hiking, so we headed to Dunvegan Castle and gardens. It was constructed between the 13-19th centuries and is still the seat of Clan MacLeod. One of the family’s famous heirlooms is the Fairy Flag (last pic) which is said to have mystical powers to aid the MacLeods in various situations of need.07.24.22 : River Brittle below the Fairy Pools on Isle of Skye during high water.07.24.22 : The normally placid Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye were transformed into raging waterfalls by heavy rain during our visit. Even wearing rain coats we were soaked through after the 2.6 mile walk. Side note: A full outfit change in the back seat of a Vauxhall Corsa is an exercise in contortion.07.23.22 : After a long and wet day of exploring we stopped in the town of Portree. As the most populous settlement on Skye, it offers the largest selection of restaurants, in addition to this picturesque harbour. BTW this pic was taken at almost 10:00pm… it stays light late that far north.
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The Colorado Plateau region never fails to impress. Our recent three week trip was one of the most scenic we’ve ever taken. We’ve been through the area several times before, so this trip allowed us visit some lesser-known attractions to … Continue reading
2016 was another busy year of exploring. From the lonely landscapes of western Texas and New Mexico in April, to the watery world of the upper Great Lakes in July, we observed wildly contrasting parts of the continent. Internationally, we had … Continue reading
New Mexico’s landscapes are some of the wildest in the West, earning it the nickname “Land of Enchantment.” Driving from Carlsbad to Alamogordo provided plenty of varied scenery. The southeastern part of the state is mostly desert plains, but driving … Continue reading
Our first trip of 2016 took us to two states, three national parks, two national monuments and even a brief lunch stop in Mexico. Here’s how it all breaks down by the numbers. Click the image for larger view.
Images from our trip to Texas and New Mexico, April 13-24, 2016. Click to enlarge, read captions and view slideshow.
Our spring break trip to Texas and New Mexico begins in just one week! Here’s a preview of the five major National Park Service sites we’ll be visiting, three National Parks and two National Monuments. Click the image for a larger … Continue reading
Last August, we got a jump start on planning our upcoming spring break trip. The first thing we booked was our return flight from Albuquerque to Chicago using air miles. Unfortunately in the months since August, the airline changed its … Continue reading