The beauty of Scotland on a warm, bright spring day was beyond my imagining. How lucky then, that I was able to witness the stunning display Mother Nature provided on the third and final full day in Inverie.
One might say I bailed on the second full day of hiking – we were scheduled to hike up Ladhar Bheinn (pr. Larven) – and one might be mostly right.
I wholly expected the aches and pains I felt from the hike up Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe the previous day to leave me feeling like an octogenarian who’d competed in a walker race around the home. Amazingly, I woke up feeling pretty great. That being said, I also knew I’d be walking around Edinburgh in a little over a day’s time. For those of you who don’t know, Edinburgh is hilly!
While the rest of the group, sans George and I, took off for Ladhar Bheinn that morning, I laid in my top bunk reading a bit on the Kindle. Once I roused myself, I got dressed, headed for the common room to log in to a few accounts (read: let the people who actually care about me know that I lived), and had a very interesting conversation with the local teacher. Yes. Local teacher – as in singular.
The sun was shining and the birds were chirping (yes, I realize how sing-song that sounds, but the video doesn’t lie) so I walked my happy self outdoors and the mile or so into Inverie with George, snapped a lot of photos, had a good chat with the man, then stayed for lunch at the Old Forge where I had a life changing conversation with two older couples.
I’ll spare all the details of that except to say this: in travel, you can find things you didn’t realize you’d lost, and you can have that ‘aha’ moment when a stranger merely says aloud, “You’re too young to hate your job.” One statement from the mouth of a stranger changed a number of things in my life when I returned home. I’m back in college and I finally feel like I’ve moved my life out of neutral.
Now on to what you’re really here for – the photos! Be sure the check out my cell phone photo post for some other great shots!