Over the Sea to Skye

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Months later, with my desk cleared of work, and our advocacy work shifting to a different phase for the year, I finally had some time this week to sit down and sort through our trip to Scotland in the fall. Windswept, rain-soaked, and warmed by the sun, we ventured from Edinburgh up through the Central Highlands to the Isle of Skye, and back over to Inverness before going back to Edinburgh to return home. The weather changed from one minute to the next and kept us on our toes as we found waterfalls, explored castles, and hiked up mountains and out to fairy pools.

This post is obnoxiously long, and truthfully it could have been much longer, but I probably should have cut it down some more. But I couldn’t. I took an old, cheap camera that isn’t quite up to par with what I use when I go to work, and I’d love to go back someday to explore with something better, but that’s not what this trip was. This trip was chasing kids, tossing a toddler on a hip, getting wet, climbing things, and setting a timer whenever there was a good opportunity to get the four of us. This trip was getting out of our bubble and back to our happy place, discovering something new and sharing it with our kids, and remembering that even after the worst has happened, we still need to find ways to smile and enjoy life, and to be together and make new memories – even if one of us is missing and missed.

We brought Everest and my scarf. We kept our eyes peeled for dandelions (you’ll see some scattered throughout this post), and caught fluff as clouds of it swirled around us in Drumnadrochit. We told stories and held on tight to each other. We laughed and ate and stopped every time we saw something pretty – not always easy on Scottish roads, but always worth it. We remembered Jude and brought him with us as we do everywhere we go – in our hearts and our words and our memories of him and all the things he’d have loved to be doing with us.

So here is our time in Scotland. Enjoy!

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Royal Yacht Britannia:

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Edinburgh:

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Hogwarts Express (the real one!):
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