|path outside Pluscarden Abbey, Northern Scotland|
It is now officially over a year since the last time I was out of the country. Sara and I traveled for 8 days to Scotland with a brief stop in Copenhagen in Oct/Nov of 2010. It was one of the best vacations of my adult life. I really think I could live in Edinburgh for the rest of my natural life (and I am still trying to figure out how I could swing a PhD there....) One of the things I love about the British Isles is their commitment to walking holidays. I grew up in the land of roadtrips and I treasure the hours, days, and occasional weeks the my family spent on the road exploring the glories of these United States. Walking across the US is something only a very few ever even think of attempting. But in Scotland or England, it is entirely doable in 2 or 3 weeks.
Which brings me to my current timewaster--researching walking trips in Scotland. I've mentioned before how much I love walking and hiking. Often it seems the perfect antidote to my monkey mind. Today I wandered around cyberland looking at options and found a fun website that outlines some of the best walking trips in that lovely and rugged country.
The plan, currently, is to plan one of these trips, possibly the Coast to Coast route, to celebrate the completion of my MA (estimated May 2013). That gives us more than enough time to get more fit and to do some shorter hikes here in the US. This makes me VERY EXCITED!