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West Highland Way

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And we're off (with some new friends)!

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A well-deserved rest

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We separate from the others and take the Conic Hill scenic detour

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I'm not looking forward to the extra climb, though

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We're rewarded some nice views of Loch Lomond

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But it's hard work going up hill with a "rucksack"

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All in a day's work

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The blue of Loch Lomond is intense

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And now for the descent

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I'm glad I have my trusty sticks

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Exhausted. Gotten to the point where I don't remember why I do this and am dreading tomorrow's hard work. Tonight we sleep lakeside, but the place is crowded and hasn't the peace of a lake idyll. I suddenly recall how Jason told me once he would really like to visit an alpine lake. When I asked him why, he responded that he had read somewhere how they were a unique or rare ecosystem. Suddenly it strikes me how much Jason is a boy in search of a good story. There's something sweet and vulnerable about that.

Chris has gotten us into the habit of sleeping without the rain fly at night. When I look up I see the curly tendrils of young tree branches--infinitely lovelier than a bright orange screen. It reminds me of how he used to insist we sleep in the van when it rained, so we could hear the pinging on the car roof. I always protested because I disliked waking up to a stream of students passing by our windows and possibly peering in, but now I'm glad and hopes he always forces me into these little odd behaviors so that I may experience life a little differently, if only in these small ways.

Something in here smells like wet dog, but it's impossible to tell what because the scent keeps escaping like a fuzzy memory that refuses to clarify.

It seems a lifetime ago that we started on this hiking trip.

Posted by chschen 05:00 Archived in Scotland

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