|On a well-travelled path, Joan nears the Airlie Monument.|
|The door was locked - good thing as it probably kept us out of trouble.|
|The monument now behind us, and the "path" becoming increasingly less travelled.|
|The view from the high ridge was timeless...and breathtaking.|
|And then we ran out of "trail". but the little map was astonishingly accurate.|
|Was this simple marker built last year...ten years ago...a thousand years ago...?|
From the wind-swept Angus Glens, just outside Forfar, Scotland, peace be with you…wherever you find its deepest expression.
PS: For those interested in minimalist footwear:
In the interests of packing “light” for this time in Scotland, we each brought only one pair of “dress” shoes, one pair of Vibram FiveFingers (for running), and one pair of Merrell Trail Gloves (for everything else).
We had wondered if we might need to go out and purchase some light, hiking boots but elected to try the outing in the “glens” in the lightweight Merrells.
Like VFFs, they provide no cushioning, no support, no heel rise, and very little protection. They have amazing ground feel and are virtually “weightless”.
Conventional wisdom (and sure, perhaps, common sense) would suggest that far more sturdy footwear would be the responsible choice.
That’s probably true if all your current worldly possessions didn’t have to fit into two duffel bags on wheels. The Merrell’s performed just fine.
And, they "roll" into small places when you're packing!