|Leaving historic Arbroath...for a "brief"morning run.|
Jet lag behind us, we were itching to get going on a good run / hike / walk. On this Thanksgiving Monday, we decided to investigate the nearby cliff trail that begins just outside the town of Arbroath and parallels the North Sea coast. We'd heard that it might be temporarily closed due to recent erosion and figured we'd only be on the route for an hour or so - so didn't take anything to drink or snack on which we usually do. At the Victoria Park trail head, the path appeared to be open and we hadn't gone very far at all when I heard my father's voice, "I dinnae ken it would be like this..." The coastal beauty along the red 400 million-year-old sandstone cliffs was more than stunning, it simply took your breath away.
|Joan, in the "Needle's E'e" high above the sea.|
Not far along, a tiny track leads to the Needle's E'e. Carefully descending, we discovered a natural arch, the remains of a sea cave that has collapsed and runs parallel to the coastline. It is more usual to find such arches at right angles.
Running along the path just a little further, you come upon a most impressive sea-stack named the Deil's Head. It looks very much like a massive and bulbous head...
|I've never run on a trail so incredibly beautiful - by "Deil's Head", Seaton Cliffs.|
|A young man gives scale to the height of this impressive sea-stack.|
Just when we thought we should probably turn around (having no drink or snack), we came upon another tiny trail that promised an interesting beach. It was more than interesting.
|One of many beaches...and a peace that "passes all understanding".|
|Water flowing from deep under the sandstone cliffs...|
and five shells, just to say that we were there.
|The North Sea, through a natural arch.|
|Finally, across the fields, Auchmithie, the parish church...|
and something to eat and drink?
|Yes! The "But n Ben".|
Ahh, but too late for lunch and too early for supper.
There was, however, a public washroom. It was open and it was sparkling clean. Never before have multiple handfuls of fresh, cold water from a toilet wash basin faucet tasted so good and so refreshing!
|Main street, Auchmithie...and we got lucky!|
|Retracing our steps, we were "nourished" by the land and seascape.|
|Home in Arbroath, 20.7 kms later.|
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on life. For all of us, there are good times but there are also times that can be very, very difficult, even heartbreaking. Every single experience, however, is an opportunity to learn and to grow and to discover that we have sources of strength within and around us that we perhaps never imagined could be there. That alone makes it possible to be thankful in and for all things. With that ability, we will always find meaning...in every moment of time. And it is most certainly meaning that gives richness and vibrancy to life.