Monday 14th July – Sunday 20th July
Not a great deal to say about our working week other than business as usual. For a few nights our tent field was completely full with a mix of solo tenters, a group of ten German tenters and some teenagers undertaking their ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ Award which entailed, once they had spent a night of luxury with us, spending four days of gruelling walking in the mountains and sleeping either in their tents on the mountains or in ‘Bothy’s’ if they were lucky !! The tent field was full but there was no late night noisy drinking sessions and it really is a nice atmosphere watching all the tenters return in the evening from whatever daytime activities they had been engaged in, gathering under the communal ‘gazebo’ preparing their food and chattering. I occasionally take a walk around the site in the evening, when we are the Duty Wardens, just before we close the office and check that everyone is okay, the Motorhomers and Caravanners seconded on their own spacious gravel hard standing pitches, some sat inside their vans whilst others may be sat outside enjoying the early evening sunshine with pre-dinner aperitifs, some with BBQ coals getting hot, ready to accept the variety of meats that will sizzle upon them and the smells will waft across the site, others with meals already prepared and ready to be devoured. I always have a bit of banter with them, many offer a glass of wine or beer but I respectfully decline telling them that I am on duty, if I accepted the ‘refreshments’ I would be well inebriated by the time I returned to the office !! Perhaps I should take the evening walk when I am not on ‘Duty Warden’ !!
On Wednesday we spent our afternoon off confined to barracks due to the weather, let’s just say that the wet stuff was ‘persistently’ falling. However, our full day off on Thursday was forecast to be cloudy, dry and warm, a perfect day for walking. We were awoken early due to our ‘German’ group of tenters dismantling all their tents and gathering up their equipment. It was as forecast, cloudy, warm and more importantly it was dry so we decided that today would be the day to do the walk to the ‘Falls of Glomach‘. Our guide notes stated that it was a medium to hard walk that would take between 6-8 hours to complete so we needed to get our picnic lunch sorted, flask of coffee made and an extra bottle of juice. The mandatory binoculars and camera were readied along with the hiking poles and then time to put on the walking boots and hit the trail. I cannot say that either of us were convinced that we really wanted to put ourselves through what was going to be, in parts, a painful exertion, but it was on our ‘To Do’ list and with just seven weeks remaining it was now or never……………..
And that was that, we had succeeded in our mission but now the walk back, yes we had climbed up but we had also made a few descents so it wasn’t quite going to be all downhill. I have shown most of the scenery so it is much of the same on the return leg. We did however see more Herds of Deer on the opposite face of the mountain that really did test the capabilities of my camera, and a steady hand with a fully extended zoom !!
We were just driving back to the campsite, we just happened to mention that it was a pity that we hadn’t seen any Stags when………………….
So, it has been a few weeks since our last real ‘expedition’ and lack of stunning scenic photographs but these I trust will make up for that.
As we have now completed our Eleventh week and enter our last seven weeks in this beautiful place time is ticking away like a runaway steam train………….talking of which, we still have the ‘Hogwarts Express’ to do as well as trying to fit in a Kayaking adventure so we haven’t quite finished this part of our adventure just yet………………………….