Finding the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Loch Eil...Loch Lomond...Loch Leven...Loch Maree...Loch Awe...Loch Tay...Loch Ness (didn't see no monster)....Loch Shin...and....Loch Katrine!
My eldest daughter's name is Katrine. When she was born we thought we had invented a name. We liked Katrina but it didn't sound right in French so we dropped the A and added an E. Now I find out that it's actually a Scottish name. It's not a very popular name, though the people I asked did say that some people have that name. I don't think there's anyone in Canada with that name. What I found out about the name is that it's from the Gaelic word, "cateran" (or something like that), but I do remember that it means Highland Robber. Who knew?
So Kat, you no longer have a unique name, though it is still quite rare.
Today I rode around the Loch Lomond National Park. I literally rode "around" the park. I did go into the park at one point to get to Loch Katrine,  but then took the road that went around the park. It was an awe inspiring ride. I got wet. I was cold. I was shivering. Then the sun would come out and I would dry out. When I rode along the shore of Loch Lomond the clouds burst open. I couldn't see a thing. I was smiling the whole time.
Life doesn't get any better than this. Or does it?
I drove by the Sterling Castle and Wallace Tower. There was no time to stop, except to take pictures. My ride was over 250 kms and took all day, which included a long stopover at Loch Katrine.
The B&B I'm at is simply amazing. It's a 150 year old house that is extremely beautifully decorated by the owners Jane and Adrian. Last night there were also 2 couples from South Africa (I think they were both from South Africa) staying here. We chatted at length at the breakfast table, especially after I told them about what I do (am doing) and one of the gentlemen said I sounded like Robert Pirsig who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I told him that was quite a "coincidence" (yes, I know, coincidences don't exist) as I was currently reading that book. He had found the book quite "life changing". Then I mentioned the Law of Attraction and we chatted about that (the women had heard about that). I did get one of their business cards and an offer of a place to stay when I'm in South Africa (now I have to figure out when I'm going to do that trip).
On the last part of my drive back to the B&B I noticed this rainbow. I was riding right down the middle of it. I could see both ends. Then I noticed that I could see one end of it touching the ground. I don't remember ever seeing a rainbow where it touched the ground. The end of the rainbow lit up this grove of trees. The trees were just shining. Then a few minutes later I saw the end of the rainbow again. This time it lit up this golden field of wheat.
Yes! I did find the Pot (or field, if you want to split hairs with semantics) of Gold at the End of the Rainbow!
As usual, there's a lot more "underlying form" in what I'm stating then the obvious. What an amazing book I'm going to be writing.
Think It! Feel It! Live It!
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cobra1899 on

Bursting Bubbles!
See, I just made a point I wasn't expecting to make.

Often we believe that what we consider 'unique', really isn't once we open up our eyes and realize that there is so much 'out there' that we do not know.

In my heart, 'my' Katrine will always be 'unique'. There is no one else who has had the same experiences as her and so no one else can be her.

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