The way to Stornoway

Trip Start May 14, 2013
Trip End Jun 24, 2013

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

So to start the day off, we planted 2 trees to offset our carbon emissions on the bus, so that was pretty darn cool. Those trees will be surrounded by many others and in 20 years, an awesome forest will be there.

Segue. A new lot of people joined us in Inverness. This trip has actually been interesting for a reason I didn't really consider. Human behaviour. As previously discussed, I reflected on my interactions and my reasoning and what not. It has been interesting to see the way people interact and act. As I said, we all seem to feel a need to fill a role. I imagine this is comes down to survival instincts. If you aren't useful, you will be outcast or ostracised and not taken care of or find a mate etc. Clearly this instinct is alive and well in most people. Humans are clearly pack animals. Everyone forms their little groups and cliques.

So long as I have someone to talk to at stops and to eat with and take my pic .... I'm quite ok being alone otherwise.

For eg, just had a stop at Beauly Priory ruins for a wee break etc and I happily sat on my own and ate my fruit salad and watched everyone else group up. Is this because I live on my own and actually ENJOY my company? Of course I like having people to talk to, but I don't feel the need to surround myself with people. It's almost like people define themselves by the people that will 'accept' them. Fuck that! Define yourself! And then YOU can accept people, not the other way around. At least that way, you are being true to yourself and no just people pleasing.

Will be interesting to see what it's like on my next tour. I'm glad it's shorter, as I'm getting tense. Not used to being around this many people for so long. At a different place to the rest of the group for the next 2 nights as the hostel doesn't have private rooms. So if they will have wifi, I will be haaaaappy. A bit of space. Never again will I question if being a hermit is 'okay'. Because however you are that makes you happy ... That's always ok! Water will always find its level. So too do people.

Haha we just got lost ...

Ok so then lunch stop was Rogie Falls. Sign said they were a 5 min walk. Score (esp after the hikes we have been doing lately (well for me they are)) ... Yeh that 5 min was a steady decline. What goes down ....

The falls were nice enough, but in his usual style, Joe veered off on some goat track up the top of the falls. Like seriously, I'm not even just being a drama queen, it was legit unsafe. The track was super narrow next to a drop off in some places, and in others places you are stepping down into deep leaf cover when the path disappears, which could have anything under it. Roots/rocks/logs ... Oh and it was all gradually going downhill of course .... Nothing in this fucking place is flat! Sure, it was pleasant enough where we ended up .... But I was legitimately getting a little upset about the whole thing. I think Joe does go 'off book' a lot and sometimes not in the safest way. So after slogging back to the falls, the had the original path to walk back up ....:(. Had lunch here.

More driving. Stopped at Corrieshalloch Gorge. Oh more downhill ....why not. Got to the suspension bridge and yep, it was pretty wow. As you were walking over the bridge you kept waiting to see the bottom, but all you saw was more walls. Until the middle of the bridge (which has stupidly low rails! (Ie my waist)) did you see the bottom. It was so deep! More uphill. Needed to kill some time before our ferry, so we did some highland dancing in the car park lol

Then to Ullapool for the ferry. It was huuuuge. It's a super lovely little town. I would defs holiday there. Knocked around on the ferry. Went up top, hung out, ate ... Is about a 2 hour crossing. Made it incident free to Stornoway. I was staying at Barbara Burns' b&b, and it was lovely! I decided to keep my shoes on and head up to the castle. It was about 9 when i set off. Stopped at the Co-Op and bought some dinner (fruit salad ....) and headed off. Crossed over the creek and into the castle woods. Struck up a convo with a German woman who lived there now and she told me about the castle and how crazy religious all the Protestants still are. I carried on up to the castle which was fenced off as they are restoring it. I would have luuuurved getting in there. I went around the side and found some whacky old water feature and an interesting building behind it. But it was getting a little creepy up there. Was past 10 by this point, it was still well daylight, but it's rather deserted up there and I was getting a bit of a squicky feeling, so walked down to the bike/running path and headed back to the b&b. Stornoway is a gorgeous little sleepy old town. Our 'Wild ad Sexy' bus wouldn't have been allowed in the town 10 years ago because it says 'sexy' ... People were pointing a lot at the bus .....
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