Waking up Thursday I had mixed emotions about getting in a kayak and paddling around because I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as we got to our site it was time to get my wetsuit, probably the most uncomfortable outfit I have ever worn, and was ready to get out. As I was watching the instructor get into the kayak I was so nervous that I would tip it right away making me cold and wet all day. Somehow I made it in without too much rocking. The instructors began to explain how to paddle, turn, and what to do if anyone was to capsize. Luckily, I am comfortable in water and wasn’t too scared about being upside down and having to release my spray deck in order to be able to swim to the top.
We paddled up and down the local lochs, having to fight a small current on the way back to camp. Upon return, my arms were about to fall off and felt as if my back was going to snap anytime. The kayaking was much fun and I am ready to do it again! I would not be surprised if the first time I capsize my outlook on paddle sports may change, it is bound to happen sometime while I am here. After a chilly day outside all day, it was a group decision that a girls night was needed. My one friend made dinner for myself and one other. It was delicious and just when I thought I couldn’t have anymore she got dessert out. It is very possible that it is now my favorite dessert ever!
Yesterday I met up with my Uncle Kyle, Aunt Deanna, and cousins Elaina and Kyra. We went on a tour cruise around the loch and even got to see a couple of sea otters. There were also salmon and mussel farms along the route that we took. I then showed them High Street and we went into a pub for a little snack and to plan what to do for the rest of the day. We found Neptune’s Staircase about two miles away and made the decision to walk there. The majority of the walk was along the water or in beautiful green land but we were on a street for a bit with the cars flying by us really fast. Neptune’s Staircase is a bunch of gates that stop the water from running down into the loch from the canal. We had dinner on that side of town at Moorings, I had my first cheeseburger and it was delicious. The really tasty stuff was dessert though; the five of us split chocolate brownie with ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, and Irish Cream pudding. The tired legs and cool of the night made the choice to take the bus back, we were outside the bus stop for almost 30 minutes before it pulled up.
Today was also fun with the family. Our bus to Inverness was at 8:15 AM, although the drive is a beautiful one I am pretty sure that everyone had fallen asleep at least once. We stopped at Urquhart Castle on the way and walked around inside. The castle sits on the coast of Loch Ness and has a beautiful view in the background. It was time to catch our bus into town so we raced up the hill to see the bus driving away!! It wasn’t the original plan, but we all got a bite to eat and back up with plenty of time to spare for the next bus.
Once in town we decided to take a taxi out to Culloden Battlefield. I learned a lot about the war and saw a play of what a war would have looked like that long ago. The museum contained many artifacts from the time period such as guns and bullets; things have changed a lot since then. The taxi came back to get us and we had some “linner” before returning to Fort William. The Exchange is where we ate, a pub with many decisions. I had the fish and chips, the fish was about a foot long and three inches wide. There was an option of having the large portion of fish, I can’t imagine what that looked like. I am enjoying being with my family and being able to see all the sites with them. More days to come with them!