Friday 25th October – with Dick & Isabel Quinby & Karen Garrett
15.6 miles … 2,329′ ascent … 2,128 calories … 35,563 steps … 6 hours 5 minutes
We woke up to our first frost this morning and a beautiful view. Bablu got us to Drymen where we met up with Karen (from the Isle of Man … we were at school together!), and Dick and Isabel, great friends from Northumbria (Fiona lived with Isabel at St Andrews University)
It was a very picturesque morning walk, seasonal and included some great conversation, included some magnificent climbs, particularly Conic Hill, a popular walk from Balmaha, where Fiona had ‘bagged’ a cosy table for lunch next to a roaring log fire.
Karen and Isabel travelled back to Drymen in the camper van, while Dick and I continued along the shores of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan. Karen is now heading to Mull, then Iona.
By the time we reached Rowardennan Fiona and Isabel had the kettle on and supper almost ready. We ate in Bablu, after Fiona had a swim in the loch and I bathed my feet (sissy… Ed!). By the way, there is now snow on the surrounding mountains!
We are sleeping idyllically in the campervan, on the shores of Loch Lomond tonight before a full on day tomorrow, walking to Crianlarich (and missing the Rugby semi-final… 😟)
PS Read 1 Kings 2:2-4 today… thought for the day – what would your last words be?
2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go 4 and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
PPS We have now raised over £19,000 … nearly enough for 4 rescues…