Monday, July 24, 2017

Mike the Gnome: Explorer and Whiskey Drinker

It's been awhile, dear readers!  I hope your summer is treating you well.  Mine has been a doozy with a crazy work schedule and a long-awaited journey.  As I'm sure you can deduct from the title of this here post, Mike, my ever adventurous traveling companion, joined me me on the journey.  We got several curious looks but even more smiles which makes lugging him around worth it.

The wonderful Becky Tilson at Tilson Travels put together a literary tour of Scotland and Ireland as a fundraiser for my library.  A portion of the travel fee goes back to the library, and the travelers get an experience of a lifetime.  Scotland and Ireland have been on my traveling bucket list forever, and I can't recommend visiting enough - especially Scotland.  I left my heart in the Highlands and have officially added hiking the West Highland Way to that very same bucket list.

I won't bore you with all of my 300+ pictures, but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with Mike (several of which sent me into a fit of giggles because the little guy is just so darn cute.)

 Mike in Edinburgh, Scotland and Edinburgh Castle.

Mike visiting Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

 Mike hanging out at the Queen's home - Balmoral Castle

Mike taste-testing Scottish whiskey...and over-indulging.

 Mike visits the Clava Cairn - prehistoric tombs blanketed in myth and lore.  (He might or might not be trying to go through the stone to find Jamie Fraser).

Mike takes a ride on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.

 Mike explores Kilekenny Castle...and photo bombs some familiar selfie takers.

 Mike falls in love with Desmond Castle in Adare, Ireland.

Mike finds his courage on the edge of the world at the Cliffs of Moher.

We're already planning our next adventure together.  Mike has his sights on the Mediterranean and a trip to Greece and Italy, but I suppose we'll just have to see where the winds take us.  Where do you think Mike should travel next?

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