A Date up Mt Doom
As we reached the crest of that first hill, up onto the rocky volcanic plateau, we looked back over the short distance we’d come. The ground sloped away, back down the path we’d taken that wound its way through the protected vegetation of New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park. Far away in the hazy distance, we could just make out the peak of Mt Taranaki on the West coast. Turning back to face what we’d yet to tackle, we shared a shy smile, both feeling content in our surroundings.
5 Days in the Scottish Highlands
Refreshed and dry, with our kit organised and a slight hangover from excessive prosecco the night before, we set off from the hotel with Ali behind the wheel. That didn't last long – he played the ‘Birthday’ trump card to instead relax in the passenger seat taking pictures and eating my half of the snacks.
5 days in the Scottish Highlands
"What shall we do? "... come back tomorrow?" "Come back tomorrow, 100%". We laughed as we turned around right at the beginning of the Old Man of Storr walking trail, passing another couple who shared a knowing glance and a chuckle, as the two of us in our shorts, seemingly unprepared for the gailforce winds and rain, made our way back to our rented Land Rover to instead tackle the trail the next day.