Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How Elaine was probably the Oldest person to hike up to the Wallace Monument

Well, the family's been here for a week.
We started out in Edinburgh for several days, and then went to Stirling. We've been to: Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the National Gallery, the National Museum, Holyrood Park, Stirling Castle, Old Town Stirling, and the Wallace Monument, among many other places.

I've got to send major props to the Mamama. Scotland is hilly. You don't walk around a city and find a flat surface. Often, it manages to be mostly uphill, no matter which way you go. And there's a lot of walking here. Additionally, the castles and monuments sometimes require quite a bit of a hike to get to them. It isn't easy for anyone. Mamama, at 85, and just recovered from a fractured pelvis, has hung in with us. 
Of course, she claims that she's in no shape at all, but it's really funny to watch her speed on by those tour groups of younger retirees...

Basically, I want to be her when I grow up. But don't we all?

Edinburgh Castle

HRG and the Mamama at Edinburgh Castle

Caught in the act

At the National Gallery of Scotland

Outside Holyrood House, Edinburgh
 We returned to Stirling Castle, which was probably our favorite castle from the 2008 trip. The exhibitions at the castle had been even further improved since our last visit.

Ian at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

View of the Wallace Monument from Stirling Castle

The hike up to the Wallace Monument was steep and tricky for anyone. Once we made it there, we climbed the 250ish steps up to the top of the Monument, stopping at various exhibitions conveniently placed every 70 steps or so. 

Ian and JGale at the top of the Wallace Monument

View from the top of the Wallace Monument