I do most of my traveling stateside, but at least once a year I dust off my passport, park the Teardrop in a safe place, leave my dogs with friends and fly to a foreign land.
Last summer the dogs, the Teardrop and I all went to Canada and the previous winter I flew to Germany to visit my sister for Christmas. The year before that I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru and before that, I climbed a bunch of big volcanoes in Ecuador.
This week I’m flying to Dublin! I’ll be on my own in Ireland for a week and then I’m joining my whole family in Edinburgh for two weeks in the Scottish Highlands. We Mortons don’t take many family trips together so this is a very special occasion.
A year ago today our family matriarch – the original Mary Caperton, known to her grandkids as “Capie” – passed away. Capie’s mitochondrial DNA hails from the Scottish Highlands and this trip honors and celebrates her memory and her legacy.
I can’t think of a better place to call my ancestral home: Scotland is the birthplace of both mountaineering and geology, two of my favorite things! Stay tuned for posts from across the Pond and a Scottish Travels in Geology column in EARTH magazine!