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!
Have a wonderful time with your family Mary. Scotland is a beautiful place.
I wish to live your life in a few years time…
I have traced my family back several generations in all directions(!) and have found ancestors from southern Ireland. I am trying to find my Scottish origins-my surname Murray having originated from Moray.
Have yet to visit Ireland, but I love the Scottish Highlands, around Glencoe is stunning.
My favourite place of all though is Orkney-all that history and remote islands. Look forward to your posts.
My family was from Scotland as well, enjoy your visit, can’t wait for the post as I have always wanted to go, but have never made it yet.
Have a great time in Ireland and Scotland, really looking forward to your updates if you get the time.
Have a wonderful & safe trip. And – enjoy the time with your family!
Have an absolutely lovely time. I can’t wait to read and see pictures about it all !
Scotland is so my bucket list, Well. To be honest, everywhere in Europe is since I’ve been trying to get out of canada for the longest time lol 🙂
Looking forward to reading about the wonderful adventures and seeing photos of your next travels. Joyful journeys to you! Carol