Up Next on the Blonde Coyote: the Emerald Isle & Scottish Highlands!

Seek and ye shall find!

Seek and ye shall find!

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!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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10 Responses to Up Next on the Blonde Coyote: the Emerald Isle & Scottish Highlands!

  1. ritaroberts says:

    Have a wonderful time with your family Mary. Scotland is a beautiful place.

  2. Juan Knows says:

    I wish to live your life in a few years time…

  3. Andy says:

    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.

  4. Donna says:

    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.

  5. Have a great time in Ireland and Scotland, really looking forward to your updates if you get the time.

  6. RoSy says:

    Have a wonderful & safe trip. And – enjoy the time with your family!

  7. Tiffani says:

    Have an absolutely lovely time. I can’t wait to read and see pictures about it all !

  8. andy1076 says:

    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 🙂

  9. Looking forward to reading about the wonderful adventures and seeing photos of your next travels. Joyful journeys to you! Carol

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