Following My Father


Into the Scottish Highlands

For a time when I was younger, I thought I should grow up to be a doctor, like my Dad. Instead, I’ve become a hiker, like my Dad. A born West Virginian Mountain Man, his adventures on foot make mine look mild. To wit: in May, he hiked all the way from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, down to the Colorado River and back in one day. That’s 19 miles, over 12,000 feet of elevation change, in one go.

We’ve taken quite a few epic hikes together over the past few years: here are a few of my favorite pix from the Scottish Highlands, the Canadian Rockies and Old Rag Mountain in Virginia, which we climbed last year for my 31st birthday. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!


Overlooking the Lairig Ghru in the Scottish Highlands. The next day we hiked through that glacially-carved valley.


Into the Lairig Ghru


Crossing King Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland with my Dad (in blue) sister and brother in law

Crossing King Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland with my Dad (in blue) sister and brother in law


Family portrait on the summit of King Arthur’s Sear in Edinburgh


On the summit of Old Rag on my 31st birthday


On the Iceline Trail in Canada's Yoho National Park

On the Iceline Trail in Canada’s Yoho National Park


Apparently, taste in hats is genetic.

Apparently, taste in hats is genetic.

Go here to read my original posts on the Scottish Highlands, the Lairig Ghru and the Burgess Shale. Also check out my previous Father’s Day post: Fathers And Authors.

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
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9 Responses to Following My Father

  1. allisonfine says:

    Wow these are spectacular! What a great dad.

  2. Seyi sandra says:

    What a wonderful dad you have! Have fun together, explore and enjoy each other’s company! Fantastic post! Awesome pictures.
    Cheers. 🙂

  3. dorannrule says:

    What a great Father’s Day tribute!

  4. great pics, I have a hat like that 🙂

  5. ritaroberts says:

    Great photo’s Mary and what a happy family you are. How nice to have so much in common with your dad, brother and sister. Scotland is a wonderful place for hiking.

  6. Greg says:

    Tell your Dad hello from another WV native! Great post!

  7. I loved hiking the Highlands of Scotland. I did it for a week, half by myself and half with a group. Everything about there is stunning. I wish I could take someone from my family there to experience it.

    These are great pictures.

  8. Charli Mills says:

    What a legacy, hats and all! Beautiful photos, very inspiring.

  9. Your dad is amazing. What a great inspiration and example he set for you. You have been to some wonderful places with him. What a blessing for both of you! Happy journeys to you. Carol

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