|Our Edinburgh Home|
With our perfect location paid for, we searched the city for free activities for families. Our apartment had a amazing view of one: Holyrood Park and the ancient volcanic mountain named Arthur's Seat. The first thing Wyatt asked when he caught a glimpse of it was, "Can we climb that?" My first thought, "No way in hell," but climb it we did.
About half way up the path, I started worrying that I would be the patient in the ER visit. I can't tell how disheartening it is (no pun intended) to have exercised and walked more this past year than ever in my life and still be on the verge of keeling over just going up a hill. My heart was screaming! My husband and two youngest kids bounded off ahead as Anabel and I sat on a pile of rock/steps to catch our breath. Other hikers just stepped over us like we were road kill on their way to the top.
|The Trail up the Mountain|
|Can you see Greg way above?|
|Our View from the top|
Anabel and I triumphantly enjoyed our view and walked down to visit the chapel ruins close up. It would have been easy to just go around, and maybe I would have if my impressionable 13 year old daughter hadn't been with me. I think being a parent makes me want to be a better person; and setting a good example and finishing what you started are just two lessons I struggle with daily. Climbing a mountain did much for our health and our self-esteem. We were further rewarded for our efforts with a spectacular spotting of over 20 swans swimming below the chapel in St. Margaret's Loch. Have I mentioned that Anabel loves swans? She gathered several swan feathers as souvenirs. We may still make it to the emergency room... what kind of germs do bird feathers carry?
|St. Andrew's Chapel Ruins from the Loch|
Similar to our nation's Smithsonian, the museum had many sections: natural life, Egyptian, communication, transportation, and astronomy. Each section had an interactive part so the kids had a blast. After our hike that morning, Greg and I were content to sit in the central grand gallery and let the kids play. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a rainy day in Scotland!
Hours later, we walked home in the rain sipping hot chocolate and coffee. The perfect end to a fantastic family day! (And our £1 drinks came with a doughnut for only 5 pence more... who could say no to that? Not me. Wait. Could that be why I was huffing and puffing on the mountain? If I connect the dots... or donuts, as the case maybe...)