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Scotland Slowly, Day 3

Birds, Seals and Cake, Oh My


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Greetings from Scotland, just off of Staffa!

Let’s begin today’s wee tale with last night. At dinner, Joe and I were presented with a small cake, in celebration of our anniversary. Our actual anniversary isn’t until August, but this voyage is how we are celebrating. It was a very nice gesture, and we enjoyed the cake, and sharing it with our dinner companions for the evening. Unfortunately, we didn't think to take a photo until after we had started eating:
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Here’s a nice photo of the sunset that we enjoyed, while also watching some seals (unfortunately, no good seal photos):
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We then went to the first part of the evening’s entertainment, to finish our wine and to listen to the performer of the evening, a Scottish singer. And, then off to bed, since we had learned that it was going to be an early morning.

Sunday, June 23

Wake up call was at 0630! Yikes, although not much different from when I normally get up on Sunday mornings.

Since Joe and I were in the color group that would be second to board the Zodiacs to be transported to Staffa, we got up before the wake up call, at 6:00, and went to the area of the ship where they offer continental breakfast for early risers, or those who are forced to arise early. We had a cup of coffee and delicious, and still warm, croissants.

Then it was time to arrange ourselves for our journey—about an hour in a Zodiac exploring around Staffa. We were not allowed to get out of the Zodiac. Rain pants, rain jacket, boots, fleece, etc. And camera.

By Zodiac, we were able to view the stunning volcanic formation of Staffa, along with Fingal’s cave, and the cave next door, which was dubbed “Mrs. Fingal’s Cave" by those who were in our boat We also watched various water fowl, like ducks and puffins.

Here’s a shot from inside the cave:
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The weather was just about ideal. Not cold and not windy. Overcast, but not raining.

Now we back onboard the Ocean Endeavor, heading to Iona. Joe and I are in the first group to disembark, and that should happen around 1:00 this afternoon. We are hoping to have a great afternoon on Iona.

Since the rest of today is likely to be busy, we probably won’t post again until tomorrow. But, we’ll see. It all depends on the amount of downtime we end up having, along with our ability to connect with the temperamental wifi.

Slainte!

Posted by ORWAT 02:37 Archived in Scotland Tagged scotland ocean cave staffa slowly endeavor fingal's

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I particularly love that last picture!

by Laurie Osborne

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