After a wet Sunday it was a pleasure to see the sun out this morning. Better still, it was a Bank Holiday Monday and there was no rushing to and fro, no school nor work. After a leisurely morning we decided to walk Jack at the back of Mugdock Country Park, joining the West Highland Way for a while but mostly walking on a narrow mountain bike trail running parallel to the main path in the woods. We didn't manage to talk the teenager into joining us. He was busy making route cards for his Duke of Edinburgh expedition in June. He said he might be too busy even to empty the dishwasher :-)
The walk was lovely. It was a bit like going on a bear hunt. There was the dense Gruffalo* forest, a steep wooded hillside to scramble down, a bog to squelch through, loch side walking and a path meandering through bluebell woodlands. In a couple of weeks, it will be astonishingly beautiful but for now, only a few blue bells were flowering. There was plenty of animal excrement for the dog to roll in, and some dead frogs, too. We didn't encounter any bears but there were thousands of spiders in the bog. I took a bit of a tumble and bashed my shin quite impressively. I would show you but I am still wearing my winter leg hair and I don't want to frighten anybody. Instead some (plenty) photos of the walk. Enjoy!
We are lucky to live so near such beautiful countryside. Back to work tomorrow but there is plenty to look forward to. More on that another day. Enjoy your week!
* Richard says that the Gruffalo lives in the pine forest past Kyber Pass behind Mugdock Country Park.