First of 2008

What a wonderful weekend, reminding us why we love living in Scotland.

Friday - snow on the hills, F5 south westerly, decent swell - all in all a rather exciting first paddle for the year, even if it was just 20km.

The shoulder still isn't right but it's improving... slowly. Launched at Glenuig, across the head of Loch Ailort, around the last island and then into Loch nan Umah, which I'm told is pronounced Loch Na Noo. This is where Charles Edward Stewart left for France after the failed Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

Saturday - stepping over the small fence behind our house, we hiked up Ben Resipol our favourite local hill. The views back to the panorama of Scottish mountains start superb and just get better. Clearing the final summit reveals a breathtaking seascape, from the Skye Cullin, across Rum and Eigg and the Sound of Mull.

OK, so Sunday was wet. So I put together my Norway presentation for Canoe Expo while Liz worked on planking out the loft.

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