October 23, 2004
Cuillin Mountains Scotland - Untouched & Wild
I came down off the backside of the mountain to the discover the awe-inspiring nature of this landscape. A loch (lake) nestled inside of a vast canyon created from the surrounding mountain runoff. These mountains poured out vast amounts of freshwater springs that came down the sides of the mountain into this loch, to eventually run into the sea (left not pictured). This whole area was owned by an individual family, and its amazing to think that someone could own this, when it seemed it owned itself and nothing could contain it.
Chris one of the guides on the trip told me that these mountains were good at absorbing demons, and that if we had any we should leave here without them. A faithful command that feel in sync with the mindset of the country. Very proud, very honest, and for some people something that ran through their very nature. We will not leave it unless it leaves us.
The water that ran off the mountains required no treatment to drink, it was better than bottled, and it tasted clear but not sweet. The ground was wet and soggy, with a certain softness to it that aided the trek. It was sharp with rocks, but smoothed with time. This whole area as I learned was under one big glacier about 10,000 years ago, a "time before time" as it was referred to. The rocks here were as old as creation, and oddly set anew each summer when the snow melted. I feel very fortunate to have been here.Posted by Ben at October 23, 2004 03:17 AM