465 Feet! (7 July 2015)

That’s the height of Duncryne Hill near Gartocharn, or 88 metres if you’re down with the kids!  It’s also about the height my heart jumped on the way back down from the summit after enjoying the post sunset tranquility overlooking the southern end of Loch Lomond.

Sunday evening was very pleasant & still so I decided to go for a little adventure somewhere I’d not been before.  I parked the car at the bottom of the hill & set off on the path to the top.  I did notice a small sign on the first gate which warned visitors to stick to the path & not to stray into the woods.

Anyway I must’ve been about an hour at the summit, “On top of the world, looking down on creation”  Feeling blessed to live so near to such a beautiful spot with mist rising in the fields down below.  Eventually my camera battery ran out so after taking in the scene for the last time I packed up my gear and headed back to the car.

It was getting pretty dark by now, after all it was getting close to midnight, so I was carefully picking my way along the path by torchlight.  Taking care not to lose my footing on the slippery wet ground in my smooth soled pumps, not really thinking about anything in particular I reached the section of the path that heads into the woods.  The dark, misty woods!

It’s funny how the mind works, as up until this point I’d completely forgotten about the sign on the gate and it’s “Don’t stray off the path” warning.  Of course my brain thought it would be funny to remind me of the sign by associating it with some old werewolf horror movie.  Not only that, but just at the same time I’m forming these thoughts, by torchlight remember, in the dark, misty woods, a bloody bird decided he wasn’t so keen on my presence there and decided to make a break for it from the treetops.

465 feet then is not only the height of Duncryne Hill, but is also about the distance I jumped. I’m not sure if I made any involuntary sounds, but I’m happy to report that my underwear survived.  The rest of the way back to the car may have been covered slightly more quickly!

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