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Loch Ness Monster: Real or Real?

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As we drove toward Loch Ness on our last day here in Scotland, we were going about business as usual, with me reading about the next stop ahead as Luke was playing foreign driver in the wind, ditching cars, and shifting on the wrong side of the car. We had to pull of the road for a quick emergency pit stop and as Jaden was hiding behind his door, a gust of wind came and blew so hard that the door hit him in the head and knocked him over. I had gotten out to take pictures (of the mountains, not the pit stop!) and had I not been blown backwards a good five steps and almost fallen down myself, I might have been laughing. Justice and Luke were safely in the car laughing hard at both of us. We'll say I used a wide foot base and held the door so Jaden could wrap things up safely.

There are two major exhibits in Loch Ness - Nessieland and the Loch Ness Exhibition Center. As you can imagine, Nessieland is a healthy injection of goodness for the imagination with its photos, stories, and large bright green Nessie statue out front. I cringed as I read about the "other" exhibit that we were going to and its scientific presentation on the Loch Ness myth. I knew that we were preparing to crush the dreams of the kid who sat in the backseat of the car with my camera in hand "just in case". The Center and presentation were...detailed. I'll summarize by saying that we essentially started at the beginning of time and through video and props, peeled every possible Nessie option to the core for a good, hard, debunking, chewed it up, then spit it out. While wondering if Nessie may have been a remainder from the ice ages, video showed earth's templates moving, the lights came on in the dark room we were standing in for long enough to see that everything was frozen solid so it didn't happen and that was that. Psssh! (That's my spitting out the possible sound). We sat underwater as the waves moved on the walls around us and we learned why the sounds coming from underwater weren't an option either. Psssh! Not happening. We joined the official headquarters that set cameras up around the lake in the 60's and spent over a decade watching the water. Psssh! They didn't see a thing. We then played games that come from my world in the psychology field where you give someone a photo and sing the "do you see what I see" song. Psssh! Glad they cleared that up too. As we were walking back to the car, I asked Jaden if he enjoyed his time. He did - and he was wondering if he could borrow the camera for our drive past the remainder of the Loch. Look at that! Science can't touch this boy! Don't worry, Justice's feet are firmly planted in the realm of reality and she rests easy knowing that there is no Nessie, but Jaden clicked away as we drove on into Inverness.

With a flight out to London at the crack of dawn tomorrow, we knew we wanted an early dinner and bedtime. We grabbed a seat in a busy restaurant down the street from our room. We figured we should give Scottish whiskey a chance while in Scotland (because there is no other reason for me to drink such a thing at home!). Our bartender gave us one 'mild' and one 'smoky'. I think they could be better referred to as one 'disgusting' and one 'cat formaldehyde flavor from college lab class' but I've never worked in a distillery, so I wouldn't really know. Blah. Check that experience off the list! P.S. Don't forget to set the clocks forward. Oops! Almost missed that one - and a plane!

Posted by akgearhard 02:04 Archived in Scotland

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