Let's Go Climb a Rock

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Do you see a 'path'? Me neither! Of course, that didn't stop me.
Wednesday

My initial plans had me leaving Iona on Wednesday. I decided I really wanted to stay.  I couldn't remain at the Argyll (no room) but I found another B&B on the west side of the island that had a room (not easy, this is high season). After sleeping in today, I got myself together and got to the other B&B.  I have an honest-to-God shower!!!  I'm so irrationally happy about that.

It's about a 20 minute walk from the B&B back to the village. I tried to take a cute picutre of me standing in the road to convey to all of you just how narrow the roads are.  I was going to set the camera on a fence post but along the way I also discovered just how deep those grass-filled ditches beside the road are!  Consequently, no pics.
At the top, trying not to be blown over by the wind!
You'll just have to use your imagination.

Today, the clouds are low but there's still plenty of light. There's also plenty of wind again. Lots and lots of wind I actually stopped in one shop and bought a fleece hat and gloves!  In July.  I try not to think about the irony of that for someone who lives in DC.

After a lunch of fish-n-chips, the sun came out and it was a brilliant day. I decided that what I really wanted to do today was hike up Dun I. It's the highest point on the island (all 380 feet of it). It's really a big ol' craggy bit of rock. Sheep, wind, rocks.

Huffed and puffed and scrambled my way to the muddy top. From the top you can see about 75% of the island. Great views. The wind was really really blowing hard up there.
View to the north from the top of Dun I.
I finally found a slightly sheltered spot and tried to nap without much luck (not enough flat land!).

Rested there for a while, enjoying the views, then decided to start back down. It was getting cloudy again. As I got to the road, it started to rain. Hard. I stopped at the first hotel I came to, dripping wet (I am going to break down and buy rain pants and a real rain hat). Stopped in for tea (it was tea time after all), read a book, now I'm using their internet access (way cheaper than the place on Monday). I've also made a dinner reservation for 6:30 here.

'Cause, you know, it's still raining! 

I was going to go to the Iona Historical Center (which is supposed to be pretty good) but it's, y'know, still raining.  I want to go to the 9 pm service at the Abbey. I'll still have enough light to get home. I just hope it's not a 30 minute walk home in the rain.

Though it might be.  This is, after all, Scotland.
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