Puffin Therapy in the Scottish Highlands

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts

Spending the Day with Puffins in Scotland

Puffins are delightful sea birds that live in the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Part of our trip to Scotland included a day-long tour off the western coast to the remote Treshnish Isles. We book the “Puffin Therapy” tour with Turus Mara. Our ferry departed from the seaside town of Oban at 9 a.m. After an hour long ride, we landed on the Isle of Mull. Then when we took a rough van ride across the rural island (all one-lane roads and lots of sheep) to the next part of our journey: a converted fishing boat. Another hour on the sea brought us to the Treshnish Isles: a group of small islands that are part of the Inner Hebrides. Along the way we spotted seals and dolphins. Continue reading

Day Trip: Botany Bay

The weekend after our dog died, we were desperate to get out of the house. We not only wanted a change of scenery, but a place to go that didn’t remind us of our beloved Ruby everywhere we looked.

We had been to Botany Bay once before, a few years ago. I remembered that the beach was long and narrow, so it was important to go when the tide was low or going out. I also made a mental note to never go on a hot day in the summer…and even though it was mid-July we decided we could handle it if we went early. Finally, Botany Bay is a place we told my family about countless times, but it’s close to an hour away from where we live so they hadn’t been. Since my parents and sister were in town visiting from Kentucky, we figured that now was the right time to pack up the car and head to Botany Bay. Continue reading