Loch Ness and Beyond
Wed 22 Jul 2009 15:38
Alongside Dochgarroch Lock, Caledonian Canal
Wind: light variable
Weather: sunny & cloudy, mild to warm
Yesterday we passed through the locks before Loch Ness with about five other craft, much to the delight of the tourists, and tied up alongside another boat directly after. No solution to the propane problem was found in Fort Augustus and we stopped at the market for some supplies, a couple of veggies and some Digestives, Bob's favourite "biscuit". We also caught a picture of Nessie, in garden form. Afterwards we returned to Sylph and had a dinner of steak sandwiches. The steak here is significantly tougher than in America, and on occasion Thomas had to employ his hands to eat it.
We set out onto Loch Ness today, equipped with binoculars and the Ness 440 depth sounder, which would display any fish or perhaps monster below us. We were rewarded with a few suspicious blips and something that may have been the tip of one of Nessie's ears. The weather has been strangely good for Scotland but unfortunately there was little or no breeze the whole way through the loch so we had to motor through. For lunch we had tuna, along with a debate about religion and politics. By midday we reached the end of the loch and are now waiting for the Lock Master to let us through.
Yesterday, I was given a bit of cow and today, a touch of tuna entered my bowl. The culinary improvement in my food has been absolutely astounding as of late, relative to my normal meal of kibbles. However I mustn't get my hopes up. At any rate, I must get some sleep to digest these delicacies. zzzzz.
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