Day 12 – Oh the North Sea!!!!!!


“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” 
-Henry David Thoreau 

May 21, 2014
Fetteresso Forest to Stonehaven (North Sea)

What a great day…
it is our wedding anniversary…
light rain…
good walking with friends…
gentle walking path…
laughing with friends…
warm and sunny weather…
endless views of the ocean…
ice cream…
more laughing…
touching the North Sea (well a bit more than touching)…
more food and ice cream…
evening walk on the beach….
meet more friends…
and celebrating!!!!!

Tomorrow we will be traveling south to the town of Montrose for the big TGO dinner celebration and doing some sight seeing along the way. I am so very thankful tonight for all we have been blessed with. What a great way to celebrate an anniversary and an epic trek.

I am smiling.


















  1. Very much enjoyed reading your account of your TGO Challenge. Good to meet you in Aviemore, if only briefly. We were very lucky with the weather this year. Hope to see you again!

    • Hello Robin,
      Thank you for reading along. It was an enjoyable crossing and fun to blog while on the trail. We hope to participate in the event again in the future. Thank you for your info on your blog. It was super helpful.

  2. Many congratulations on completing your first Challenge. I very much enjoyed reading your blog – great photos and I could feel your enthusiasm coming pouring out of the page! It was great to meet you in Braemar after being email buddies – I hope the bogs haven’t put you off and that I will meet you both again on Challenges in the future.

    • It was great meeting you. Thank you again for your support and information. It was a fun and enjoyable crossing. What a great event.

  3. Hi Christie, and Dan…I’ve just caught up with you’re blog. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the TGO Challenge, I must say when I spoke to you as you got off the bus at Sheil Bridge I wondered what you’d think of walking in Scotland!

    You have clearly loved it as you’re account shows. It was a pleasure to meet you both. 🙂
    Great Stuff…have a super time on the rest of your treks.

    • Alistair,
      It was great meeting you. Thank you for getting us off that bus at Shiel Bridge. Here’s to your next adventure. Cheers to you.

  4. Thank you everyone for your well wishes, following along, encouragement, and of course comments. LOVE LOVE hearing from you all. On to the next adventure….

  5. So happy for you and Dan to get to share such a unique experience. Thanks for blogging – and such beautiful photos, as always!

  6. Congrats on your finish. Nice to see a wind turbine picture as I’m sure that’s a novelty back home. 😉


  7. Congratulations on completing your Crossing! It was interesting to get a ‘foreign’ perspective on the Challenge. Wonderful photos and great to see that even the mist couldn’t damp your enthusiasm!

    • Hello Nick, I just visited your site. What gorgeous photos! Your representation of Scotland’s wild land makes it very hard to stay away for long. Thank you for visiting.

  8. Well done you two, looks like you had a great trip. I loved bumping into so many people along the way that I’ve been in contact with before the start.

    • Love love your rehab blog entry. Too funny. Enough time has gone by that I must get my backpack on SOON. It is an addiction. Don’t stay a stranger.

  9. I am smiling too. Well done! I enjoyed your trip very much. 🙂

  10. Wonderful post and great finish! Can’t believe how you two crank out all the adventures. You are living the dream. -Bet that little walk into the sea was a bit chilly! (or a lot chilly actually) Is that a TGO tradition?

    • Warren,
      Yes it is a tradition to dip your toe at the beginning and the end of the crossing. We just took it a bit further! Thank you for your comments and encouragement along the way.

  11. What an experience! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Ahh the Scotland I remember, especially the road through the trees. I have loved “traveling” with you. Thanks for all the posts. Hugs to Angela and family. Belated Happy Anniversary.

  13. Thanks for taking us along on another fantastic adventure. Just love the way you wrote up this final day. What a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary!

    • Hey! I think I may have hit the jackpot in really enjoying writing at the end of a long day. Thank you for your feedback. This just might be the first of many.

  14. Barbara Tieskoetter

    Congratulations on the finish of another amazing adventure. Celebrating your anniversary together there in Scotland is a huge ton of icing on the cake! What’s next?

    • Barbara,
      Thank you!!! Next??? I am hoping to get back on the PCT at Crater Lake, Oregon and hike north to the Canadian border starting the end of June.

  15. Having traveled in Scotland a few years back, it has been very enjoyable to follow along with you via the blog. Happy Anniversary!!!

  16. Happy, happy, happy anniversary to you both; what a splendid way to complete your challenge! You always have a wonderful gift of taking readers right along with you on the journey!

  17. Oh, wow, happy anniversary! Congrats on finishing the challenge! Sounds like an amazing journey.

  18. Congrats on finishing your TGO challenge! Thanks for sharing it with all of us…

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