Scotland ~ Glenmore Forest Park: Day 2, August 27, 2017
Sunday morning, August 27, 2017. Temperature: 50°-63°F
I slept for 10:52 but I guess that’s really over 2 days since the “sleep” on the plane wasn’t great.
At 11:00 – I realized I left that expensive GH that I’ve been babying for over 20 hours, out on a shelf in the bathroom for 12 hours. At least it’s cool in chalet! I must have been exhausted last night. It still looks clear so I hope it’s ok.
We found that the Thunder in the Glen is going to take the Strathspey Railroad today for a bit of whiskey tasting so decided not to take that again, at least until later in the week.
Samantha Faircliff, of Cairngorms Brewery, which produces a beer especially for the occasion, said thousands of people come to the village to see the bikers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-37194250
Figured out the French Press for coffee again.
The refrigerator is very cold. Milk has ice in it. I put GH in that insulated Rubbermaid lunch thing to keep it from freezing.
Trying to decide what to do. We decided against TreeZone Aviemore
High in the trees at Rothiemurchus, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course.Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tightropes, scramble nets, white-knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. TreeZone is an unforgettable activity for adventurers of all ages.
Went out riding around, though Aviemore and the bikers. I took these as live photos so the movement of the bikers could be seen but the movement doesn’t show up here 🙁
We went past Loch Alvie, Alvie Estate…
Alvie & Dalraddy are traditional Highland Estates 4 miles south of Aviemore near the village of Kincraig in Badenoch, the geographic centre of Scotland. The Estates extend into the Monadhliath hills from the River Spey, famous for its fishing and whisky and overlook the Cairngorm Mountain range in the Cairngorms National Park.
We drove around a bit past Loch Alvie
We ended up at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor’s center. Got brochures, had a bit to eat and coffee… and ice cream 🙂
Text from Michael about FaceTiming.
We got back home and FaceTimed. Interestingly, the connection was better than at home. We showed him the apartment and chatted.
The people next door playing loud music – oldies, Beatles and such.
Tom discovered trouble with kitchen drain. The part over the dish drainer was draining into the silverware drawers.
He tried some self-repair and we decided this wasn’t really his job and we should get the staff handyman to come in in the morning. <sigh>
Very heavy rain. The Harley folks still had fireworks even in the rain.
I tried to upload sermons to church website but those weren’t going anywhere. Tried 2 different browsers, twice each. Maybe too many people online.
At 11:30 PM, I got an email “D preached all 3 [services] today, but his traditional and CG messages were different. He wanted the 11:00 sermon posted (I had uploaded the 8:15 to Dropbox, but since deleted it). I’ll edit the 11:00 one once I can get access to the server again. CG audio is up and the CG video is uploading to YouTube as we speak.”
Maybe it was just as well that at least the 11:00 didn’t upload since it would have to have been deleted anyway.
Bedtime about midnight. Still pouring rain.
Scotland Travel Day: Days 0 and 1, August 25-26, 2017
Just after 3:00 pm Friday August 25, 2017 we took an Uber to Dulles Airport.
Going through TSA there was no issue with my refrigerated growth hormone injections.
The Omnitrope was in its own case from the manufacturer.
I put that in that new iCool weekender case I’d bought for this trip. I chose this one for these reasons:
- For vials or pens (insulin, growth hormones, L-Thyroxin, polyarthritis medication)
- Keeps your medication between 36°F – 46°F (2°C – 8°C) for 12 hours (I knew this trip would be about 20 hours, start to finish)
- The iCool bag uses a new generation of chemical gel pack that generates very little condensation and have a slower thawing period than traditional ice packs. This allows patients with diabetes or those using temperature sensitive medications to transport their medications for a longer cooling period. The iCool Weekender keeps insulin or other temperature sensitive medications cool for up to 12 hours at 36°F – 46°F (2 to 8°C). This bag can carry either pens or vials. There is enough space inside to store needles.
I had the gel pack from the iCool frozen solid and put that in a small Rubbermaid lunch bag with 2 thin ice packs, 1 on top and 1 on the bottom. If you don’t want to read all the way to the end, this system kept the growth hormone cold for the 20 hours going and returning but the 2 thin blocks had completely thawed. The inner iCool was mostly frozen and the growth hormone was still cool.
I had the sharps separately in a little square container with just enough for the week.I used the side pocket of the lunch bag to store my doctor’s note and clipped the whole thing with a carabiner to my backpack.
I also found a smallish sharps disposal container, although this was still kind of big for my needs, it was better than taking the whole huge one that’s in my bathroom. This worked well and I have enough for 5 more trips 🙂
And that’s about it for medical information, at least until we get to Heathrow 🙂
Our first flight out of Dulles there was a lot of turbulence over the ocean. Possibly due to Hurricane Harvey. Apparently, they flew faster to get out of the turbulence and we landed early in London Saturday morning.
We walked for what seemed like forever to get to Customs. Then, since we were coming from outside the UK we had to leave security area and go through TSA again.
I told the agent I was carrying refrigerated medications and she read the doctor’s letter. Everything seemed like it was going well until I was flagged for more screening 🙁 I had to take all the stuff out of my carefully packed Growth Hormone bag and everything else was taken out of my backpack to be swabbed down.
The next plane to Inverness was announced at 9:00 am (Saturday morning) so we moved to that gate. Tom went to the restroom. Turns out that gate was actually down an elevator. I texted Tom that we had to move along. Then they said the flight was closing. Another text to Tom.
He arrived and we hustled down 2 escalators and onto a bus that said “Final Passengers”. We were among the last people on the small plane.
We had to walk up stairs to get on the plane, then back down when we arrived. I could already feel my knee hurting. There was no turbulence on the short flight, though.
We arrived in cold/rain. Of course.
The luggage arrived and we got our rental car and headed off.
We saw lots of sheep, of course.
We arrived in Aviemore and saw lots of bikers. This is their answer to Sturgis, I guess.
Thunder in the Glens
Thunder in the Glens has become one of the major events in the UK for Harley-Davidson fans, with people traveling from all over the world to enjoy the event. It is now officially the largest Harley Davidson rally in the UK with an ever growing number of loyal fans.
Enjoy over 60 trade stands supporting local charities and groups, H-D demo bike rides, Jeep demo drives, Custom bike show, Outside entertainment, Scottish Knights battle scenes, Off road motorbike riding.
Saturday Mass ride out to Grantown on Spey starts at 12.00 noon. Sunday 2.00pm to 4.00pm – charity rides on the back of a Harley-Davidson in Rally Village.
We arrived at our place. Luckily, we knew where it was because we’d been here before. According to RCI (the timeshare company that got us this place, it’s called Macdonald Craigellachie Chalets. According to the place, it’s called Macdonald Spey Valley Golf and Country Club, or Dalfaber Golf and Country Club or Dalfaber Village or…???
We couldn’t check in until 4:00 pm so we had a bite to eat while we waited. I had Scotch broth. I haven’t had that for years and years – yummy!
Scotch broth is a filling soup, originating in Scotland (DUH!). The principal ingredients are usually barley, stewing or braising cuts of lamb or mutton (hopefully not relatives of those sheep we saw earlier), root vegetables (such as carrots, swedes [rutabaga], or sometimes turnips [aka neeps]), and dried pulses (legumes, most often split peas and red lentils).
Cabbage and leeks are often added shortly before serving to preserve their texture, color and flavors.
Tom had a club sandwich – and lost a crown 🙁
The club room had a Snooker table. I didn’t know what snooker was, although the table looks like a pool table. It sounds quite complicated according to Wikipedia.
We finally got the key and started driving around trying to find our chalet. Then we went back to main desk for better directions and finally found it.
After 20 hours at 4:15pm (11:15 am at home) I finally removed the growth hormone from the cases. The 2 ice packs had melted but the GH in its weekender case was still cool and that gel pack mostly frozen. A good solution except for issues at Heathrow.
Then, the usual unpacking, charging electronics, short naps.
Then off to Tesco for some grocery shopping. The streets were crowded with bikers, drinks in hand, oblivious to traffic. There was a long queue in the grocery near their customer toilets. Lots of folks wandering around the store, not necessarily with any items in their carts.
We spent 52.60 pounds (67.88 US Dollar in Sunday’s exchange)
Coconut rum and tropical juice (orange, apple, pineapple, pomegranate, banana, and mango) makes an interestingly passable drink.
We watched a show on BBC about royal life, divorces, Diana and Captain Phillips, a movie we saw on a cruise
I didn’t read my Kindle at all first night. Instant sleep!