So by now we’ve realized the perfectly sunny and beautiful weather we experienced for the first two weeks we were here were pure dumb luck.  Now we’re settling into the cool, rainy, “normal” weather that everyone was warning us about.  Don’t get me wrong, the cooler temperatures are VERY welcome in book!  We’ve learned that when we get some nice weather we have to get out and take advantage of it, because it probably won’t be there for too long.  We’ve also learned those sunny days are very rare, so sometimes you’ve gotta get out when the weather is less than ideal.

This past Sunday was one of those overcast dreary days, but we figured “no rain? lets go!”.   We headed out to climb one of the peaks in Bennachie Hills, which is a quick and BEAUTIFUL 30 minute drive from the house.  Jers loved the drive out.

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We arrived just after noon, and checked out the visitor’s center to pick out the right route for us.  Seth ran in to grab a map and some treats to enjoy at the top, we picked out our  trail and were on our way.  For the past 2 months, I have spent a lot of time trying to convince myself I enjoy running, so I figured this would be easy… boy was I wrong!  The trail follows a  constant incline which is quite rocky at some points.  Jersey, on the other hand, took every climbing foot in stride and barked every time we stopped to take a break.

It was crazy how much the landscape changed as we climbed.  It seems like every 20 feet we had a new view to indulge in… like something straight out of a Bob Ross painting with “happy little trees” and all.  We were surrounded by tons of these purple beauties as we started the hike.DSC_0875We hiked and hiked, and I huffed and puffed.  Keep in mind there were plenty of families with small children on this path… clearly I have some work to do in the “get in shape” column.  We finally made it above the treeline and enjoyed the view for as long as Jersey would let us.DSC_0818

1600 feet and 1.5 hours later, we made it!  The hike was absolutely worth it, we had a 360* view of Aberdeen!

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We enjoyed the view from the top and had some munchies (my first mars bar.. holy moly!).  As we made our way down we looked back at the hill we just climbed.DSC_0873