Friday night when I got home for the PostBox Jane was waiting up. She and I sat in the kitchen discussing my route to Aberdeen. It was suppose to rain so maybe the Highland Games in St Andrews wouldn’t be so much fun. So instead she suggested I go to Balaster an see Balmoral Castle. A man names Bob I met on my firs night in Edinburgh had also suggested that as a day trip from Aberdeen so I decide to make my entry there. Saturday morning Jane and John stood in the doorway of their B&B, waved goodbye and wished me well on my journey. Without a hitch I maneuvered my way to the A93 and up into the heart of Scotland and Cairngorms National Park following the River Dee. As I climbed up into the Dee Valley, the temperature dropped, and the terrain changing.
As the climb continued I noticed tall stakes along the road that I’ve seen in tahoe and realized they must get snow up here. Then I came across this ski resort at the top of the hill.
The terrain was similar to coastal dunes and seagulls were flying about but this was a higher elevation and 60 miles from the coast. When I got out of the car and stepped on the grass it was spongy and thick.
The first proper town I stopped at was Braemar. It’s a small village along the Dee River.