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Scotland (June 1, 2002)

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We went to Scotland at Hadrian's Wall. Hadrian built the wall first out of turf and mud, and then he replaced it with rock. The reason why he built it with turf and mud first is because he wanted the Scots out fast. And you could get turf faster than you could get stones. He also built it because the Scots were so mad (or at least he thought they were) that he hadn't won against them, and he wanted the Scots out. But at first, the Scots just thought that he wanted to be out of Scotland and that's why he built the wall. So they just kept invading and attacking him. Hadrian had pretty much conquered everything other than Scotland and the other states that weren't in Europe.

Hadrian's Wall is another World Heritage Site. Cam and I have been to so many World Heritage Sites that we know what a World Heritage Site is. A World Heritage Site is one of the best of the best places. And we keep moaning and groaning when we're going to a World Heritage Site.

We went to the Hebrides Islands. There was Mull, Iona, Staffa, and Lunga that we went to. But I am only going to talk about Lunga, which is the wildlife island. We saw puffins, razorbills, and lots of other birds and rabbits. The rabbits you couldn't really see until they actually moved or you looked very very hard in the right spot. They were so hard to spot because there were lots of rocks and turf to hide behind. I said that the rabbits were like Hobbits because you could see them and then they were gone. The puffins were like penguins. They were big, fat, and chubby. They had very slim bodies and when they started flying, it looked like they were underwater trying to fly. But they really actually were flying. Sometimes, the puffins (if you got too close to them) they just took off and you couldn't see them anymore. There were also shags, that if you got too close to their nests, they would start burping at you. They would go like this, "Burp burp burp." And if you went away from them, even if you were eight metres away, they would still do that.

Cam and I started jumping from rock to rock. Cam was the scout because he had the binoculars, even though he was behind. I was in front testing out the rocks to see if there were any birds. Cam also sometimes checked under rocks that had parts that were up and there were holes in them, because most of the birds like putting their nests under rocks for cover. What I find useless about that for the birds is, if you can't see them and they want you to be away from their nests, why don't they just put them somewhere else?

There was also a canal that had about eight or nine locks, where a lock is something that blocks out water so that you can raise and lower the water to the right level. A lock is where if there's a higher part of the water and there's a lower part of the water, they block it off and level it out, so when they open the doors all of the water doesn't just come gushing out.

There's also the Falkirk Wheel, which does something different. It replaces about ten or eleven locks. It is about 100 feet high, and it can lift boats from one end and go to the other. We went to the Falkirk Wheel. It was raining when we got there, although not very hard. There was a construction man that said that the wheel was going to spin and be tested out in ten minutes, but it ended up being about half an hour and we didn't see anything. And by that time the rain was getting very heavy, so we decided to go back. We took a little walk around the Falkirk Wheel and then got back to the car.

There is a Loch Ness Monster named "Nessie." They saw it once or twice; and lots of times, people faked it. One time, a person took a photo of a flagpole from underwater. And lots of other times, people did tricks on other people. So eventually, Nessie might actually not exist. They started to use SONAR, which is a sound wave that bounces back off things in the deep waters. We got to see people in submarines that took turns watching and doing other stuff. And at the end of the museum, we saw lots and lots of Nessies. There were so many Nessies that you could build an army out of them. What I mean by that is stuffed animals. And there is also a Giant Nessie, which was about two metres tall and eight feet wide (or in length). I watched for the Loch Ness Monster when we drove by the lake. They say that Nessie must have a water channel or something connecting to the ocean from Loch Ness.

Cam and I got to go to a big farm, where we finally got to play with our swords another time. Once we got to the big farm, I immediately got my sword and went out exploring, although Cam went inside to see what the rooms were like. Cam and I trained for Kattondo and we fought the dogs (not the dogs that were on the farm, the "pretend" dogs). We were about to kill the black bulldog from the north (which is like the Cave Troll, almost impossible to beat and at the same time very strong), but mom and dad called us in.

Also, the second time we played was where I was a Turbo and Cam was a cat. There were the dogs and the Hairies. Hairies are humans that have been hypnotized or been planted on Earth -- or in their way of saying it, "Squantus 80." The reason why the Hairies call it "Squantus 80" is because they are creatures from Mars. Again, we were about to defeat them when mom and dad called us in for a walk.

The first walk took about 40 minutes because we kept turning around and going back and then kept going and kept spinning around in big circles. The second walk, when we got back, I didn't go on and neither did Cam. The first walk had exhausted me (or both of us) so we stayed in.

Scotland was very fun. It was large, although there was still more to do. And if we had made more reservations there, there would still have been more and more and more to do.


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