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Published: August 16th 2018
That is a boat in that bucket, with seats for 100 people.
Days 28 and 29 - By Car, Boat, and Train
After breakfast we checked out and drove over to the beach. It was another lovely morning in Scotland, meaning the sun ALMOST came out. We stopped at the amusement park from last night and rode the VR roller coaster Michelle had been eyeing before we left. Then we headed to Innoflate, a new inflatable fun house.
We got a nifty pair of lime green antimicrobial socks, and tickets for a half hour of bouncing. 30 minutes was PLENTY. After the first 15 minutes of bouncing, sliding, bouncing, climbing, bouncing, running through inflated obstacles, and more bouncing were ready for a break and wondering just how long we had been in there. Tony showed off his ability to launch small children into the air as well as his superior balance. Michelle showed off her speed and agility on the obstacle course while Anne proved she could bounce back from any fall or stumble. It was great fun and a lot of exercise. It made us feel better about the amount of seat time planned for the rest of the day, as well as the ice cream we ate afterwards.
Scotland East Coast
About the best Summer day you can hope for in Aberdeen.
We left Aberdeen shortly after 1pm and headed for Falkirk. We wanted to see the Falkirk Wheel that joins the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal. The original series of 11 locks were filled in and built on in the 1950s when the canals fell into disuse. The Falkirk Wheel was built to replace them and reconnect the two canal systems. It lifts boats 35 meters in one step shortening the trip from a 3 hour process to a 20 minute trip. We got some great shots of the wheel in action and had a great time riding up and down the wheel.
From Falkirk we finished our drive to Edinburgh just in time to drop off the car and check into our room for the night. Dinner and bed wrapped up the evening as we prepared for our early morning train back to London.
The southbound trip started out uneventful but shortly into the trip the train was stopped when something smashed the windshield and we were forced to backup to the previous station and change trains. We got on the next train from Edinburgh and were fortunate enough
The socks were RAD, and did not slip.
to find seats. Combining the passengers from two trains meant that there was a constant search for open seats.
Because sitting on the train all day and stressing about shattered windshields and bridge strike delays was so tiring (sarcasm mark), we decided to take a nap and rest until evening. We made our way back to the west end to see Kinky Boots. We were there a little early, so we stopped at the market in Covent Gardens to watch some very talented musicians and do a little shopping. Kinky Boots was a lot of fun, super funny, and enjoyable music. Anne and Tony still think the movie is better, though.
Because we took the bus to the west end tonight, we didn’t quite make our 5.8 mile walking average for the summer (only 4.7). We will have to make up for it this week, and make up for the puddings.
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