These research trips of yours sound like action packed fun! Readers, enjoy living vicariously with Nancy today on her travels! Love the photos!!
I used to be a big travel buff. I represented my company at trade shows and enjoyed flying up and down the east coast. Today, however, I am older and working for myself as a full-time author, but I still travel to writer conferences. Post 9/11, I find I enjoy traveling by car or train more than by air. Trust me, though. When the opportunity comes to visit Scotland, I am UP THERE!
I recently traveled from my current home in central North Carolina to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to volunteer at the annual gathering of the Scottish clans. The trip, itself, was an adventure and I made sure to take copious notes. I even photographed some nifty clouds.
At about the same time last year, Hurricane Irene slammed the east coast then dropped torrential rain and damaging winds as far inland as upstate New York. Damaged roads, overflowing rivers, and downed trees kept us from driving along what we call ‘the scenic route’ through Pennsylvania and Albany, New York, over southern Vermont, then up to central New Hampshire. Our 1400 mile trip detoured through Washington, DC (where we took a wrong turn that gifted us with views of the Washington Monument and the Pentagon), over into New York City, and up through Connecticut.
Our oldest son lives in upper Vermont, close to the Canadian border. We couldn’t go visit him because many routes were either closed, detoured, or under repair. The hurricane’s raging flood waters had damaged or destroyed many covered bridges and I had no desire to witness the aftermath. So, we traveled a more urban route. This year was different.
The green hills of northwestern Virginia rolled toward the hills and autumn colored forests of Pennsylvania as we barreled toward winter. The traffic was light. Motoring for two days with my husband and our youngest son, the Army Drill sergeant, made for good company. We were on our way to assist the New Hampshire Highland Games by running the information tent. Drive 1400 miles with outrageous gas prices for what? To volunteer? We, as a family, believe in helping to continue the traditions of highland dance, bagpipes, the harp, etc.
In several states we spotted deer grazing beside the highway-usually an antlered buck with two or three females. This made for careful driving. The warning sign about bears bolted to the dumpster at the condominium reminded me we were far from the city. With my camera at hand, I set out to record the sights and sounds of three days of music, dance, athletics, and history. I recorded my walk through Clan village, watching hubby march in the parade of clans, helped visitors add the names of the departed to the Flowers in the Forest list, listened as marching bands competed, etc. I wish I could have captured the smells of lamb stew, fish ‘n chips, meat pies, and haggis to share with y’all. (yes, I enjoyed haggis on crackers followed by a much-needed swallow of whisky)
My photos will have to hold you. Sorry!
This annual trip was a volunteer mission that started nearly thirty years ago. My Father-In-Law, the late Lt. Col. Paul Robinson Badger, discovered the Highland games. Back then, it was more like a small family picnic. He traced his family’s Scottish lineage back to John Bean (nee MacBean) who arrived in Exeter, New Hampshire as an indentured servant during the mid 17th century. The rest is history; history I used and researched to create My Honorable Highlander, Book #1 in the Highland Games Through Time series.
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Title: MY HONORABLE HIGHLANDER
Book #1 of the Highland games Through Time Series
Genre: Scottish Time Travel
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Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of dirks and broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers.
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