“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir
Jake and I lived most of our lives on the east coast of United States. I couldn’t say that we’ve explored all the places in America that John Muir made famous. My fondest memory of the west coast has to be hiking in the mountains around Muir beach, which is also named for John Muir. Now years and years apart from that one San Francisco trip, and miles away from the redwoods and the California coast, we found ourselves in a tiny little sea side town of Dunbar, Scotland, less than an hour from Edinburgh. It was the beginning of nearly three months we’ve committed to tent camping in the Scotland. Little did we know we’d be back in the foot steps of John Muir, this time in the town of his birth. The ocean and the hills that surrounded us were the very scenery that must have inspired the love of nature he brought with him to America. We decided to walk a portion of the John Muir trail, named after Dunbar’s most famous explorer.
The John Muir trail is 215km long, connecting from the white sand beach lighthouse in Dunbar to Edinburgh. We opted out of the full distance, partly because we just had to stop and take photos next to the amazing rock formations, and partly because it was almost Lisa’s nap time. Dunbar isn’t on many people’s radar, mostly because the nearby city of Edinburgh is much more popular. And for those who do come for a short stay, the Eastern end of the trail, which ended so close to our campsite, usually goes unnoticed. It became one of our favorite escapes while we were there. Sometimes we hurried out for some photos at sunset (follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss them), other times we just took our time and let Lisa explore the grass, and the sand and the rocks.
I think that she, even more than Jake and I, was able to truly embrace the spirit of the quote above.
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