Here I am back in Inverness. Yesterday I was on trains to Dundee, Ladybank, Perth & Inverness. Today was odd; given it was Sunday, I had nothing planned.
On the train to Dundee I was facing backwards, constantly turning around and was quite nauseous by the time we got there. I wanted to cross the Tay (already a good-sized estuary) so I took the train to Ladybank, and had a wait there before the Edinburgh train back up to Perth. I had time to explore quite a way from the station in Perth, down to the river Tay (already a good-sized river).
As in Aberdeen the previous day, it was fantastically sunny, and I finally saw some snow not long out of Perth, having a great time taking photos of the Cairngorms while listening to commentary from liverpoolfc website, until my battery ran out and I couldn’t remember what I’d done with my spares. I have a new backpack for this trip, lots of pockets, hadn’t really worked out a system, and I couldn’t find the batteries. I also have a new wifi hub, for doing backups, which has a large battery store, to which I could connect my usb-powered battery charger, so I just needed to give the ‘dead’ battery 10 minutes charge and it was good for the rest of the trip.
This problem with the battery encouraged me today to take the train back to Kingussie, which turns out to be close to Ruthven Barracks which I photographed last year from the A9. I hiked up the hills other side of town, but didn’t go far enough to get out of trees. I discovered that I was still lost in the process of getting properly organized for my trip and that I had left my SD card in my card reader back in the hotel, along with my spares. No problem, my camera has 2 SD slots which I normally have configured to duplicate, so I just went into Settings and switched to single. Not out of the woods though, and a bigger problem was taking no spare batteries, as I’d just put in a fresh battery and though I’d checked all my batteries before I left home, but maybe not as it gave out after I finished at the barracks. Good hike though.