Winter in the Cairngorms - 2
Thursday 8th March 2018
Day two dawned and with it i arose and was met by a dramatic landscape of white and grey, the gigantic shining slabs of Creagan a' Choire Etchachan loomed silently above us, surrounded by a cape of deep snow.
Soon the camp was buzzing and people were preparing for the next task.
The plan today was to give the group an easier day to counterbalance the first one, Winds were still high on the tops and conditions up there would have made moving arduous to say the least. We opted to again stay low in the valley and skirt around Derry Cairngorm and hike the very picturesque Glen Derry. Soon the snow had all but disappeared and we had entered a paradise of greens and browns, Scots pines stood proud and elegant demanding the attention of the travelers, bringing smiles and dropping jaws as we went.
Before we knew it we were striking camp in Gleann Laoigh Bheag. We still had a few hours of daylight and quite a bit of energy left so we decided to drop the bags and go for a walk in the forest which was just magical, they say a forest covered in lichen is a healthy on, in which case this forest was a fine specimen indeed. It was covered and the floor was almost pure moss... what a place.
I hate to end a story the same as the last one but i do enjoy a wee dram... we all did