I have this dream of a trip. I have wanted to see the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) for a long time. I’ve bookmarked sites that have live updates on solar storms. Solar storms are where the Aurora Borealis starts.
These lights look so magical and I’ve never seen them in person. Most folks go to Alaska to see the Aurora, but I don’t want to see them from there. Nothing against Alaska, I just have a place I prefer.
Many years ago (1983), I saw a movie called, “Local Hero.” I was enchanted by the story and the characters. But, most of all, I loved the locations. It was shot, mostly, in Scotland. I had never realized that you could see the Aurora from Scotland. Once I knew this, I have wanted to go there.
“Local Hero” tells the story of Mac McIntyre. Mac works for a big oil company in Houston. His boss sends him to this little town in Scotland in order to buy the entire town so that the oil company can built a huge refinery there. Mac thinks that he’s going to face a hostile crowd, but the townfolk are eager to sell up and get out. The scheme all goes pear-shaped, but they all learn valuable lessons in life. It’s a quiet little film. It’s one of my faves.
The town of Pennan was the town in the film. It lies on the North East coast of Scotland. Since the hero of the story sees the Aurora from there the first time, that’s the town I want to go to.
There’s only one sticking point: talking Big Guy into this particular adventure. Grams is all for it, but Big Guy isn’t as keen. Since I first brought it up though, our friend Emlyn has offered to go along (and drive). Also, since Marian is now retired, she’ll have the time to come too. I think that Big Guy is starting to warm to the idea now.
For now, I’m putting together the trip for next spring to Vienna and Florence. So, Scotland is far in the future.
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* “The ethics are just the same.” - Local Hero