I went to the 2009 Scottish Festival and Highland Games this month. Can I just say that small urge for a fun romp in the barn has now grown by 250%. I mean, I had to take cold showers all weekend because of the wonderful sights I got to experience. Namely young and beautiful men running around on an incredibly windy day in kilts. Everywhere. It was like a weekend of eye-candy for me! I was in a very happy place and cannot wait for next year!
We had a group of four this year (last year it was just Michael and I). Anna and I bought food and made a bunch of stuff for the trip. Pastas, chowder, biscuits, sliced fruit, sandwich stuff, and gatorade. I mean we were pretty much set. Sarah and Derek came with us. We drove up to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi and checked into our room. Then we headed straight for the festival.
I had it in with a wonderful lady named Valarie. We were offered free weekend tickets if we were to volunteer for 4 hours. So of course I said sign us up! After heading out on the marching field. We were assigned to help out at the bagpipe judging. We were stewards to the judges and it was great. We sat under tents with water bottles and did whatever the judges needed.
I was the steward to a member of a band called Wicked Tinkers, which I found out later. His name was Aaron and he played the bagpipes beautifully. I learned a lot about how it all works and really enjoyed the entire experience. After the judging, we wondered around oohing and ahhing at the booths and even treated ourselves to dinner.
We finished the night dancing to Molly's Revenge and Wicket Tinkers in the rain. It was marvelous. The rain felt so good because the Utah air was still hot from the day. We ran to Walmart after escaping the traffic of doom to buy swimsuits.
Upon arriving to the hotel, we were exhausted. Sarah and Derek headed for the pool and I took a call from Kengo downstairs, relaying all of the days adventures. He told me how his motorcycle plans were progressing and we chatted for about another half hour until I started falling asleep and desperately needed a bed.
The next morning we slept in till about nine and headed down to breakfast. We loaded up on fruit, muffins, eggs and sausage. The mango juice was really good too. It was really nice to stay at the Hampton because it was so close to the grounds.
The festival was packed Saturday. We spent the day wandering around to every booth, we saw the Irish dancing, more bands, flute players, some of the highland games and Anna and I bought each other Claddaghs. They are simply beautiful. Around dinnertime we started to crash.
We met up with some friends back at the hotel and ate pretty much everything. We finished out the evening in the pool and hot tub.
My ears were ringing with bagpipes and flutes for the rest of the following week. I loved it.
-Over and out!