Introducing the Padre

Introducing the Padre

The Padre

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The Padre

I’m super excited to have my dad coming along for the great UK Adventure of 2015. Both he and my mom are big into traveling, but usually by car. So this will be the most epic trip he’s ever been on.

He’s been to Mexico and Guatemala on mission’s trips with me, but that’s been in the Central time zone. And then, of course, he’s done almost all of the continental United States, but this is his first time hopping the pond.

What He Does

dad6My dad is retired. So he does retirement. Which means that he fixes stuff around the house, and the stuff he can’t fix, he breaks and then fixes again. (Just kidding, Dad.)

He managed commercial real estate for 40 years, and now he spends his time puttering around at our 100-year-old farmhouse and maintaining my grandparents’ house in Wichita.

He’s a really great photographer, from the era of actual film cameras, but he’s adapted quite well to the digital age. 😉

Need to Know

balqhuidderMy dad’s family is Scottish, hailing from Balquhidder in the middle of Scotland. We have a family genealogy book that’s been traced back to the 1400s, and one of our purposes in this trip is to take a jaunt around the ancestral homeland.

With any luck, we’ll dig up some haggis for him to try and definitely some blood pudding, because those are both experiences you have to have in Scotland. But we’re also planning to find Creag an Tuirc, which is the historical meeting place for Clan MacLaren.

So you can expect lots of photos from that area.

dad3My goal is not to lose my dad among the local Scottish population, since I’ve been told that many others of Clan MacLaren are bearded and somewhat scruffy looking.

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