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The Loch Ness Scotland, U.K.

Have you ever wondered about the possibility of a giant serpent living in the deep, dark waters of the Scottish Highlands? If you have, you're not alone. And if you haven't, allow me to open your mind...

The legend of The loch ness Monster dates back as far as the sixth century & the mystery has endured for over a thousand years...

As I journeyed north through the rolling hills of Glencoe, the tourbus driver called Duncan told the story of Saint Columba, an Irish missionary who was the first to have claimed to see the Loch Ness Monster. Although the story varies, it is believed that St. Columba sent one of his monks to swim out across the Loch Ness to retrieve a boat. The ellusive monster is said to have emerged out of the water, roaring menacingly in the monk's face. When Columba saw this, he held out his cross, and sent the monster back to where it came from in the name of God. The serpent was never reported to have attacked anyone ever again.

Since that fateful day, sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have cropped up again and again.

In fact, the 20th century has been the most active in terms of alleged sightings.

In 2017 alone, there have been eight official sightings of "Nessie," as the Scots fondly call her.

"That is the most we have had this century, reported gary Campbell for the telegraph.

Duncan explained how peat runoff from the mountains that look down on Loch Ness turns the water a very dark color, making visibility below the surface nearly impossible. As a result, divers are unable to explore the depths of the Loch. This inability to officially disprove the existence of Nessie is what has allowed her legacy to live on for many years...

Loch Ness, Scotland. (Nov 18, 2017)

Monsters and mythology aside, the Loch Ness is a sight to behold. The vast body of water is 23 miles long and almost a mile wide. Loch Ness (overlooked by the tallest mountain in the U.K., Ben Nevis) is close to 800 feet deep, which is deeper than the North Sea.

Although this destination is one frequented by tourists, I felt like I had stumbled upon some kind of hidden secret. There is no way to describe what it felt like to look out across the waters of Ness. Humbled and speechless, I wandered away from my tour group and sat on a bench along the bank of Fort Augustus. I sat there in silence for a long time, watching as the water gently rippled outward from a boat carrying a handful of eager onlookers. The dark surface appeared cold and menacing, like black ice, reflecting a mirror image of the mountains and clouds above. To my right, a seagull was perched on the edge of the water, seemingly frozen. I think that maybe he was awestruck too...

Me at Loch Ness (November 18, 17)
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