Downsides of mountaineering

By Gladys Sheldon
This item appears on page 38 of the September 2019 issue.

This month’s winner is GLADYS SHELDON of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin:

One of the most enjoyable trips I have taken recently was a tour with Road Scholar to the Lake District of England, in June 2018. A large part of my enjoyment was due to the presence of Anne, our driver/guide, who took our group all over the district in a small van.

Anne said that when she’s not on the job, she does a lot of hiking in the hills of the district. In fact, she mentioned that on a previous trip, she told the van occupants that she’d been bitten by Scottish midges on a recent hike.

One of those passengers later told her that he thought she said she’d been bitten by Scottish midgets. He’d spent the rest of the day trying to visualize how this would have happened.


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