A Night in a Car - Scottish Highlands!
After watching my sister graduate, we set off on a family road trip on a rented car (from Enterprise, London) and zoomed on our most awaited road trip that time to the Scottish highlands. Right from the moment we entered this picturesque country of Scotland, I felt as if we were driving inside those 3D postcards we saw when we were kids. No matter what my frame was, the pictures came out just perfect.
It was pitch dark and we were driving, mostly uphill, in Scottish highlands. When our eyes do not see exact situation, our imagination run wild. And having seen the Himalayan range for hill stations, our imagination was indeed quite wild. We drove for some 4-5 Kms uphill and off-road to reach a construction site which was the pin on our Google maps – remember we used only ZIP Code. Only light around was our car’s headlights and there were dogs barking. As the place was small, it was quite uninhabited, so there was not a single soul to help us for a long time. My mom had already started to doubt our ability to reach the right place. So we decided to go back the same route and stay at any hotel we could find.
Just when we were losing hope, another car was a godsend. We asked the driver a series of questions, and thankfully he knew the place we were looking for. He did mention that there are no wild animals in the area, but my mom is a hard person to convince. Anyway, he dropped us to a certain point, and told us to just drive straight. However, we saw another two routes ahead, the first one we chose led us to a dark area with a closed gate in front of us – no lights around – and loud sound of water gushing down. Our Himalayan imagination reached unanimous conclusion that there is a large water-body past that gate and we went back to the other route, only to reach a plateau with another blind road.
At this very moment, our mom gave up and declared that we are not driving anywhere till dawn and no one will move out of the car as there could be wild animals. No matter how old you get, when your mother puts her foot down, you cannot question/reason it. We spent good 6-7 hours cramped up in the car all night.
- Always use the closest address you can find on GPS – NO ZIP code only
- Read all the documents carefully
- Never to lose hope and always, always use torches at night in such situations
- Listen to your mom – it is not so much about the story, but about life in general – mom’s are almost always right