North Sea and English Channel


We dropped anchor yesterday in the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh, and then had to be brought ashore in tenders (i.e., in the ship’s lifeboats).


Our tour went to two basic places, with a little tour of the city thrown in:  We spent our morning in and around Edinburgh Castle, and, in the afternoon, we visited the decommissioned royal yacht Britannia.  Both visits were very enjoyable.


I’ve always loved Edinburgh, both for itself and for its association with the the Scottish Enlightenment, with David Hume and Adam Smith and Robert Louis Stevenson and . . .  Well, you get the idea.  A wonderful place.


Today, we’ve been steaming along on our second sea day.  So the Cruise Lady, Diane Larsen, and her husband, Larry Larsen, had a kind of farewell meeting this morning, during which they showed the completed portions of the DVD of the trip that they’ve been working on.  (They always do really good work.)  And then, this afternoon, I held forth in the Skywalker Lounge, up on Deck 18 at the stern, on my experiences as an expert witness for the prosecution in both the competency hearing and, a year later, the trial of Brian David Mitchell, the kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart.  (That was a request.)  Then I spent the bulk of the time (the meeting lasted two hours) talking about evidence for the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the Witnesses, and various related topics.  It was very informal and (at least from my perspective) pleasant.


On the sea, somewhere between Edinburgh and Le Havre.


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