Location: Loch Ness, Scotland
Date: June 2015
This photograph of Loch Ness isn’t particularly stunning, but it is the meaning behind it that makes it one of my favorite photos. As an eight-year-old third grader, I checked out a library book about the Loch Ness Monster and became fascinated by that story. I decided I would visit one day.
More than three decades later, I fulfilled that promise. It was my last full day visiting Scotland, and I joined a minivan full of tourists for a day trip from Edinburgh. Once we arrived at Loch Ness, we had a couple of hours for a boat tour. It was one of my most gratifying travel experiences, even without catching a glimpse of Nessie.