Tink and I are somewhat torn between going to Mary Queen of Scots (Queen Mary, Long Beach) and the San Diego Highland Games in Vista. The Queen of Scots tends to be larger, but a lot more expensive (as in $25+ a ticket). The San Diego Highland Games is less expensive, but a longer drive. We honestly hadn't been to the games in about 6 years... so this year we decided to go with San Diego! The Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans
Just walking through the gates we were greeted with the amazing sound of bagpipes. A single bagpipe can be annoying (sorry) but an entire group of them accompanied by drums will wake the dead!
One of many bands and clubs. We saw everything from college clubs to police honor bands all gathered to compete
The beautiful blooming tree really framed this shot
As we were walking past this group was being judged. They are judged on everything from form to keeping in unison to marching... not really sure how everyone did but they sounded amazing.
The caber toss is probably one of the most well known of the games. The short version is a guy in a kilt runs out holding a caber (log) and then throws it trying to flip it end over end...Some of these things can weigh up to 150lbs or more... I'm proud of my crazy ancestors!
Of all the attempts I think only about 5 actually made it flip!
Takes 1 to throw, takes 2 to bring it back and set it up again!
Where he is standing is where he tossed it from. The guy in yellow is the judge.
This one flipped it!