Look for the Loch Ness Monster

Nessie. No idea why such a peaceful looking creature, so camera shy, so good at playing hide and seek with adventurous humans – oh, assuming she exists at all! – would be called a “monster.” Trockle’s a bit sad to think what a bad reputation monsters have, but is happy to do his part in helping children sleep better at night, and is excited at the prospect of traveling with me to Scotland, one day, to search for his distant monster-cousin. Meanwhile, we can explore Loch Ness through the Internet, thanks to Google Maps. The iconic photo of the Loch Ness monster, known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph,” was debunked as a hoax, but the story is almost as good as if it had been a true sighting. I wonder if Nessie is known to the Pygmies of the Allegheny Mountains.

Perhaps I have a few cousins in Scotland, as well, on the Ferguson side. I can combine my hunt for the Loch Ness Monster with playing the Bagpipes – also on my #bucketlist – and perhaps pick up a bit of the Ferguson tartan plaid while I’m there. I think I’d like to spend a night in a real castle, while I’m there.



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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10 Responses to “Look for the Loch Ness Monster”

  1. Rasheed Hooda

    Glad to see you back on the A-Z trail. You have some catching up to do. I hope all is well. I was beginning to get concerned about you.
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    • Yes. One of these days, I’ll learn to just skip a letter and move on… no, I’ve had a lot of work (day job) and some things to get ready for an out of town conference at the end of the month – those were just a little more important and urgent than A to Z, truth be told. I’m trying to catch up, but no promises! 🙂 Glad to know someone noticed, Rasheed. 🙂
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  2. DoD says:

    I enjoyed the pygmy reference! There is something I’d like you to bring back for me if/when you go to Scotland. I’ll tell you about it WHEN you make your reservations!

  3. Rummuser says:

    I actually visited Loch Ness with the hope of ‘sighting’ and was disappointed that I could not. But the loch itself, like all the other lochs of Scotland is a beautiful sight to behold.
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    • Key to enjoying travel – and life in general – is to keep expectations minimal. (Easier said than done!) I’m glad you enjoyed the view, despite Nessie’s shyness! I’d really be going for the view. Oh, and to taste a proper haggis, of course. And to listen to, maybe play, the bagpipes. I like to imagine Nessie is the last living brontosaurus… but in truth, I doubt she exists at all. It’s maybe better that she remain a tantalizing mystery that doesn’t put in predictably regular appearances for the tourists, eh?
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  4. Real, or imagined, I want to keep Nessie! She’s a gentle giant. And I would definitely try to sleep in a castle while in Scotland!
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    • Barbara!! I had to fish your comment out of spam. I gave my bouncer a lecture about it, but I can’t promise he won’t have issues in the future, and his particular school of bouncing teaches not to let more than one or two links in, at most. I think that’s what his issue was – not entirely sure. You have a gravatar, so that’s not his problem. But he’s raising his eyebrow about SOMETHING… sorry it took me so long to fish your comment out!
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  5. Jay Noel says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Loch, but I still have yet to make my way to Europe. If there was a Nessie, she’s probably dead by now.

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