Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Wale of a Time

On Saturday May 14th we got up at 4:00 AM!, packed up the car, and headed northwest to Wales.  We met up with our friends, the McDermotts, along the way.  It took around 5 hours to make the trip.  We went up to Manchester then headed west to Wales.  The plan for the day was to take a steam train up Snowden Mountain and then back down again.  We arrived at the Snowden Mountain Railway, bought our tickets and had a bite before loading up and making the trip up the mountain.  It took about an hour to get to the top and the scenery was breathtaking.  When we got to the top, we walked out into the mist and couldn't see a thing!  We ended up climbing up to the peak of the mountain with the wind and freezing rain stinging our little faces.  Jack was the first to make it to the top, of course.  He scared the death out of me because with all the fog, I thought maybe he kept on going and walked right off the mountain.  We only stayed on the top for about 30 minutes before heading back down again.  It took about 2.5 hours round trip, and we had a blast!

Once back at the bottom, we loaded up into the cars and headed for our hotel in Criccieth.  It was a lovely little place and our room even had a view of the water and the castle.  We made reservations to have dinner at 6:30 then realized we needed to change it to 7:00.  Dr. Who was coming on at 6:00 and there is no way we were missing that to eat dinner!  After a great meal with an even better dessert, we headed up to bed.

We met downstairs for breakfast at 9:00 and had the best bacon ever!!!!!!  We checked out and headed to our next destination, Caernarfon.  The scenery in Wales is absolutely beautiful and 90% of the sheep in the world must live in Wales.  Every field was stuffed with sheep standing alongside stone walls and grazing.  BEAUTIFUL!  We spent the afternoon storming another castle, had a bite to eat and then turned our cars towards home.

It was a fantastic weekend spent with wonderful friends.  I would certainly do it again any time.


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