This weekend was our second Bank Holiday Weekend in May, the last until August. Before the weekend, Neal and I chatted about what we could go and do but as always plans are dependent on the weather. And being here in the UK, it is the one thing you can’t count on.
Friday I had taken a half day from work, allowing us to spend the afternoon enjoying the lovely historical town of Conway without tons of tourists. My lack of poor planning had me forget my DSLR though, so all the snapshots are from my iPhone. Alas. I realized walking around the sweet seaside town that the last time I visited as in Spring 2011, during my trip to the UK. How is that possible? Cute town, excellent castle with plenty to see. We will have to visit sooner than later.
After our mini-adventure on Friday, we were ready to enjoy a day out on Saturday. And pleasantly, when we woke up on Saturday morning, and hooray hooray the sky was clear and filled with sun. We packed a lunch with sandwiches, fruit, drinks and snacks and headed out for a day out without a final destination in mind. But anytime a day begins with a happy dog like this, you know you are in for a fun day:
Neal began driving, first through an area called “World’s End” where there are stunning views. At one point we stopped and tested the tri-pod to take selfies. The one below was my favorite. Neal timed throwing a ball for Freddy with the hope of getting him mid jump. The result, easily one of my favorite pics from the year so far.
Here are a few pictures from that part of the drive:
We kept driving towards the Bala Lake area, surrounded by farm lands, growing oak trees and fields of sheep. Add those elements with a bright blue sky, and I was in heaven. Neal reached a fork in the road, and instead of taking the road traveled we went down a rural country path. With overgrown hedges, windy roads and overhanging trees it felt like an adventure of the unknown. Then out of the blue, we found a little park, perfect for a pit stop of lunch and ball throwing with Freddy.
After lunch, we continued on the narrow single lane road through valleys and forest. No, really…we did… here is the photographic proof:
There were many moments when we both were unsure if we were heading in the right direction. With no cell phone reception and our map not having enough details, we were flying by the seat of our pants. Then all of a sudden around the bend came this beautiful lake surrounded by forest from all sides.
From the lake, we headed home which was about a 1 hour drive for us. With the sun still shining, we ended our day with a BBQ of tuna, mushrooms, asparagus and chilled cider. Perfect way to end the first day of our Bank Holiday Weekend!
Since this post is already filled with so many pictures and is getting a bit long, be on the lookout for part 2 of our Bank Holiday weekend (plus how we celebrated our 1st anniversary) as a post later in the week.
What about you? Did you have an adventure or two this past weekend?