Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wale Of A Gale

This is a guest post by my two walking friends Melissa and Kath.

We were awakened by the wind blasting against our attic window on this, day 3, of our Pembrokeshire walk. Was it a good choice or a bad choice to go out today?

While we ate a hearty breakfast at the Brynawel Country House we were educated by Michael, our B & B host, on the hazards of grade 4 winds along the coast of Wales. He understood the weather well as he had worked for years as a coastal commander of Wales customs. So, we can't say we weren't warned!

With a Welsh "ta-ta" from Michael, we headed up the trail. Michael called out above the winds, "Call me at Pwll Deri Youth Hostel or Rumblehead if the weather is too much!" We were hitting the trail in not quite gale force winds and understood his concern. All of us wondered if this was a good idea or a bad idea, but nonetheless we were on our way. Our first clue it might not be a good idea was when the winds made us stumble Iike drunken sailors, make crazy videos of windswept women, and the icing on the crumpet was when we had to literally crawl on a coastal cliff. I might add here Kristie was laughing hysterically, Melissa was giggling, and Kath was crawling up ahead thinking death was imminent.

By lunch time, we were at the youth hostel. Walking by, the winds were a bit out of control, and rain pelted us so hard Kath seriously asked, "Are those rocks hitting us?" Up ahead we saw an abandoned building and we all agreed this abondoned modern ruin would be our protective fortress and picnic spot for lunch.

Nourished with Rhian's packed lunch, we spotted the oncoming lighthouse. We were back on the path headed north. The flashing light beckoned us on toward Rumbledhead (appropriately named today).

As we walked past, the weather changed. We've been told this happens quickly. The winds let up, the sun began to peak out occasionally, and the ocean became a lovely azure blue.

We swam in the Irish Sea in a beautiful hidden inlet, viewed seals playing and tending their young, shared our path with cows and Welsh ponies, and ended with ravenously inhaling fish and chips at Goodwick/Fishguard.

We have been told the weather will be better tomorrow! In the meantime, be sure you click on the link and watch our video clip.

 

 

15 comments:

  1. Great views. I see you wear a jacket and a pair of gloves. Then weren't you cold to swim?

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  2. Crazy ladies, glad the day ended nicely though, but swimming........??!!

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  3. The views are amazing - it's cold, wet and windy - and there you are swimming!! It's all quite turned your heads :)

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  4. Yay for Wales, and windy weather, and crazy ladies. See you Thursday :)

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  5. Ruth in Ontario, CanadaSeptember 16, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Okay, I take back what I said before about wishing I were with you :). Swimming?? Seriously??

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  6. Wow!! I am so envious! Yes, even the swimming.:)

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  7. I confess, I didn't hear a word spoken over the the wind in that video...but it was funny anyway!
    Also, I am very impressed that you went swimming! Brr!!
    Question: do you find it difficult to eat GF over there? I have yet to travel abroad since I gave up the gluten :)

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  8. Glad you had a swim in the sea.. it's prob at its warmest this time of year! Hope you've had a good day today; it's been quite stormy inland so no doubt it'll have been an event on the coast :-)

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  9. Wow, you are very adventurous ladies! I hope the weather is better today.

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  10. What an incredible day you had! Didn't it feel so cold swimming or was it a similar temperature to what you are used too? You are certainly getting a sample of our British weather!
    Sarah x

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  11. I spent part of my childhood growing up in Pembrokeshire. It's been lovely to share the places you've been to in these last two posts. And swimming there was certainly a tad warmer than swimming in a Scottish loch!

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  12. Thanks for the video clip.. I know what windswept gals look like.. LOL What a lovely adventurous trip you all had.. Thanks for all the lovely photos.. Loved you all swimming in the sea and the sea life. Loved seeing your adventure. Hugs Judy

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  13. That video was hilarious! Couldn't decipher a word of it, but whatever you said must have been important--I could tell by the gestures! Good to hear you are having a lot of fun!

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  14. Gosh, you Canadians are made of strong stuff, Kristie! I can't say I'd fancy swimming in the Irish Sea in these temperatures. :-) Your video was fun and you;'re obviously having a fantastic time.

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  15. Laughter (and extreme caution) was the best way to deal with those winds--the video is wonderful! I didn't realize the hike would include parts so close to mountain climbing!!!

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