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.