Thursday, 28 October 2010

Ramshaw Rocks in the Autumn Weather

Just a short blog this week, looking at some of our pics from the weekend.

Pretty much every hiking trip so far has been accompanied by perfect walking weather, so that we almost began to think we were special. Saturday morning saw me lying looking up at the rain on the tent and Phil making a porch out of the tent door and some walking poles, so we could cook breakfast in the dry.

After numerous choccie biccies bought from the local Co-op we ventured out to walk Ramshaw Rocks. Oranges and yellows are beginning to creep into natures colour palette as we move officially this weekend into Autumn and the landscape seemed fresh and different from when we'd seen it a few weeks before. I couldn't help but be reminded of the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by the orange stream in this pic – too many biscuits perhaps?

One of my favourite parts of the trip was sheltering under one of the huge outcroppings of rock overlooking the road. Looking over to the north the clouds were pitch black so deciding there was only so much testing our new jackets needed we found this spot. Sat on a rock, under the umbrella (thanks Orange for a great promotional freebie) we watched the rain hammer down out of the sky and the cars go past on the road below. No rhyme or reason why we enjoyed this so much, it just felt good to be sitting outside nice and dry while everything around us got soaked.

Back at the tent it was time for an early night and it was a cold one. My new thermals which I'd tested out watching tv and wearing as pyjamas at home in bed were fantastic. A Trekmates SnoPro set for £7.99, I can't rave enough about them. As soon as I put them on I can feel the additional warmth and they are soft and warm and wonderful. Sad I know to get so excited about something so unsexy but I love them. By the way did I tell you about my £2 Aldi special hat...! We woke up to our first frost, the ground all white and crisp and the tent coated in icy chunks. Cue a huge great barbecued breakfast to keep us warm.

Overall a different trip (excluding the common denominator of food which is central to all our trips). Perhaps not the best because I struggled with a cold all weekend. But some very enjoyable bits nonetheless and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. And my parents are happy cos I've started my Christmas list – new boots please, no more cold wet feet for me!

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