The Lake District is a national park in Cumbria, North West England. It was only a 3-hour drive from Edinburgh, so seemed the perfect vacation spot for our 3-yr Anniversary trip. National parks in the UK are very much different than parks in the States, however. The parks are essentially just outlined areas on a map, enclosing the moors or dales or peaks, or in our case, lakes! Within the park are little towns and farmland. Hiking (or 'hill-walking') trails are "marked" (I'll get to that later!) with small wooden signs, but as property laws are different over here, the paths run through farm land, across roads and onto peoples' land. About any place you look you can find a wooden 'Public Foot Path' sign...it doesn't however mean that it's the path you're looking for!
|Brian climbing over a sheep farm fence, ready to start a hike.|
|Coniston Water; one of the Lake Districts many lakes!|
|View from a day hike. Note the grey/brown sheep with white faces. These are Herdwick sheep. They were used in many Beatrix Potter books, as well as she dedicated much land to help preserve the rare, local breed.|
|Breaking in those LL Bean boots!|
|Frith Hall ruins.|
|Rolling landscape of the Lake District.|
|Wasdale Valley and Wastwater|
|Hiking up into the clouds!|
|We made it to the top of Sca Fell Pike.|
|We're about to realize we're lost!|
|Taking in the glorious views (and looking for where we came from!)|
|Hiking into Mordor :)|
|Navigating through the mist and rocks trying to come back down Sca Fell|
|Happily back in Wasdale Valley after seeing much more of it than anticipated!|
|Look at the rock walls in the background! How did they make then going at such a steep angle. Very impressive!|
This trip definitely has excited us to get out and explore all the different areas of the England, but it also reminded us how very little we've seen of Scotland! Hopefully I'll be able to post pictures of Inverness/Loch Ness and Oban and the Isle of Skye before too long!
|Early morning calm on the Wastwater|
|Castlerigg Stone Circle; No one knows it's true origin but there are many theories about Druids and sacrifices and calendars and religious purposes.|
|View from Devoke Water|
|Devoke Water, Eskdale, Cumbria|
|My new 'stashe|
|Old boathouse on Devoke Water|
Exams are now done, and I'm very happy to report that I have quite successfully completed my first year of vet school!! The rest of the summer is filled with gaining experience with a variety of different animal species (tomorrow starts my week on an intensive poultry farm, complete with white hooded jumpsuits straight out of the movie Outbreak) and then I can't wait to have a nice long visit with the family on my turf!!
Hope you all are well!
PS-This is my most recent creation. I couldn't find a bison pattern so I made 1/2 an elephant and 1/2 my own pattern. A little bit of Americana for the mantle!