Horsing Around in Wales

This weekend was an absolute blast! Alison, Claire, Devon, and I went on a Delta vacation to Wales for a horseback riding trip. It started off with an adventure seeing as I got stuck on the Circle Line for a half hour  which lead Alison, Claire, and Devon to have a mini freak out and think I was going to miss the train. The train was delayed but even if it wasn’t I made it to the train on time -unfortunately so did everyone else. Despite having reserved seats we spent the first hour of the ride standing because there were so many people on the train we couldn’t even move!

Eventually we got to our seats, made it to Swansea, and got to Parks Le Breos where we had a delicious dinner ready for us. The next morning after our full Welsh breakfast we got a basic introduction to the horses then went on a several hour ride through the woods and up a large hill that gave us a view for what felt like miles. The woman in charge of teaching people to ride had no patience for people who had never been on a horse before which was a bit deterring as she muttered under her breath about a few riders but we didn’t let it spoil the fun because apparently she’s like this every year. Fern and I had a good day as she was the only behaved horse out of the whole bunch.

That night we went to the nearby town of Mumbles. Yes, Mumbles. We found an old castle, took a lot of pictures, befriended a strange ginger cat, and went to a very rocky beach.

The next morning was by far my favorite. Kelsey, who had been on this trip last year, remembered the way to Three Cliffs Bay so most of us went on a beautiful but challenging 3 hour hike to the beach, up some cliffs, and to the ruins of a castle which are now on a golf course. It was the most breathtaking sight I’ve probably ever seen so I’m glad I remembered my camera!

We returned exhausted after our hike to wait for our taxi, and just as this story starts with a mini adventure it ends with one too because the taxi was 20 minutes late. Finally when the taxi showed up we sped through the town making a 30 minute drive in about 20 minutes including a detor we took because of road closure. We got to our train only 5 minutes before it was scheduled to leave. Luckily we got there when we did because the train pulled out of Swansea station a full 3 minutes before it was due to depart! Once on the train we all sighed a breath of relief and waited to pull up in Paddington.

After spending a while trying to figure out what this said I realized it's in Welsh AND English.

After spending a while trying to figure out what this said I realized it’s in Welsh AND English.

The path to the beach.

The path to the beach.

This was the end of a path down a steep hill right onto the first hill of the beach.

This was the end of a path down a steep hill right onto the first hill of the beach.

Panoramic from the top of the beach hill.

Panoramic from the top of the beach hill.

Deltas in front of the cave.

Deltas in front of the cave.

A cliff, mostly for reference.

A cliff, mostly for reference.

Deeana, Tommy, and Jazy climbing said cliff.

Deanna, Tommy, and Jazy climbing said cliff.

Me, Alison, and Devon trying to take a picture when the wind wasn't blowing hair in our faces.

Me, Alison, and Devon trying to take a picture when the wind wasn’t blowing hair in our faces.

There were COWS on the BEACH!

There were COWS on the BEACH!

Me on the beach keeping my distance from the strange cows.

Me on the beach keeping my distance from the strange cows.

Alison climbing over the rocks on our way to the castle.

Alison climbing over the rocks on our way to the castle.

we climbed all the way from the beach front up that (steep) hill to that teeny tiny castle in the background.

It was worth it. This was the view from the castle cliff.

It was worth it. This was the view from the castle cliff.

Me on the edge of the cliff.

Me on the edge of the cliff.

Betsy the basset hound lives on the beach. When she gets bored she climbs up to the castle and digs herself a hole to relax it. True story.

Betsy the basset hound lives on the beach. When she gets bored she climbs up to the castle and digs herself a hole to relax it. True story.

Alison and I in a window of the castle

Alison and I in a window of the castle

Me being adventurous.
Me being adventurous.

I was just sitting in that window... it was terrifying.

I was just sitting in that window… it was terrifying.

Devon in front of another part of the castle ruins.

Devon in front of another part of the castle ruins.

Walking across the foot bridge back towards where we started.

Walking across the foot bridge back towards where we started.

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