The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Tent, not Bothy

As is often the case, the final decision was made over an All Day Breakfast (in a cafe with serious apostrophe issues), when afternoon was almost upon us and time had run out for pontification.

Either plan could have been executed in the four hours or so of daylight remaining, but it was 'tent on a hill' that won over 'bothy in the woods' for tonight. So, up a pretty stream and along a valley we took ourselves.

With the weather being less than ideal (rain was not on the forecasts I saw) and with the cloud base getting lower and lower, there seemed little value in climbing up to a higher llyn, or onto the ridge.

We may as well stay below the cloud base, we thought and so at the first flat spot alongside a llyn (that I would name but for the map being inaccessible as I type this), up went the tent, even though it was a little early.

The rain let up whilst we pitched, which was a blessing, but within half an hour the cloud was down below us and rain is now falling again. Let's hope tomorrow brings drier weather.

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  1. Oooh - That looks bleak & 'orrid, that does... Good luck with the weather!

  2. North Wales - the only place with no snow (not much, anyway). You'll love it, but not as much as if you'd set off before the cloud came - it's here for a day or two I'm afraid!
    Have fun...

  3. Alan - bleakness is a bit of a feature around Llyn Bodlyn, but I suppose that once it's dark at 4pm that becomes irrelevant anyway!

    Martin - cloud was expected, but I'd looked at some optimistic forecasts that didn't mention that the clouds were going to leak. I expect that you've ordered sunny weather for Sunday?

  4. Of course I have Gayle. Bring some gloves and a torch, though!