Our 3 year wedding anniversary seemed like a good excuse to go on our first camping trip of the year. The weather was colder and less settled than we had hoped but it turned out very well.
We went to Betws-y-coed (affectionately called Betsy-who-ha by Brent) – we’d celebrated our first anniversary there as well on what was Stella’s first camping trip. (Of course, she is a seasoned camper now).
On Saturday we walked 10 ½ miles through Gwyder Forest. The views were beautiful especially the snow capped mountains and still, reflective lakes. The trails were very dog friendly and Stella really enjoyed smelling and running circles around us. When the wet weather did come later in the evening, we were tucked up comfortably in the van. We were all pretty tired after our fresh air and walk and slept well although Stella did have to make her presence known a few times by trying to sit on Paul’s head or lick my face. Good thing she’s cute.
It rained on Sunday morning as we were packing up to leave but by the time we got to Llandegla Forest for our walk, it was bright and cold. We knew that the forest was really geared up for cyclists but had no idea to what extent. We quickly realised that walkers were definitely in the minority as the vans and cars with bikes attached to racks and roofs rolled in but the cycling and walking trails were well segregated and we felt like we had the forest to ourselves for most of the 7 miles. We were surprised by the snow in the woods – it was a proper winter wonderland once we got off the beaten track. Almost everywhere else on the way there and on the way home was completely green.
We completed both walks with an ice cream treat. The first was in Betws-y-coed and the second on the way home at a place in Heswall that Paul had seen. Although, obviously, no ice cream is ever bad, the second ice cream won the best ice cream competition for me – might have to try a few more of their flavours.
The highlight of the weekend was just being away together – no jobs to worry about or errands to do. Reflecting back to March 17, 2010, while enjoying the views on our walks was also pretty amazing. I’d happily make our anniversary the inaugural camping trip of every year. J