Snowdon.

I did it. I really did it. Another item checked off my bucket list, climb the highest mountain in Wales, all 1085m of it. 

I, along with two good pals, set of at 8.40 in the morning along the Snowdon Ranger path from the YHA Snowdon Ranger Hostel at the base of the mountain.  The weather warm and the sun burning we set off to conquer the mountain. 

Lots of stops, lots of photos, and lots of cajoling by each other and passer-bys we get to the summit.

Tired and exhausted we hang around at the top for a while. Munching on lunch, celebrating that we reached the summit and enjoying the superb views that the clear skies gave us. 

After one too many dirty looks from the lazy train passengers because we were overly sweaty as we had the courage to walk up, we headed back down the same track we came up – we had planned another route down  but apparently it was along a ridge and none of us felt like injuring ourselves so we took the easier option out and returned to the hostel by the way we came. 

We showered then hit the pub. A brilliant day.

  • Time started: 8.40am 
  • Time returned: 4.30pm
  • Total time: 8 hr 10 mins. 
  • Total blisters: 3 – well that’s just me, I’m sure the other two had a few as well! 
  • Total sunburns: My face and both arms – yet my legs still remain horrifically white!!

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^ View from the top ^

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^ Myself, Oscar and Kat at the Summit! ^

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^ The summit from the pub at the bottom. You can just make out the train station/cafe at the top ^

 

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Is your Life Full?

This has been making the rounds on most Social Media websites. Thought I’d share it with you. 

A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’ The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. ‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So… pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’ One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.