Unexpected opportunity

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Because of an accommodating Welshman, I got a completely different view of my favorite castle, Dolbadarn.

Just before leaving for Llanberis, I dropped by my landlady’s home to get an air pressure gauge. Instead of the gauge, I left with a personal guide and Sally’s Norwich terrier, Bindy. I could relax not having to drive.

Bindy was NOT a cooperative passenger. She howled and barked and whined most of the car travel. She was only quiet when we got out to walk.

We first went up to Dolbadarn Castle. Leaves aren’t on the trees yet, but the moss is prevalent and emerald green.
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Then we went to the well-defined trail in Padarn County Park through the sessile oaks. I imagine with leaves the forest would be impressive.
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Then we came upon a mining pit now used by a diving group.

Warning sign at pit. Depth at 80 feet.
Warning sign at pit. Depth at 80 feet.

The cart in the art transported the slate slabs, called a bogey.
The cart in the air transported the slate slabs is called a bogey.

The green color is from the copper in the water.
The green color is from the copper in the water.

Look carefully upper middle, little green dot.
Look carefully upper middle, little green dot.

See him now?
See him now?

We went to lunch on Anglesey so I could finally get a photo of the Telford bridge, considered the first modern suspension bridge.
Telford bridge built 1826.
Telford bridge built 1826.

After lunch, my guide took me to the top of the hill overlooking Llanberis. The view was indescribable and surreal. I had not found this overlook in any resource, nor was it easy to get to. The first photo, Dolbadarn Castle, is from this perspective.
The well-defined, slate covered path gave a great perspective of Snowdon.
The well-defined, slate covered path gave a great perspective of Snowdon.

Below is a signature of the slate industry and on the other side are the hills and Snowdon defining the pass
Below is a signature of the slate industry and on the other side are the hills and Snowdon defining the pass

Tomorrow morning is a Welsh cake lesson and a trip to Anglesey to return the car.

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10 thoughts on “Unexpected opportunity

  1. Janet, these pictures are breathtaking. I’m really enjoying your blog a lot. The next best thing to being t here.

  2. great photos!! although the person scaling the mountain was a bit startling. was there anything to actually hang onto?

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