An amazing experience. It is hard to describe the sense of awe and wonder we felt all day. Magical moments when puffins decide to land unexpectedly beside you with a mouthful of sand eels. Bullets. Fast. Comical. And, a surprise trig point in the centre of the island.
A special 'hello' to the two families that we met on the day (if you do manage to find this blog). So much excitement and learning going on - shared by adults and children alike. In answer to the question (by one of the children) about Risso's Dolphins, the white markings are due to social interactions, not damage by netting. We looked it up when we returned home.
After looking at our photo, we were assured by one of the wardens that we had been watching porpoises. Just as exciting as the porpoises was the aerodynamic beauty of the gannets as they dived for fish.
Top tip: If you watch where the gannets are circling and diving, the likelihood is there porpoises/dolphins nearby. We followed the advice and were not disappointed!
Learned and Affirmed:
Hardly a peak, but a walk through some boggy land to visit to a Neothilic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. For more information, check out the 'Explore-Gower' website. We did find a trig point, so we'll label it a 'sneaky peak' as our walk was completely flat from start to finish. However, it was a good way to test out Lynne's new walking boots.
Although the Meindl walking boots are great quality, they may not last long on the end of Lynne's feet. After researching extensively before and after buying boots, the main piece of advice we would give anyone buying boots is 'make sure they are comfortable and you feel you can walk/climb naturally in them'. Although the Meindl boots add extra support (rigid), it's no good if you do not feel confident in them. Our new learning - Lynne's preference for walking/climbing/scrambling is a flexible boot. So - back to searching for boots...and if anyone would like to purchase a pair of 'almost new' Meindl's, please get in touch!
We are Lynne and Andrew from Single Steps Learning. Our love of learning and exploring has inspired us to take up 'hill-walking'. We hope to progress from novice to expert! This is our journey.