In April, Kate moved to England. In June she got in touch. She wanted to come visit! And we picked a weekend for that. And this one was it.
She would arrive Saturday around noon. And the forecast for that day was good. So we wanted to take advantage of that and go into the mountains.
She arrived noon sharp and ready to go. Minutes later we were off! Our plan A was Pen yr Ole Wen, but there was no parking there. We checked all lay-bys to Capel Curig, but there wasn’t space to park a toy car.
We got to the further outskirts of Capel, where Kate spotted a parking spot by Cobden’s, a hotel that seemed perennially closed. But there was a sign there. You could park there for a few quid, and pay online, or otherwise pay in the hotel. We are troglodytes so we went in. I didn’t realise that was a thing!
A kind lady let us in, and let us pay. And then things went from there. We got the entire history of the place, and the current state, and we got the grand tour. It was interesting! The place is not half as closed as I thought it was. I hope to get back there. But we wanted to go for a walk! So we had to leave at some point.
We decided to walk Moel Siabod. I hadn’t been yet this year! The last time had been last year with the other Kate. It is a nice walk! We did the clockwise loop. And we made sure to stop for lunch soon, as it had pretty much been lunchtime when Kate arrived, and it was a lot later now.
|The lake where we had lunch|
It was a nice walk and the weather was lovely! I was really chuffed. And I was confident we would manage to spend the next day, which would be a washout, in a good way as well...