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Going Home in the Rain


It rained a lot last night starting just after we had all gone to bed after a memorable evening gossiping in the gloom in the campsite. The general conclusion was that this wasn't a day for walking, especially as everyone seemed to have had such a good day yesterday on their various walks so we packed up1 and headed for home.

First stop along with several others of the OM crew was the Pinnacle Café at Capel Curig where I was "forced" to have a hearty Pinnacle Breakfast2.

Then on to Betws-y-Coed to do some browsing in the many outdoor shops there. This was a bit of a disappointment. The place is a real tourist trap and even the well know shops like Cotswold seemed to be lacking in much in the way of useful stock. We did find one nice store though: Stewart R Cunningham tucked away off the main drag (by the car park with toilets). They sold a lot of Páramo3 among other things but what cheered me up was finding a combined walking pole and camera monopod with a polished wooden ball covered the screw, and only £25 too so I snapped that up.

After that it was a pretty uneventful journey home and it got dryer and dryer as we headed east. The only downer was a passed two accidents: one of which was a bike which had rear ended a car. By the time we passed it the biker had gone off in an ambulance but looking at the mess he'd made both to his bike and the back of the car it didn't bode well.

  1. Full marks to Khyam tents incidentally, we bought one of their "Quick Erect" Highlander tents and it was indeed both very quick to erect and also to strike, which was handy in the conditions. The only downer is that the Highlander is a bit small for me so I think we'll be trading it in for a bigger one.
  2. Bacon, Egg, Sausage, Beans, Saute Potatoes, Tomato, Hash Browns, Toast, Tea. Phew!
  3. Warning: spurious accent alert.

Tags: Snowdonia Written 27/04/08

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