Ailsa has decided to take it easy with her travel theme this week (click here to see other entries).
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I don’t relax. So, this theme posed a challenge for me.
The only time that I completely chill out is when I go camping. I’m not talking about the family campsites with clubhouses, playgrounds and their own restaurant. I mean nothing but a field with a toilet in it, where you can hear the sound of the sea/wildlife from your tent (although the seagulls so get a bit annoying around 3am). In the past couple of years I have found two such places that fit the bill:
Whitesands in West Wales…
… and Church Doors, near Tenby.
It would be criminal to go to West Wales and not visit at least one of the stunning beaches. On my recent trip there with my friend and her family, we thought we’d squeeze every last drop out of the British summer that we could and head to Saundersfoot for a couple of hours. When it comes to the West Walian coastline, I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Although I have visited West Wales many times, there is so much to see and do in the area that I could never get bored. Every time I go there, I discover something new, and my recent trip was no exception. After much debate and discussion (we were a large group, and everybody had their own opinion), we decided to spend a day at Heatherton.
This great day out really does provide entertainment for every member of the family, whatever your age. The adults in our group got to try out shooting, baseball, crazy golf and go-karting, while the smaller family members chose a more sedate form of driving…
I also got to add a new activity to my list. Archery is something that I’ve always wanted to try, and I finally got my chance. Unfortunately I wasn’t very good at it (I scored an embarrassing 1 point), but it was a lot of fun.
Can you spot my one arrow that I managed to get on the board?
Sometimes, the best kind of adventures are the ones that I haven’t planned and I have no control over. My recent weeked in West Wales was one such trip. My friend’s family invited me to join them all for a caravan holiday to Cross Park in Broadmoor, near Tenby. Although I’m an experienced camper, I’ve never stayed in a caravan before. I wasn’t sure what to expect, or what was expected of me. We booked bronze caravans (which I assume precedes silver and gold), and ours was nicer than my apartment. We had three comfortable bedrooms, a kitchen area, lounge with a TV, shower and two toilets. The caravan was immaculately clean and tidy (before we arrived), and bedding was provided. In hindsight, I wish I’d thought to pack my camping box as there was no cloths or soap to do the washing up with, but I least I know for next time.
Cross park appears to be run by only a small team (although we accept we were there off-season), but they worked really hard to make our holiday as great as possible. From checking in, to serving us food and drink, entertaining us and answering our questions, there was always one of the team on hand with a friendly smile. We couldn’t have asked for a better base to explore West Wales from.
When I saw that this week’s photo challenge is to take a shot in the ‘golden hour’, the first and last hour of sunlight of the day, there was only one place I thought about.
I’ve been fortunate to travel to a lot of places in the world, and on the way I’ve witnessed lots of sunrises and sunsets. My favourite by far is the sunset at Whitesands in West Wales.
What really amazes me about this landscape is the effect that it has. When I took this photo, I was travelling with my friend, her two young nephews and our godson. Camping with three boisterous boys is pretty much loud all the time. Watching this sunset, however, was the one time on the whole weekend that they all stopped and stood quietly for a few minutes. Only for a few minutes, mind. They were soon back to tearing up the beach again 🙂
This post is my entry in the Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour. Click here to see more entries.