After 38 GKH residents rounded up in the lobby, we split up and boarded the two buses we had booked for the day. Out destination - the Peak District. Most were still half asleep at the wee hour of 8:00 am.
We hadn't been on the road for very long when I received a message informing me that there was a little snow action in the area we were heading and to be prepared to modify our plans for the day. After chatting with the rest of my team, we decided to chance it. First stop - Mam Tor. And yes, it had snowed. But even better than that, it was STILL snowing! After recently been missing my usual yearly snow fix, I was beyond pleased with the sights around me. And, it was BIG snow. Not accumulation, but flake size.
When we finally arrived at Mam Tor, we began walking along the trail towards the top. It was stunning. Breath-taking. I saw farmland, snow and trees. The only thing missing from home was the ocean, and at this point, I wasn't about to complain! Snowballs were thrown, pictures were snapped. Although we didn't make it to the top, it was a fantastic way to start off the day!
|Areeba, waiting for me with snowball in hand!|
|Some views from Mam Tor!|
|My flatmate Sreeman and I.|
|I believe the saying goes... "Happy wife, happy life." In this case, it's just "Happy Emily!"|
|TREES! I FOUND TREES!|
|A panoramic view from Mam Tor.|
|The group at the beginning of the Cavern tour.|
|Inside the cavern.|
|Some names etched into the cavern walls. We found one dated '1666'!|
|Proof I have friends!|
L to R: Ahmed, the Orange Canadian, Matthew, Tom, and Yousef
Soon after the rest of the group arrived. I joined my friends Yousef and Ahmed, and we took to some adventuring around this little town. We walked along one of the main roads in search of 'the dome at the university.' It was pretty easy to find. But, the best part of this stop was the fact that there was a recruitment event happening, and we scored free lunch (and there was lobster!).
After we snacked, we decided to head to what's known as the Crescent. It was pretty neat. We climbed the Slopes and found St. Ann's well, where Yousef filled up! And with that, we split up.
|A sign of spring? Sorry Nova Scotians...|
|St. Ann's well|
|A panoramic view from atop the Slopes! |
The dome in the right-centre is the university where we crashed the recruitment event.
Anyway, I returned to the Garden and walked around in search of a bench to sit and watch the ducks. This, I am sad to report, was a difficult task. It appears that the majority of the benches I found pointed more so in the direct of small children playing, rather than small Anatidae. I felt as an adult, sitting on her own, it probably would flag some concerns had I not sat at the the one bench I found facing water and no children.
|Some wildlife at Pavilion Garden|
-the Orange Canadian