Exploring the Unknown

Have you ever gone somewhere very familiar and suddenly discovered a part of it you never knew existed? I had that happen during my pilgrim walk around Bangor, when we discovered Ogwen Trail. And it happened again, later, during a walk toward Llandudno. It started when my parents and I decided we wanted to go … Continue reading Exploring the Unknown

Mount Snowdon

Ever since we moved to North Wales, we have been talking about walking up Snowdon. We live minutes from one edge of Snowdonia National Park and are already familiar with many of its awe-inspiring walks, but our plans to walk up the highest mountain in Wales kept getting thwarted with rain or other interference. Until last weekend. … Continue reading Mount Snowdon

One Week

What a difference a week can make. At the end of May, the buds on this rhododendron tree had come out of hiding but were still tightly closed. I had just visited Bodnant Garden and seen all of the flowering rhododendrons there, so I was anxious to see this tree bloom. Just a week later, … Continue reading One Week

Aber Falls

While talking with other expat friends about exploring North Wales, the discussion turned to the myriad waterfalls around here. Someone mentioned Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr), a waterfall not far inland between Bangor and Conwy. Naturally, we had to explore it. We set out the next day. It was a quick drive with a convenient parking … Continue reading Aber Falls