Day 17 of Europe 2012 Trip: Cooper’s Hill

First, I would like to say sorry for the lack of blog updates. I’ve been really busy with life related things. I’m definitely nearing the end of blogging about my Europe trip. Just a couple more updates! I hope you’re all enjoying this… This is going to be a short update as I have a bunch of stuff I need to do… But here’s what happened on day 17!

You know that place in the UK where a large group of people chase a wheel of cheese down a hill? … Yeah we went there. The hike up to the top started off with cutting through some farmlands. It’s such a nice area!

Lots of wheat.

There was also the remains of a villa. It was pretty cool.

Look who we found! This guy was pretty big.

We got to the top, and it was crazy seeing this site. The view was pretty nice, and the hill was STEEP! The pictures don’t do any justice. I stared at the hill for a long time wondering how people ran down this thing. There were many times where I thought to myself, “You could run down this line, and then… No…. that looks bad”. This was definitely a cool site. Thanks for bringing us here, Pete!

Day 16 of Europe 2012 Trip: London During the Olympics

Shannon and I were pretty stoked about lining up our trip with the Olympics. It was cool being able to experience two Olympic games in a row (the other one was in Vancouver)! I thought London was going to be PACKED with people, but when we got there, it wasn’t THAT busy. I mean, it was busy, but not crazy busy… It was kind of weird, but oh well. It was still lots of fun wandering around the place.

We went by train this time because last time we took the bus and we were delayed by about an hour which was not cool. And with the Olympics going on, we weren’t sure how busy it was going to be, so we decided to pay a little bit extra and took the train. We arrived at Paddington Station. I’m really liking all these train rides!

River Thames.

Shakespeare’s Globe.

We then headed over to the Millenium Bridge which is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Thames. It was pretty cool, and you can see St Paul’s Cathedral in the background, which is where we’re going to next!

The next picture is an HDR picture of St Paul’s Cathedral. Unfortunately, the tours to the top of the cathedral were done for the day, and we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the inside so we just walked around some more! Yay for saving some money!

Another HDR picture.

Tower of London

Tower Bridge!

One more HDR picture!

Day 13 – 15 of Europe 2012 Trip: Geocaching in Newent & Gloucester

For a while, Pete and I have been talking about doing this crazy geocache where it involves a kayak (or some floatation device) and going down a long dark tunnel. I guess today was the day to do it! We met up with his folks in a little town called Newent. We walked around a bit and picked up a few caches.

We got near the cache site, and we had to wait for Pete’s buddy to meet us here. So once he arrived, Pete’s folks took off to do other things, and off we went to the cache site (cache is called “Hippos Below”).

I still love the countryside! Soooo nice!

After getting everything/everyone through a barbwire fence and down a steep hill, we were finally at the entrance of Hippos Below!

Time to get this thing inflated!

Mark (was that his name? I can’t remember) and I went first, but after a little ways in, we didn’t feel 100% safe. The kayak thinger seemed to sag a bit, so we decided to turn around just to be on the safe side of things. Long story short, we were reading the air gauge wrong, so the whole thing wasn’t inflated enough. Afterwards, Pete and Shannon went. It was about a 40 minute round trip.

After they came back, it was our turn to go! Headlamps were on, and off we went! It was definitely weird going down a dark tunnel on a kayak. We had no sense of reference as to where we were or how far we’ve gone. We eventually hit a dead end, then decided to turn around… I guess we floated past the cache by a little! We were distracted by all the calcification on the walls. We turned around and luckily we spotted the cache! Were we ever relieved. After signing the logbook and taking a few pictures, we headed back to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Next adventure was just checking out a local park near Pete’s place, Barnwood Park. We did a Whereigo geocache which gave us a tour around the park. Super interesting! Here are our discoveries.

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