Friday, March 16, 2012

Oxford


This week has been fantastically exhausting, and we are staying in Oxford tonight; the area is awesome.  We drove from the beaches of Wales back into England this morning and are headed to London tomorrow morning.
Day 7 Part II

SNOWDONIA--nothing more needs to be said...Enjoy the pictures.





























Day 7 Part I

Trip to privately owned and preserved copper mine.  Owner is an archeologist and geologist who has let his Sunday hobby run away.  Team has been together since 1987 when they first discovered the cooper mine.










Thursday, March 15, 2012

Brussel sprouts

Of all the things I learned today,  I learned that I do like Brussel sprouts.
More on topic... 
We started the day stopping at a point where we could see an island that has puffins across a body of water.  Unfortunately, the fog was so thick that we couldn't quite see it; maybe next time.

We drove to the great orme, a neolithic copper mining site from 4,000 BC. We got to tour underground in the tunnels and it was a big difference from the coal mines we saw earlier in the week.  These tunnels were worked in with very little technology.  The minerals were extracted by bone tools and stones. This also meant that the tunnels were not supported by anything and were made to crawl through.  The spaces are extremely small and the conditions were not pleasant, but the techniques used at such an early time were incredible.



From here we went up to Snowdonia and hiked for the rest of the afternoon. The views were incredible, and the mist made it feel like we were walking into the clouds.







Sad it's already Thursday, but I have learned so much and the places we've been have been breath taking.  Thanks SU.