As storm Doris passes over the United Kingdom, we seem to have gotten away with it! Apparently the ferries off the Isle this morning/early afternoon were cancelled, but later in the afternoon the sun came out.
Tomorrow morning looks to be calm so hopefully we will be on our way on time.
Once the rain had passed this morning we drove around the Isle, stopping off occasionally to take a photo.
Fingers crossed that the weather stops OK for tomorrow morning, as I plan to get up for sunrise to pop out and take a shot. The weather hasn’t been to great so this is the only opportunity I will have to do this!
Today was forecast to be the best day of our mini break, so today was the day we would try to reach Goatfell Summit. We got up a bit later and had a more relaxed morning, before driving a brief way to park at the start of the walk.
The weather forecast had remained favourable so we set off optimistically to reach the top.
The first thing to note was that it was very windy. Due to this we didn’t make it all the way to the top.
The second thing to note was that on our way back down it started hailing pretty much sideways and we got soaked – so we were glad we didn’t go all the way to the top!
After being on holiday for two weeks at the end of July / start of August, and taking a lot of landscape shots, I think I landscaped myself out.
Both holiday locations (Wales and Norway) were beautiful, but I was compelled to shoot and edit and I think it all got a bit too much. So much so, that it wasn’t until this afternoon that I put the Wales shots on my PC from the external hard drive.
I had another pass through them, and found some more shots that I took in Norway that I liked but hadn’t edited.
Today was my turn to drive, and it was a longer day with several things happening. Firstly we were to drive to Stranda Ski Village to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain.
What a view! We sat down at the restaurant at the top and had some meat soup (yum!). We pottered about for a bit before taking the gondola back down. There was free WiFi up there too – so obviously we uploaded some piccies to social media 😉 And then I went on Pokemon……
Then we drove on to Hellesylt to get the ferry to Geiranger. This wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting. It was a nice hour journey, but it wasn’t the best. The views, as kB rightly pointed out, are better from higher up not lower down.
Once we were off the ferry we had two view points that I wanted to shoot from. The first one was in the opposite direction to home, and it was a really steep, really windy road. Because it was in the opposite direction it meant I had to drive up, and then back down it.
The second view point was up the Eagle Road, which was another steep, windy road but this was more like the troll road so it was a bit better to drive up. After that it was back to the hotel.