Thursday, 28 March 2019

Cadair Idris long weekend pt 1 Feb 25

We have a long weekend away in the van,  Early Sunday morning we are off in the van heading to Cadair Idris , a place I have still not visited.  The main car park is suitable to stay overnight so sunday evening stop over then drive somewhere else on Monday.  The weather forecast is looking very good, unseasonal high temperatures of about 20 dgrees in February is unheard of!

 Driving through the valleys full of mist, so atmospheric and should have stopped to take some images but couldn't find anywhere to stop unfortunately.

Arrived at the car park at 9.30 ,  and after pancakes for breakfast we start our walk up towards Cadair Idris.  This line of trees leading from the car park are superb.

It looks like a steep climb initially up through the forest heading right before the terrain opens up as we get high above the trees.

The Terrible Twosome posing in the warm sun,   it was a good idea to leave coats in the van and just take fleeces with us as its very warm climbing up here.

We are now out in the open above the last stand of trees, this will be a good place to take a drone flight.

                                                         Chester looks tired already!

                                                                          Drone selfi

                                                        Looking back down the valley

A Vertorama image , I flew the drone back down to look up at the trees in front of us with the mountains behind.

                                                       The view back down the valley.

                                                              A 5 frame vertorama

                                                                       Hand catch.

  Now time to get walking , uphill all the way up to Llyn Cau , its a fairly good rocky path that winds up the valley .

                                       The Terrible Twosome have found a posing platform .

                             Time for another short drone flight , looking down behind us .

                                   Fabulous view down the valley , 9 frame panorama.

                      And looking up towards Cadair Idris , Llyn Cau is nestled below the summit.

                                       Meanwhile , Chester is posing , a rare occurrence!

                 We have now hiked up to the lake , Mollster is straining to get in the water   haha

                                    Cooling off ,  cant believe its over 20 dgrees in February!

I have left Jan with Mollster down by the lake and Chester has followed me up to the ridge so I can fly from up here.

 Chester is looking down to see Mol ,  he then runs all the way down back to Jan before running all the way back up   haha

                      Up with the drone,  a 9 frame panorama , the light is a bit flat unfortunately.

                        Looking over the ridge back down the valley .again 9 frames .

                            Back over the ridge looking towards Cadair Idris and Llyn Cau.
A bit more blue in the sky now,   but no direct sun to give depth and shadows across the mountains.

                                                          6 frame Vertorama selfi

                                   Back down to the lake and a phone image of the reflections.

                Time to head back down now, Jan is tired and doesn't feel up to going higher.
                  and now the sun breaks through again, typical !

                    Its a bit hazy down in the valley now. still a long way back down to the van !

                                                 At the bottom now, and a rest in the van .

                 Late afternoon sun streaming through the open van side door and Jan has wine !

                                                     As the sun sets,  not much colour

                                 Up with the drone and a 100% crop from a single image.

                                                       9 frame panorama after sundown.

                    The end of a great day, tomorrow we are heading towards Barmouth.

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