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Day Three - Hiking and Liverpool

It was a pleasant day for a hike and I set about the many paths around and up the mountains. The views were absolutely stunning and the weather leaning toward favorable. I ran across many a goat and sheep, some cowardly, others quite bold. I had very nice views of the slate mines and also Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn, two glacially formed lakes at the base of the mountain.

Llyn Padarn
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Slate Mine & Goat
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Dolbadarn Castle
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I went inside what’s left of Dolbadarn Castle, built in the 13th century by the Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great, at the base of the Llanberis Pass, in North Wales. The castle was important both militarily and as a symbol of Llywelyn's power and authority. The castle features a large stone keep, which is considered to be a leading example of a Welsh round towel from days gone by. From there, I climbed a good way up the mountain before heading back.

The drive to Liverpool from Northern Wales was amazing. The sun was out and the mountains, at first, then eventually the ocean, were an incredibly impressive sight. After locating my hotel, I ventured out to the docks and then roamed the city for a bit. As the night wore on, the rain picked up and I headed for O’Neil’s pub to wait it out. There was a girl from London who was there on holiday and we talked about the different areas of England and her dreams of visiting the US. We made small talk and enjoyed a few pints, and before long it was time to head back and get ready for the Lions game.

Photo by Robin Buckson - Detroit News

The Lions were ready for this one. I haven’t seen a Lions team with the sense of urgency and drive this squad had in a long time. 38-10 Detroit! Welcome back to the playoffs! The most impressive game in at least a decade and just at the right time. What a way to finish the night!


Day Four

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