Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Turkey Run State Park

by grace on October 17, 2017

Turkey Run State Park in Indiana is fantastic.  We went there when i was a kid and did a little hiking, and maybe we stayed at the lodge.  I know we went back there about 15 or so years ago, stayed at the lodge, did a little hiking but it had rained a lot and the paths were too slippery to get around much.

but Kevin had never been there, so i suggested we stop on our way home from our anniversary festivies at the Indiana Grand Casino.

and we’re so glad we did.  first, we had lunch at the lodge.  it’s nice; not quite as rustic as the lodge at starved rock, but still nice.  It was built in 1919, but i bet they didn’t have the money to keep up with period renovations – the ceiling in the dining room and other areas was made of those 70s kind of white tiles that made the place look, well, a little like the 70s.  but still nice.

it was a fairly warm and humid day and we decided we’d hike for maybe an hour. there were some walkways, but there were also many spots that were just dirt.

lots of spectacular ravines with sandstone gorges, but at the end of this walkway it was muddy, and we didn’t have our hiking boots or sticks, so we decided not to venture into the mud.

out destination was this covered bridge.

pretty cool.  but don’t think about running over the bridge!

here’s a bridge for traffic just to the east of covered bridge.  we saw quite a few kayakers and canoes as we hiked, and agreed that would be a lot of fun.

it seems you’d be ok running across the bridge, actually.

the funny thing is how precipitous the trail was.  even though there were no huge climbs, sometimes the steps were uneven, and sometimes there were no steps, and i can’t imagine hiking it when it was wet.  and here’s an eroded place right there on the trail; when we hiked in wales on the pembrokeshire coast path, there were so many signs of a fellow plunging off the cliff with dire warnings, but the trails there had been so well maintained that it would be very difficult to fall.  but here at turkey run, not so much.

this incredibly tall sycamore had a huge growth on it, something we’d never seen before.  i asked jim, knower of all things tree-related, and he said he didn’t know what it was; he said it “looks like an old wound that never quite healed.”  so i looked it up online and that’s basically what it is, i think – i believe it’s called a Burl, which comes from environmental injury.  this injury causes hyper-stimulated cambial growth; and here’s a bit of the vast amount of information i found out about trees:

Very little of a tree’s volume is actually “living” tissue. Just 1% of a tree is actually alive and composed of living cells. The major living portion of a growing tree is a thin film of cells just under the bark (called the cambium) and can be only one to several cells thick. Other living cells are in root tips, the apical meristem, leaves and buds. The overwhelming portion of all trees is made up of non-living tissue created by a cambial hardening into non-living wood cells on the inner cambial layer. 

Sandwiched between the outer cambial layer and the bark is an ongoing process of creating sieve tubes which transport food from leaves to roots.So, all wood is formed by the inner cambium and all food-conveying cells are formed by the outer cambium.

so, the tree formed the big thing to protect itself.

we walked for about three hours, and it was enjoyable to get out there again.  it was also nice because turkey run wasn’t so crowded with people, like it had been at starved rock.  hopefully we’ll go back soon…my knees are a bit wonky after my fall, but i’m hoping that will go away soon because it’s making me slightly stir crazy.

and that’s it for this lovely tuesday in october…

ok then,

mrs. h.


Sunday August 23rd, 2015 – part 2

by grace on July 1, 2016

We’d had a soggy look around the garden at Wyndcliffe Court, and were eager to get back into the house for some tea and sandwiches and dessert.

we snagged one of the couches right next to the roaring fire, and we’d have been happy to just move in!


plus, the lunch was fantastic.  i’m pretty sure they even had my lapsang souchong tea, although not 100% certain.


here’s the menu – i think we split a cheese and chutney and a salmon sandwich.  but where’s the photo of the dessert? i know we got dessert!  maybe we ate it so fast that we didn’t have time to take a picture.


our best lunch ever.


as we were leaving, i noticed this very modern apparatus.  i think it’s a speaker?  totally cool, huh?  You can just make out that it says harmon Kardon on the bottom of it.  it was funny to have such a modern thing in the midst of all the antiques.

i must look them up online.



i took this as we were leaving – i think mom has a similar cat in her collection.

and then, on to Veddw Garden!

but first, we drove into Chepstow.  The night before i’d bemoaned the fact that i’d chosen a b&b for these next to nights that was out in the country – when we got to wales, i realized that this could involve more teeny, tiny roads.  but when planning, the b&b i chose seemed ideal, because it was only a few miles from Veddw, and i thought that we wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a big town.

because i wasn’t thinking well, that’s why.  well, that, and the fact that i had no idea about the teeny tiny roads of wales.

chepstow was a fine little town, and if we’d stayed there we could have walked to dinner.  but it’s all good, i have quite a tale of monday, but there’s so much to cover before that, namely, Veddw.

here’s the little road leading from Wyndcliffe to Chepstow.


it had stopped raining when we drove into Chepstow, and we walked around a bit and didn’t go into the castle because we didn’t feel like it.  since this was almost the end of the trip, we were desperate to find some souvenirs, and lo and behold, we came across the tourist information center, where we almost bought out the place.

i don’t know why i didn’t take any photos in town except this one here.


this is an important one, anyway.  it’s the starting point for the wales coast path.  not the pembrokeshire coast path, which is a measly 186 miles long, approximately.  and we only hiked about 35 miles of that, maybe.

the wales coast path is 870 miles long.  and here’s the amazing thing – when we went to meet and visit with charles and anne at Veddw, charles had just finished walking every mile of it!

he’d done it it segments, not all at one go, but OMG, as they say.


i’d kind of like to walk the entire wales coast path someday, but i guess that’s not a very realistic hope, because there are many other beautiful places to visit and walk around and take many photos of.

and next, i’ll start my postings of the many many pictures of the most beautiful place i’ve ever seen, Veddw.


ok then,

still mrs. first day of july hughes.



finally, finally, another video of our Wales trip.  my new goal is to get everything posted before a year has passed since we went.  i think this is attainable.

i did take photos of St. David’s Cathedral, and lots of photos of the Bishop’s Palace ruins next door, but i must have been over it with taking video, because this video is mostly about the people we saw coasteering as we took one last hike along the Pembrokeshire Coast path, heading north from St. David’s.

there’s a lot of footage, but the whole sport is fascinating to me, and i did manage to get at least a couple shots of people leaping into the water.  it’s too bad we couldn’t ever identify they, because as i said in the video, i’m sure they would have loved to have video of themselves!


after touristing all around st. david’s, and resting a bit in our nice room, we decided that we’d take a hike.  this was our last chance to go on the pembrokeshire coast path, and even though we’d looked forward to not hiking, by the afternoon we really wanted to get back out of town.

i already posted this picture last time, but i like it.  a quiet time, with a view of the hustle and bustle of a very touristy little town.


we saw this very official and stylish van as we walked out of st. david’s, back on the road to the path.  it was funny to start our hike at 2:30 in the afternoon.


the road going back to the path – not a lot of room for walkers, but there wasn’t so much traffic.


yay, the bay!  the signs in wales were all in welsh first.


and here’s the little shop at the camp site that we’d passed up the first time – we went in and bought a lovely pan au chocolat.  mmm, pan au chocolat, i wish i had one right now.


we headed north along the path…


and after about a half hour, we got to st. non’s bay and chapel.  this is where st. david was born, plus there’s a healing well.


hmm, i don’t know why we didn’t try to wash up a bit with some of the healing waters…maybe because we weren’t feeling infirm at all.


plus the water looked mighty murky.


these are supposed to be the ruins of the actual spot where st. david was born. it was so lovely once again, and nobody else around.  maybe a couple of walkers, but that’s it.





inside the chapel, it was peaceful and cool.


now, i can’t say why i took a picture of this sign – maybe because of the neat name?  St. Winifred is not St. Non, and so now i don’t even know why this sign was there.  maybe kevin remembers?


we kept walking up the coast, and spotted these people down in the water.  they’re Coasteering.

Yeah, i’d never heard of it either, but it’s mentioned in our Pembrokeshire coast path guidebook.  it says that a shop in st. david’s called TYF claims to have invented this sport, which involves traversing sheer cliffs by scrambling, climbing, jumping off ledges into the churning sea and getting very wet.  if you click on link above to the wikipedia definition, the photo of coasteering is taken from porthclais, where we were about to hike.

i don’t think we’d read about coasteering before this hike, and it was funny to see these people in their helmets and lots of gear, all paddling around in the water. I know i shot a lot of video of them.


here’s Porthclais, about an hour north of St. Non’s.  WE looked down at the bay, and kevin was sure that we wouldn’t be able to walk down this path, tat it was a sheer drop.


we hadn’t been able to see the path there in the foreground where we could walk down to the sand.



here’s where we walked down, a bit rocky.


it was pretty busy there with people boating and fishing and some dogs running in the water.



we decided to walk just a little bit farther up the way, and finally we agreed to stop, at about 5:00.  here’s the view to the north.


we celebrated by sharing our delicious pan au chocolat.  why didn’t we get two of them?  next time!  i’m sure we burned off all the calories…


and the view from whence we came…


we walked back to porthclais, where the tide had come in; the sand where we’d walked was now covered in water.


quite a few lime kilns here.




the harbor, as we headed back.


it only took about an hour to get back to st. david’s, so it wasn’t a very long hike, but a lovely one.  here’s the little alleyway cutting through to our hotel.


we weren’t in the mood for dinner at another restaurant, so instead we split a wrap from the little stand set up in front of our b&b, which was called the Coach House, by the way.  we thought the stand belonged to this guy, but we was just working for Steve, the owner of the Coach House as well as the stand full of delicious wraps.


we sat on a bench across the street and enjoyed our little meal.  it’s funny how very crowded the place was during the day, but then pretty deserted in the evening.


we also split a tiny bowl of ice cream from the little shop right next door to the b&b.  it would be fantastic to have an ice cream place right next door, but also very, very bad.  we’d already split a larger ice cream later in the day, a two ice cream day!  how decadent of us!


i assume we went to bed relatively early, because we had a very busy day of travel ahead of us the next day.

ok then,

mrs. i wish i was in wales right now hughes.





continuing with monday, august 17th – ruins of the bishop’s palace

March 27, 2016

after we left St. David’s Cathedral in the morning, we walked over to the mediaval bishop’s palace  ruins next door. it had started to get a bit busy over at the cathedral, but not so many folks at the ruins. it was impressive, and we had a good time tromping all around the place.   […]

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video from Sunday, August 16th, on the Pembrokeshire Path

February 25, 2016

This video starts after our encounter with the wild horses.  another glorious day of hiking the Pembrokeshie Coast Path!  

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Sunday, August 16th – the rest of our hike from Solva to St. David’s

February 17, 2016

it was a leisurely day, with only six miles to cover. here’s what the trail looked like behind us, after we’d had our encounter with the wild ponies.   we saw this funny guy when we were almost to st. david’s. the beach is down the road from St. David’s, and behind it is the vast caravan […]

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Sunday, August 16th – the Pembrokeshire Path from Solva to St. David’s

February 16, 2016

this was our final official hiking day – six short miles from solva to st. david’s.  here’s the first part of our hike – we ran into some wild ponies, and i videotaped them, and so the video is at the very end of this post. first, breakfast – i ordered a duck egg because […]

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Video from our hike from Little Haven to Solva – Sat. August 15th

February 13, 2016

here’s the video –  it includes a guy parasailing, somebody wind surfing , and some wild ponies!  a beautiful, sunny day in the south of Wales. ok then, g.h.

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2nd part of our morning, saturday, august 15th – little haven to solva

January 23, 2016

that last set of photos took us from a little before seven in the morning up to…about 10:30.  yes, picture-taking took up a big portion of our hike. here’s the next three hours, all the way up to lunchtime. this was a lotta steps to climb.   another beautiful day! so basically the path is […]

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