We arrived to London in the very early morning of Dec 27th. I consider myself to be a fairly flexible and an easy going traveller, but those were the most cramped airline seats and the worst landing I have ever experienced. As the plane emptied, we heard a faint and familiar howl coming from the belly of the ship. Yes, we could hear Luther down in pet cargo. We felt terrible for him, but were happy just to know he was alive. Customs was a breeze compared to what I have experienced in the past. Then, we walked about (what felt like) 5 miles (still within the airport) to get our rental car. Luckily, the Sheraton Heathrow was kind enough to let us check in at 8am. We were soooo tired. Just as we were about to nap, we got a call that Luther was done with his quarantine and customs process which was two hours faster than we were told. It was so nice to reunite with Luther. We went back to the hotel and SLEPT. Personally, I was running on 3 hours of sleep in 48 hours. We took the day to recover from the long journey, to prepare for another: driving from London, England to Aberdeen, Scotland. Luckily, our rental car had GPS, but kept rerouting us around traffic, which didn’t help at all because there was just a lot of traffic everywhere. It took us the entire day to get only halfway. Driving on the wrong side of the road was a new experience for both of us! Props to Bobby, he drove pretty much the entire way. I drove for about 45 minutes while he napped at one point. It got dark really early and while taking a small and dark road to get from one major highway to another, really thick fog started to roll in and we couldn’t see anything in front of us. At times the fog would roll out and back in. It was nerve racking to say the least. We decided to go ahead and find a place to stay. After one failed attempt to find a room at one Inn, we were sent to Punchbowl Inn. What!!!! I was suddenly in a dream! We were so excited to hear that this quaint inn had room for us. Before we could get out of our cars, everyone in the bar had come outside to warmly welcome us and give us a pint. It was an usually cold night for them and moisture on the ground looked like a layer of snow. So, it was nice to have a warm place to stay. Everyone was so friendly and we spent the evening learning about each other, learning about the history of Punchbowl Inn, Bobby played a few rounds of pool, and Luther made his first English working doggie friend, Dartanian (best dog name ever), who he wrestled with for about a half hour inside the pub.
After a good night sleep, I looked out the window to see the most magical sight. A beautiful English town, frosty grass… in the daylight. Here are some more pictures from our morning at Punchbowl.
Although we were in love with Askham, we had to continue on and get to Aberdeen before the end of the night. On our way out, we realized really how charming Askham is now that we had daylight! We drove by some of the oldest churches and buildings I’ve ever seen, and the backside of a castle. Also, the sheep didn’t have a fence, so we had to be careful to let them cross the road as we left town.
We can’t wait to go back to the Lake District and explore more.