I think that my favourite vacation that we went on in the UK was the canal boat. It took a very long time to get there, but it was absolutely worth it. When we finally got to the “boatyard”, it turned out to be a very fun place. The boats were all tethered up and surrounded by U-shaped boardwalk. There was a little room next to the offices with tea and cookies, and a shelf full of movies that people could take on their boats for the DVD player. There was also a company dog. A very large dog, with thick curly golden fur. He was very friendly.
Once we got situated on the boat, an employee came aboard to give Mom and Dad a boating lesson. After a little while, he jumped off the boat onto the bank, and we were off on our own.
The boat was amazing. There were three normal beds, and one in the dining room that converted into a table for eating. A tiny kitchen, a front and back deck, and two bathrooms completed the boat.
On day three, we tried to do some “wild swimming” in the river Usk (pronounced Oo-sk). Wild swimming means swimming directly in a body of water, e.g. a river, lake, pond, etc. Our first try didn’t go well, because the current was so fierce. Dad was very worried that one of us would trip, hit our head on a rock, and get swept downstream.
Also on day three, we headed off the boat to a little town called Crickhowell to get lunch and souvenirs. It took a while to get from the canal to the main road.
We stopped for lunch at The Dragon Inn, which had very good food and a nice patio courtyard.
One of my favourite stores that we went into was called Natural Weigh. It was a zero waste store, where you could buy flour, nuts, coffee beans, and other dry goods. You would bring your own container or buy a paper bag and measure out the foods into it, without any plastic wraps or bags.
After lunch and shopping we tried wild swimming again, at a calmer place on the river. This time it went better.