Day 10 – The Jurassic Coast


It’s called the Jurassic Coast because it’s been a hotbed for fossil finding, and I was lucky enough to find a few fossils along the way! At least I think they were fossils. So for our grand finale, here are the shots from the most breathtaking hike of my life. The colors were so vibrant. The hills were so steep. The chase was so real.

We had a series of busses to catch, and if we missed that first bus, we missed our nonrefundable flight home. Thankfully my memory card was already full. I had been frantically deleting pictures to free up a little space for snapshots of the hike, so my capacity was really limited. Otherwise, I’m sure there would have been hundreds of pictures and we would have missed our bus for sure.

Not long after Lulworth Cove, E started fussing and I said we might need to stop and let her out for a while. M said we’ll break at the top of the hill, so I fed her a few morsels of bread to tie her over.  By the time we got to the top of the hill she was asleep.  So we moved right along! We skipped the picnic lunch that we packed and just kept going. Hill after hill.

It was much steeper than we were expecting. Just up and down rolling hills over sharp white cliffs. Stop for a photo op at the Durdle Door. More up and down. Stop and say hi to the sheep.  Every once in a while I would stop and call out, “Don’t forget to look behind you!” because it was just as beautiful in front as it was behind. 

We were really racing at the end to get to the bus stop, and we made it with 15 minutes to spare! So we had a sandwich and headed back to town, and then took the train to London.

But fate wouldn’t let us make it to the airport quite so smoothly.  We waited on the corner for the EasyBus to take us to Gatwick, and when it pulled up the driver said we couldn’t take a baby without a car seat. We argued and argued, saying we’ve looked up the law and it’s not required on a bus in England. We said we’ve been on half a dozen busses with her and no one batted an eye. We said we even took her the EasyBus two weeks ago and no one cared.  But he wouldn’t have it. No bus ride. No refund.

We turned around and bought some train tickets. The train is much more expensive, but it’s also faster, so we took advantage of the situation and lingered in London for a few more minutes.  We had a bite to eat at the base of London Eye, snapped a couple more pictures, and finally breathed a sigh of relief when we made it to our hotel. Yeah, seriously, we slept in a hotel one night. Of course we made sure it was one with a full English breakfast before our early morning flight back to Calgary, where  Stampede was in full swing.

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  1. #1 by Rachel Lambourne on November 3, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Ooh, the Jurassic coast is on our bucket list! Extra incentive to go now, seeing how gorgeous it is there.

    That is madness about the bus. You were absolutely right that the law is on your side. He was out of line. In your shoes I would (have Collin) complain to the company and insist they refund your bus tickets, if not the price of the train as well for the inconvenience. Of course, with British customer service being what it is there’s fat chance of it! But maybe worth the official complaint logged anyway. Sorry that was a pain for you at the end of the trip but I admire you taking making lemonade out of the circumstances!

    • #2 by xivonne on November 3, 2014 - 4:12 pm

      Ha ha! Well the tickets only cost like £1 each so we decided to just move on and not let it ruin our day. I hope you do go to the Jurrassic Coast. The one part we missed was the Lulworth Castle, but if I could do it again, I would try to squeeze that in

  2. #3 by Elise Christina Zvirzdin on November 9, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    What fantastic photos and experiences!! I love the chaos of traveling! You guys are the best 🙂

    • #4 by xivonne on November 10, 2014 - 12:06 am

      Thanks, Elise!

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