Running up and down hills turns out to be fun

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I've never been that keen on the outdoors. What, with it not having a roof or air conditioning. 

However, on the basis of this trip I'm having to modify this opinion a bit. I think you have to choose your outdoors carefully, and be lucky with the weather, but we've done a couple of walks that I've really enjoyed. I'm not quite at the point of buying an Ordnance Survey map and a pair of waterproof trousers yet, but I'm thinking about it. 

Snowhome

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When we had our awful struggle to get to the airport a couple of weeks ago one of the things that sustained me was the knowledge that at least it wouldn't be this bad on the way back. 

Ha.

Turns out that Mother Nature (tm) had arranged another show of strength just as we got back into the country, with lots of thick snow and the prospect of blocked motorways. 

Fortunately, with jetlag you don't let such trifling things as icy roads worry you. All you want to do is sleep. So we got a train and a taxi back to our snowbound car, loaded it up and shot onto the M62 before fate noticed. And we got home just fine. 

We've had a lovely time away. All the better for not having to be at home. 

Isle of Man Royal Manx Show

So, today we went to the Isle of Man Royal Manx Show. Wonderful. Rather like the Traction Engine rally of last week, but with more cows. We didn't expect to stay all day, but a combination of good weather and plenty of things to see took us all the way to the Grand Parade at the end. They had dog agility, pony club express, bright blue sheep (and a Bo Peep to go with them). They probably had a kitchen sink somewhere too. And very probably it was beautifully decorated. 

One of the highlights was the Stampede Stunt Company.  They did a fantastic routine showing us the "Way of the Cossack Warrior". Which apparently is all about the Dzhigits of the Cossack people. The pronunciation of which for some reason had me thinking of this video. Anyhoo, they were awesome. Of course I had a camera with me. Of course I took some pictures. 

Impressive

Impressive

Most impressive

Most impressive

Now you're just showing off...

Now you're just showing off...

San Francisco City Centre

If I'd moved a tiny bit to the right this picture would be completely perfect......

If I'd moved a tiny bit to the right this picture would be completely perfect......

Today we got on the bus and headed to the centre of San Francisco. I really like the way that the city has a proper centre, with lots of shops and other good stuff. The weather was very kind to us (especially by the standards of San Francisco), and so I took a bunch of photographs. As you do.

We went on a boat trip round the bay

We went on a boat trip round the bay

The pier and the skyline looking good

The pier and the skyline looking good

"That" bridge

"That" bridge

First Day in San Francisco

The kind of thing you find in the trees around here...

The kind of thing you find in the trees around here...

It occurs to me that perhaps people don't care about what I do on my holidays. But please remember, dear reader, that I write this blog for me........

We slept very well and headed out first thing for breakfast. The place we are staying is right near the Golden Gate Park which is really lovely.

Conservatory of Flowers - we'll go here later in the week when it is open

Conservatory of Flowers - we'll go here later in the week when it is open

They have this great little boating lake

They have this great little boating lake

We had a good wander round and then staggered back to the flat when the jetlag kicked in....

Holiday Start

Our ride...

Our ride...

Big day today. In more ways than one. It's the start of the holiday (yay!) and it will also be around 8 hours longer than usual thanks to time zones etc. We got off to an early start  which turned out not to be necessary as our flight out of the UK was delayed. But thanks to the magic of computers we were automatically routed onto a later connecting flight and the journey was smooth enough. Particularly when those awfully nice Delta people moved me into a seat with actual legroom.

We are presently in San Francisco, looking for some flowers to put in our hair. Or something.