Brecon Beacons Weekend Travel (10/09-10/11) | 2015

It has been a really busy week, and midterms are finally over for me today, so I decided to continue on my long delayed blog posts even though I'm really tired from my 2 hour sleep last night. I went to Brecon Beacons four weeks ago with a few friends, and stayed over in a small lodge for two nights. This is where all the bed bug nightmare began for me, I tried getting a refund from Airbnb but my friend forgot to notify the host about the bed bug situation during our stay, so we had no solid proof to get a refund. The bed bug situation is way better now, or maybe my body is just immune to bites because I haven't been getting any new bites ever since buying the bed bug mattress cover! Anyways enough of going off topic, the first day we got there it was already pretty late so we just had some traditional welsh food and drove near a lake to see the night sky. The next day we drove up to the mountain ranges of Brecon Beacons to climb Pen y Fan, which was a 5 hour hike. Then we went home to play some monopoly and poker, and drove back home the following day. Pictures in this blog are taken with three different cameras: The higher quality ones from Shiyuan Wang's Nikon, and other ones from my cellphone and camera as usual. 

http://www.theecologist.org/

http://www.theecologist.org/

I didn't take these two pictures!  I just wanted to show what it would look like if the weather was good!

The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) is a mountain range in South Wales. In a narrow sense, the name refers to the range of Old Red Sandstone peaks popular with walkers which lie to the south of Brecon. Sometimes referred to as “the central Beacons” they include South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan. The range forms the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog), a designation which also encompasses ranges both to the east and the west of “the central Beacons”. This much wider area is also commonly referred to as “the Brecon Beacons”, and it includes the Black Mountains, Wales to the east as well as the Black Mountain (range) to the west. The highest peaks include Fan Brycheiniog to the west and Pen y Fan in the central part. They share the same basic geology as the central range, and so exhibit many similar features, such the north-facing escarpment and glacial features such as lakes and cwms below the escarpment. They all fall within the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brecon_Beacons
BMW still in perfect shape..

BMW still in perfect shape..

lense Glare

We drove a BMW...which was beautiful until my friend hit a small stone pot under the passengers door, causing the door to be permanently locked due to metal warping. Whoever sat in the passengers seat had to climb out the drivers seat to get on and off the car. Thank god for full insurance!

Bed Bug House

Bed Bug House

Bed Bug House

Bed Bug House

Stone pot that my friend hit the passenger door with

Stone pot that my friend hit the passenger door with

This is the airbnb place we stayed at with bed bugs... It was a truly traumatizing experience to wake up with  35 bites. One of my friends had about 75 bites after the trip. I'm so glad that we've not been getting any new bites for a week now(knock on wood). Good luck to whoever stays here afterwards... 

Castle near the bed bug house


PC Shiyuan Wang

PC Shiyuan Wang

PC Shiyuan Wang

PC Shiyuan Wang

PC Shiyuan Wang

PC Shiyuan Wang

We drove 30 minutes into the middle of no where after our first welsh meal. It was kind of scary driving up the mountain with no street lights and no body in front and behind us, but we managed to find this place next to the river to star watch for half an hour. 


Next morning we went on a small detour to a large pond before hiking to pen y fan with an empty stomach.

Lone mandarin duck - reminds me of wesley chiang's hair

Lone mandarin duck - reminds me of wesley chiang's hair

Lone donald duck

Lone donald duck

Boats near the camping site

Boats near the camping site

There is a nice camping site near this lake, which now in retrospect would be a much better option compared to staying in an airbnb house with bedbugs: costing way more money and less fun than camping at a lodge near the lake. Sorry about constantly bringing up the bed bugs, but whoever has had bed bugs before will know how hard it is to kill them and how many sleepless nights + nightmares you will experience. 


Our hiking trail illustrated in red

Our hiking trail illustrated in red

parking lot

parking lot

Write here...

Write here...

Dog rushing towards the camera

Dog rushing towards the camera

Some how it's just my luck or something, but every time I go out it seems to be super cloud;  we couldn't really see anything as we were hiking up the mountain. 

Views of the hike up the mountain

Panoramic view of the mountains which didn't last long before clouds covered the whole mountain again

Panoramic view of the mountains which didn't last long before clouds covered the whole mountain again

Inside the clouds

Inside the clouds

Guy in shorts

almost  near the apex 

almost  near the apex 

looking down from the top

looking down from the top

Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan

After about 2 and a half hours of hiking we finally made it to the top of Pen y Fan. Not many other picture to show because it was cloudy all the way up. My camera had some problems so the pictures became black and white near the tip of Pen Y Fen.


Cliffs near the top of Pen Y Fan

Descending from the appex

A small pond at the very bottom of our hike

A bunch of sheep everywhere, differentiated by different color tags on their bodies 

Last panoramic view

Last panoramic view

Shrooms

Shrooms

Dark Sheep  

Dark Sheep

 

Weird bending trees, and a lodge where the shepherds live 

A glimpse of the sunset we missed when we were waling back to our car

Lots of Sheep

Lots of Sheep

Last car in the parking lot

Last car in the parking lot

When we got back we were the last ones in the parking lot. We had welsh food again and went back to our bed bug house to play monopoly and poker for the rest of the night. It was a nice 5 hour hike, but I just wished the weather was nicer so we could see more of Wales on the peak of Pen y Fan. The climb wasn't that challenging, the only hard part was near the peak of the mountain which only lasted for about 5 minutes. Climbing up the mountain was cold and misty, I kind of enjoyed being inside the clouds because of the feeling that not many people were around you, but in reality there were a bunch of hikers that day. The local grandmas there also have really good driving  skills, it seems as if they drive up the mountains to hike every day. Anyways thank god my friend had full insurance for the car, or else it would been a 1500 pound damage charge on the car. That little dent near the passenger's seat required two different replacements for the door and bottom frame. I'm trying to trim down the amount of images I use per post. This post has 80 images which is already my least image heavy post so far. I guess I still have a lot to improve: to be more decisive when taking pictures and also when choosing images for this blog. Thanks a lot again to whoever finished reading this post!

 

 

Ian Liu

11/8/2015 2:40 AM