Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great Adventures III- It's on to Durdle Door

I have to get moving on sharing our most recent travel adventures, or they will quickly be OUTDATED! 

After we saw Corfe Castle, we drove to a most picturesque place called, "Durdle Door". It is part of the "Jurassic Coast" down in southwest England from Dorset to East Devon. The Jurassic coast is made up of 95 miles of beaches, sheer white cliffs, and stunning rock formations and one place in particular is the place we chose to visit...Durdle Door. Funny name, huh? The funny thing is that I told my friend, Sarah, that under no circumstances can she "Google" this place before she came because it was a surprise.

I'm not sure if it was more surprising that it was not an actual door or that it was a very long, arduous walk to actually see it. It was breathtakingly beautiful and worth every complaint about the difficulty of getting to our final destination. 

Walk along with us and take a peek... 

We parked here and had to walk all the way up there and down over the hill...

My hubby and the kids were taking the first steps to what was a 2 km walk. It really felt longer than that.

Check out Lulworth Cove. We took the picture as we reached a high point on the way to Durdle Door. Isn't it beautiful? 

Melanie is looking a little hot and tired. They stopped so I can take a picture, but we all stopped to pace ourselves along the way. Our car is waaay down there.

Shawn taking a breather.

Pretty views.

We're almost there...

Our first glimpse of what we came to see. Isn't that cool?

We had to walk down these semi-scary steps to be at eye-level with it.

You wanna piece o' me?

I'm just happy to be here.

Sarah was taking pictures for us.

The water was ice cold, but fun to tiptoe in. The rocks, not sand, beneath our feet was really  hard to walk on. We must be wimps.

Okay, everybody, take your shoes off.

Roll up those jeans.

Austin loves to skip stones, but it looks like he had a handful of rocks that time.

Sydney was extremely happy to have gotten there, though you wouldn't know it by the look on her face. Her cheeks were flush.

Taking a little break. Braaten didn't enjoy the journey, but loved the view.

Hey, this one would be a great Christmas picture. Don't you think?

Shawn and I

What a great place to see. We loved it. Thanks Joyce for recommending it to us. I hope it didn't sound too whiny about the journey to get there. I truly loved it.


Joyce said...

You definitely don't sound too whiny : ) Let me just say that while it looks like a strenuous hike up (and down) in your pictures I totally agree that the reality was even tougher! Glad you all made it-I can relate to the removing of jackets and the red faces.

We couldn't believe some of the people we saw on our hike up including a woman in dangerously high heels and a man pulling a wagon.

I love your new photo header-are you in London there?

The Lehman's said...

Hey Carol--love all the pictures they are beautiful. About the video it is time for me to fess up all of our creative video work is done by our oldest son Landon. He has about 6 or 7 videos on Tangle (type in Ubby to see them) I will ask him and have him give you some tips. I am very pleased that you think that I could do that. Thank you. It is only 8 am here and he just left for school but I will talk to him when he gets home and let you know what he says!

He And Me + 3 said...

Gorgeous pictures...I love it when you take your camera on walks with you so we can see the beauty you behold each day. That was a great adventure for sure. What a walk.

Anonymous said...

The pictures are amazing and yes it would be a great Christmas card pictures but with as good looking as you all are I'm sure there will be lots more to pick from before Christmas comes!! :) Love you and miss you lots.


Lois Lane II said...

How super cool!!! I definitely think that pic of all of you should be your Christmas card one! =)

Thank you for sharing those pics! They are wonderful!

E @ Scottsville said...

Love the family picture in front of the water. Great shot!

I have GOT to get to traveling more. Someday...


The Lehman's said...

My mom said you need help uploading videos. On tangle, you have to make an accout, then the rest is pretty much self explanatory. I'm not sure what the problem is you are having with uploading to Blogger. However, if you need help with Tangle I could help.


Rachel said...

Gorgeous!!! The shorelines remind me of the six weeks I spent in Cyprus when I was 16. Your kids are going to remember this year for the rest of their lives!!!

Pam said...

WOW!! It didn't take too much imagination for me to hear the sounds of children (and the ones i know i would make) walking at an incline like that that far!! what a bunch of troopers!! and what a reward at the end!! WOW!! so cool!

DarcyLee said...

What breath-taking views! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with us.

Lisa said...

It has been a long time since I have been moved by a picture. These are beautiful! May I ask what kind of camera?