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Tor Surfing

For 8 days in August my son, Rogan, and I went on a road-trip. Not a road-trip in the full American sense of the word – quite simply Britain isn’t big enough for those 3,000-mile coast-to-coast journeys that populate US literature and movies. However, our journey down to Devon, across to Wiltshire, up to Chesterfield and back to Scotland did cover 1,122 miles, so in British terms was reasonably respectable.

Primarily it was a chance to catch up with family, including several relatives Rogan had never met before where we couldn’t work out if they were 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, or 1st cousins once removed. I’ve tried googling how these relationships are categorised, but there appears to be conflicting information about it.

We also managed not just a visit, but a photo shoot with blogging royalty. More of that in my next post, although some might already know, or guess, who and will no doubt be able to read her version of our encounter in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the title of this post refers to the large granite outcrops known as tors, which sit at the highest points across Dartmoor. They are always fun to climb up and clamber over, although the wind is usually pretty strong on top as there is no shelter from it in any direction.

As we stood at the top of Haytor (the name being a derivative of high tor), wondering if a sudden strong gust would throw us over the edge, Rogan started leaning into the wind, moving his body and arms through the air as it rushed around us. He was creating some great shapes so I took some photos, then handed the camera to him while I had a go.

Much fun and hilarity ensued.

As always you can click on the images for larger versions.

Rogan gets down with the groove

I suddenly realise I'm being photographed from side on and quickly suck in my belly

And I've just realised while we were away, this blog became 7 years old! If you want read what I've written about previous blogiversaries, you an find them here: 6th, 5th, 3rd and 2nd


debra said...

So glad you had the opportunity to share the journey with your sun. (o)

Guyana-Gyal said...

It's so cool, father and son relating in such a positive way.

Wow. Was the wind that strong? Being small in size, I'd be scared it would blow me over, but I'd want to have a go! It seemed like funnnn.

Ha, I know where you were. I want to hear both versions.

7 years! Don't stop blogging. I don't know why, I feel a bit sad when people quit blogging.

Now that you mention it, my blog turned 7 on Jan. too, ohhh shucks!

Carole said...

Love the pics. I must say Rogan has quite a good grasp on Tor Surfing. You on the other hand, just look like you are trying to Tor Surf. But still looks fun and what a great trip. Impressive.

Kim Ayres said...

Debra - and my son - although we did have a rare bit of sun for the first 3 days of our trip :)

GG - it was blowing quite strong - would have been great for kite flying, but no real danger of flying off yourself :)

I know what you mean about people stopping - it's a bit like a friend moving away but not leaving a forwarding address.

And congratulations on your 7 years and 7 months blog anniversary!

Carole - yup, you've got me sussed. I have all the body self-consciousness of a middle-aged man...

Pat said...

Super surfing from Rogan. Is yours perhaps a little more Tai Chi?

hope said...

Nice trip Dad!

And ironically, I was thinking, "Is Kim losing more weight?" when I saw that photo. ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 7 years Kim! Fantastic (it's my word of the month) wind shots! I think a road trip of well over a 1000 miles is a pretty decent achievement! I love that you and your son took it together!

TalesNTypos said...

You look like you're having fun. :-)

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - you could be on to something there :)

Hope - I was on my way back down with my weight, but I fear I may have put on several pounds while I was away. Almost every time we went out for a meal, or went to someone else's house for dinner, dessert was involved...

Theanne - It's not the first time we've done so, although the last one was over 3 years ago. You can read about it here and here :)

Adila - it was indeed fun - I'm very glad we did it :)

Anonymous said...

They are fun and got a smile from me :D! Given I've driven across the USA I think I'd prefer a road trip in the UK. Long drives become tiresome.

V said...

Fab photos Kim. Glad you had fun, Vx

Falak said...

Happy blogiversary!

It's always confusing figuring out if someone is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd cousin.

Amazing pictures :)

Jayne Martin said...

Seven years! That's quite an accomplishment. It's been fun to watch your twists and turns along the way, both in prose and in photos. Glad you had such a special time with Rogan.

Kim Ayres said...

Allan - but you never get movies about UK road trips :)

V - thank you :)

Falak - thank you :)

Jayne - I've heard it said you can measure the internet in doggy years - it moves about 7 times the rate of the rest of the world. A such, give it another few weeks and I'll have been blogging for the equivalent of half a century ;)

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