It was a great time. I loved England though it's super expensive. Take American prices and double them and you've pretty much got England.
The big drama of the trip was that Delta Airlines lost my backpack (or "rucksack" in the Queen's Englis) for four days. The person at the counter when I was checking in mistakenly put the luggage tag for the girl next to me in line on my bag. So my backpack ended up in Moline, IL. I had my camera and credit cards on me and I was already wearing hiking clothes so I just did without for a few days. I can now say that I have been an ultra-ultra light hiker.
The English have a great way of hiking- I think you could call it civilized. They take short hikes between hostels so that they can have hot meals at the beginning and end of the day as well as warm, dry accomodations. They really know how to rough it!
We hiked about sixty miles total cross country. Sheep were everywhere. They're kind of like weeds- you stop noticing them after a while.
On day two I invested $20 on my own map and waterproof map case. After following other people with maps and getting lost with them on day one I had had it. England taught me to truly appreciate the navigation skills I acquired as a boy scout. Though the English Ordinance Survey maps are so good that you don't need much skills-wise to follow them.
Highlights: I saw the ruins (foundation mostly) of a Roman Fort from about 1800 years ago. That was very cool. I also saw a stone circle from about 1000 bc. That was amazing. I bet I have blood in my veins from people who gathered there.
I visited a church in one town but left after I found out it was only built in the 1800's. That would be a historic church if it were in the states but not in England. I wouldn't look at anything that wasn't at least 400 years old.
Here are some choice pictures from the trip.
February 29-March 10, 2008