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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Who Doesn't Love Free?

When we arrived home from our trip to the Middle East I was going through our enormous pile of post and pulled out something that looked like junk mail. It was an "invitation" through one of our credit cards for a "free" night at a Hyatt Regency here in northern California. I almost binned it and I was certain that "free" meant a 90 minute plus timeshare pitch. No thanks, no matter what they're offering.

When I read the fine print, it looked like nothing was required and it appears that Hyatt is targeting their marketing by offering a free night with no strings attached. Ok, so I'm still dubious, but we're going to take them up on their offer and I'll let you know how it transpires. We're bringing his highness, so of course "free" now means a $75 dog fee, I guess you can't get everything you want! For $75 they asked for the dog's name and I'm sure that guarantees he'll get at least 20 cents in dog biscuits at the front desk. However, like all labradors if you have a biscuit in your hand he doesn't care what you call him! 

The reservation agent informed me they do have a size limit on the dogs they allow and I confessed he's a labrador. They happily assured me they won't weigh the dog, but really - does he look under 40lbs!!?


Belletje said…
Wow that is a nice perk. Hope you had a nice and relaxing stay! Cute dog