This day was by far our easiest and shortest, but also a very fun day.
We got a very late start in the morning because we knew it was a short day: we had breakfast at eight thirty and were on the road by...nine thirty? Or maybe later? The Australians were staying at the same B&B and we chatted with them briefly over breakfast. They had taken a wrong turn as they were coming into Shap and kept going--so they didn't get in to the B&B until nine thirty the previous night!
To my delight, a stone circleWe reached Orton by 1:40 already, and unlike some of the other isolated places we stayed, this was a very good thing, because there was lots to see in the town. It was Sunday and there were lots of tourists wandering around. We walked by the church right away and noticed that they were having some kind of exhibition. It turned out to be an International Festival, put on by the schools, where students researched and created presentations on different countries, all of which were displayed in the church. We toured the exhibits (the one on Canada was lacking, I'm afraid) and talked to some very friendly people in the church about our hike and about Canada. There was, in conjunction with these exhibits, a scarecrow competition going on through town, which we were given judging forms for.
We dropped our bags off at the Hotel, who kindly let us into our room early. Then we headed over to the chocolate factory (if you didn't already know it, we both love dark chocolate). We had hot chocolate made with shaved chocolate, and scones. Our cups came with little chocolates on the side. We also bought a big bar of dark chocolate. We have discovered that pure chocolate is a great energy provider when hiking. We keep a bar in our backpacks all the time when we're hiking and stop every hour or so for a chocolate break. When it's good high cocoa percentage dark chocolate, it's actually quite good for you--or so we tell ourselves. ;)
It was so good, we forgot to take a picture before we started drinking.
So many tasty varieties
So many tasty varieties
After our chocolate break we went out into the town to judge the scarecrows. Some of them were quite ingenius, including an astronaut scarecrow with Apollo 18 flying to the moon (the scarecrow's name was Gordon Brown: a bit of a political statement). :)