Barmouth, Wales

Trip Start Jun 17, 2013
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Trip End Jun 29, 2013


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

We went to Barmouth because we know Charles Darwin went there with Sedgwick while an undergraduate at Cambridge. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is named for him and is at Cambridge. Sedgwick built on Charles' love of geology and turned him from a rock collector into a scientifically trained geologist. He used these skills to great advantage on the Beagle.

Darwin and Fanny went to the Welsh coast together, and this would have been the logical place for them to go. It is due west from Shrewsbury and The Woodhouse.

Because of wifi issues, this is the third time I have written this in as many days. I hope I can do a good job again. I have been bragging on Jan as a driver, but that is not the most important thing she has been doing. She has in effect turned into my "producer," which is something she knows how to do as a Creative Director. She does all the detailed mapping of the drive so I can use our new atlas to navigate for her. She switched some days and locations I had around to make much better sense now that we have a feel for the place. I didn't have to do hardly any of that once we got here.

She has a great eye for pictures, and notices things that my "Darwin-centric worldview" miss. About the only thing I see are scenery, Darwin-aged buildings, and birds (and I have sworn off birding for the trip). She takes great pictures of me (this one is staged with her camera) so I can thank Fund for Teachers for sending me here!

All the things she did left me time to blog, and then reblog what this app. deleted over and over again.
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