So I came back yesterday from the first trips to Wales that I have this year. This one was certainly one to remember to say the least.
My last time I went on holiday with my dad and step mum was when we went to New York a few years ago. My dad asked if I was up to do another holiday with him. I express concerns that I had as the travelling took a toll on me. He suggested that we could go to Conwy and do some paddle boarding in the area, to which I was very much up for as I really wanted to start and take my paddle board elsewhere. He even suggested that I could bring a friend. I didn’t really know who to ask at first but then I thought well maybe I’ll ask my bestie and see what she says. She said that she needed to come out of her comfort shell and said yes. The last time we went away together was when we were at school, so for us this was a massive treat, considering that my dad and step-mum were the ones that were paying for everything. There is a massive combination of excitement and anxiety when it comes to holidays, this is usually routine for me, and I’m sure it was the same for my bestie. The hardest thing was to figure out what to do. Nothing was booked, which worried me because I always like a plan. We knew we would be doing alot of paddle boarding which was the whole point of the holiday but then it’s what do to the rest of the time. They tasked us to figure out what we could do in the mornings then we would do the paddle boarding in the afternoon. I have been going to Wales quite alot these past few years and it was hard to think of things that we haven’t done.
We stayed over night at my dads house the day before and then traveled the next day. It only took us an hour to get there, me and bestie was squashed in the back with all the bags. I think if the journey had have been longer then we would have struggled. The house that we stayed was in Deganwy, just outside of Conwy and it was lovely. We got views of the beach and the hills which you think you were in a completely different place. That evening we took a stroll on the coastal road to get familiar with the area. It was very quiet, but then we are there during the week so it would be. The first day we went to Conwy castle. I do think that it is rather expensive when you only need a couple of hours there. That being said, we also walk among the wall which was quite hard work considering how underfit I am currently! I think it’s fair to say that we packed the paddle boarding in quite well. We first tried it at Penrhyn beach, I never been to get my board out out where I live before let alone a beach. The massive downside is the sand and distance from where we are parked to get set up. Lesson learnt, don’t set up in sand, that gets everywhere and if not careful, makes it impossible to attach the fins onto the board. Boarding on the sea was a good experience. I do think we came at the wrong time though as the water got shallower every few minutes and were constantly fighting around trying not to hit the rocks. I probably would try it again but would need to work out the timings better. The next morning we visited Llandudno to look around the shops. It was quite useful for me to be there as I’m having a holiday next month so I could have a vague idea what’s around. I also bought two tops whilst I was out. That afternoon and the next day we ended up paddle boarding at Parc Padarn and it was by far the most amazing experience I’ve had since I took up paddle boarding. It’s a massive lake that is surrounded by hills, just behind Snowdonia. It was a very popular place as there were alot of kids hanging out there, playing in the waters, aswell as people having lessons in rafting. Taking my board out there was probably the most peaceful I have felt in such a long time. I do notice a difference in my mood when I’m on my board, in this case to have wonderful sights does help extend this delightful mood further. So much so that my right foot ended up having a massive cramp whilst I was out there, never been so scared in my life. Thankfully my bestie was with me and attached my board to hers so she could pull me back to the launching platform. Plus I got to have another go the next day with my dad which was nice.
I would absolutely do this again. I would definitely love to go back to Parc Padarn and try and go further. Plus you can also swim there so I can bring my full body suit next time. I didn’t want to leave but I am back to quite soon so certainly have something else to look forward to. Hopefully I can get my board out onto the beach there then?
Just be you, Sarah x