The Dart River office was about 100 yards down the road from the lodge. They had waterproof coats for us which was nice.
|When the other 10 people showed up we loaded into a small bus and took a ride to a beech forest.|
It is part of a World Heritage site & was beautiful. There are 3 varieties of beeches, known of which are related to the North American beech trees. They are very slow growing, but the ones who manage to live several hundred years eventually become hollow inside. There was one that our guide told us was about 700 years old which we were able to stand up inside.
Our hosts were Florence & John Pine. They own a large farm where they raise sheep & deer which are really a small breed of elk. John gave us a tour in the back of his pickup which was fascinating.
When we returned to the house Florence had a yummy dinner of lamb chops, baked squash, parsnips, potatoes, & zucchini, and a fruity custard for dessert. After dinner we stayed up with Florence & John and watched the royal wedding.