Adventure 2: Isle of Wight Weekend

Saturday, May 19, 2001

The Devon 21 was ready to roll. Mark had spent the night before stowing away bedding, pots and pans, while Dave had celebrated completing his graduation film. Bright and early they headed out of Bournemouth and along the bottom of the New Forrest to Lymington.
Due to the van’s height they were the first onto the ferry for the crossing to Yarmouth. It all went smoothly and very soon Dave and Mark were whizzing through the leafy countryside of The Isle of Wight. The sun broke through the cloud regularly as the lads followed the A3055 along the south-west coast. In the late afternoon they pulled into a small cliff-top camping field to set up for the night.

The Sunday dawned brighter as the Devon 21 headed east towards the popular south-east coast. The heat was considerable and sun-cream was applied. The boys explored Ventnor and Shanklin on foot, including the botanical gardens and the some sandy, pirate like, coves. Perfect for smuggling (or should that be snuggling?). As the aternoon grew long thoughts turned to pitching camp. After some effort they found a big site with lovely views over a grassy valley. They watched the sun go down and munched on their barbequed sausages and chicken, with a sip of wine.

The final day had come. Ryde was the first stop but didn’t impress because of the strong breeze and faded rustiness. Cowes was more pleasant but a litle too “classy”. In the afternoon Dave and Mark decided to get out into the countyside between Yarmouth and Cowes. It was lovely. The pictures show the Devon 21 parked by a small bridge over a tidal inlet near Newtown. The inlet teamed with birds and was so peaceful. Mark napped a little, while Dave took in the stillness and tranquility.

They didn’t want to go but it was time. The ferry carried the van back to the mainland and it set off back to Bournemouth. En route Dave and Mark cooked their tea on the cliffs over-looking the sea at Highcliffe. As the sun sank into the west they thought what a perfect adventure it had been.

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