Another fabulous thing that Jane and I have in common is that we both love a good road trip. This was true when Jane came to visit me here in Cascadia decades ago. She and I drove out the Olympic Peninsula and up to Vancouver, British Columbia. Fortunately, Jason and Jane's new husband, Steve, are also nomadic types. So during our visit to England, the four of us were lucky enough to enjoy a couple of road trips together. One trip we took was to the Peak District National Park, East of Manchester. The stunning peaks that we saw as we entered the park were where a scene from one of my favorite movies, "The Princess Bride," was filmed.
Out of time for more stops, we toured what more of the park we could by car. There were lovely fields and some dark, dense stands of forest that reminded me of Cascadia. The curvy park roads were similar to national park roads in the United States too. We dropped the youngest of our party off with his grandparents before going to one more historic locale: Dobcross Village. To be honest, we went here to visit an 18th century pub, The Swan. But the village was charming. We had great beer and a lot of fun at the phone booth on the patio of the pub.