Favorite moments of Week 2

As you heard from Rob, we took an amazing hike yesterday through what is arguably the most spectacular section of Hadrian’s Wall. We had perfect weather–sun, warmth and a light breeze. Everyone faced some serious challenges (hills and cliffs!) and made it through in one piece. Here are my favorite moments of week 2, most of them from this amazing day.

We started the hike at Cawfields Milecastle where the wall abruptly falls off into a modern quarry. Everyone is standing at the highpoint where the wall turns right and then ends at a cliff.
We started the hike at Cawfields Milecastle where the wall abruptly falls off into a modern quarry. Everyone is standing at the highpoint where the wall turns right and then ends at a cliff.
There's an OS (ordnance survey) marker at the highest elevation on the Wall. This makes a great place for a snack and water...and for Western Girl to make her appearance. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Western Girl! (aka Nikki)
There’s an OS (ordnance survey) marker at the highest elevation on the Wall. This makes a great place for a snack and water…and for Western Girl to make her appearance. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Western Girl! (aka Nikki)
This is becoming a recurrent image. Those of you that followed last year (or have seen the VFS banner in the Classics Dept.!) will recognize this iconic spot at Steel Rigg, where the wall falls precipitously down to a turret (tower) in the gap.
This is becoming a recurring image. Those of you that followed last year (or have seen the VFS banner in the Classics Dept.!) will recognize this iconic spot at Steel Rigg, where the wall falls precipitously down to a turret (tower) in the gap.
There are different widths along Hadrian's Wall, sometimes 10 feet wide at its thickest and down to 8 feet or less at its narrowest. Here Dan (6 foot 2) and Sarah (5 foot 8) measure the wall at this point. I'd say...about 7.5 feet wide here. Very precise!
There are different widths along Hadrian’s Wall, sometimes 10 feet wide at its thickest and down to 8 feet or less at its narrowest. Here Dan (6 foot 2) and Sarah (5 foot 8) measure the wall at this point. I’d say…about 7.5 feet wide here. Very precise! (Alex is working hard, as you can see 😉
One of the best views along the wall is when you come up and over a crag and voila! there's a perfectly preserved milecastle in front of you. The crew are reclining inside the barrack rooms in the structure.
One of the best views along the wall is when you come up and over a crag and voila! there’s a perfectly preserved milecastle in front of you. The crew are reclining inside the barrack rooms in the structure.
As we approached Housesteads, if we look back about 2 miles (as the crow flies) to the south you can see Vindolanda (and even our trench in the north field!). Rob is holding it in his hand to help you see the site off in the distance.
As we approached Housesteads, if we look back about 2 miles (as the crow flies) to the south you can see Vindolanda (and even our trench in the north field!). Rob is holding it in his hand to help you see the site off in the distance.

4 thoughts on “Favorite moments of Week 2

  1. Hello Everyone @ Vindolanda. I’m so glad your internet is back! I have been reading all of last years posts while I have been waiting for your updates. I am incredibly envious of the amazing hikes you have been on and the great museum visits you have made! My next trip to the UK will definitly include some of the activities you have been participating in. Please keep snapping photos and giving information packed blogs…can’t wait to see what the weeks ahead hold!

  2. Hello All – like the ‘hand-framed’ view of Vindolanda from the wall, it now puts the site in much better context for me. Couldn’t help but think of Prokrustes’ bed when I saw Sarah and Dan laid out on the wall, Dan would have gotten the worst out of the deal if it were!

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