depart England's Lake District
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In the morning, I checked out of the hostel and embarked on the five-mile hike to the train station. From the road, I could see Ray Castle sitting on the mountainside across Lake Windermere, but I would have to rely on memory to record the image since it was too distant to show well in photos and I was running low on film.
Half way to the station, I detoured to the Lake District Visitors Centre at Brockhole where I found an inexpensive boat tour of the lake and bought a ticket. To pass the time until the tour, I took a hike through the woods and strolled around the footpath through the garden. It was autumn and no plants were flowering so the range of hues was limited and some of the hedges were in need of pruning. The arrangement of landscaping, however, was pleasing and the evergreens were still lively.
Waves spilling onto the shore produced soft, rhythmic sounds as I approached the dock. I boarded the Queen of the Lake Traditional Launch for the earliest tour at 11:10am and we motored out onto the water. We cruised by the hostel for a look back from the water’s perspective and passed Ray Castle, but still not close enough to expend a frame. The appeal of this English lake is similar to that of Lake George or Lake Winnipesaukee with calm waters, a meandering coast, and forested hills, with the addition here of a more mountainous background.
I resumed my hike, exercising my thumb as I lumbered uphill along the curb, sweating under my heavy pack. About a kilometer shy of my destination, a motorist pulled over to give me a lift to the station. On the platform, I shared a bench with one girl from Manchester and another from Australia. Together, we rode into Oxenhome laughing about our linguistic differences.