Road Trip To Stonehenge
Road Trip To Stonehenge
Unexpected trips are always the best. One moment you are bored out of your mind, the other you are in a car driving to see something new. That happened to me when I went on a road trip to Stonehenge.
My housemates and I were sitting at the table in our kitchen. The kitchen was the only communal division of the house so this was our gathering point, usually there was always one of us cooking and the rest just hanging out. This particular day we were all bored and had no idea what to do. None of us felt like going to the pub or the park, neither did we want to stay at home.
“We should go somewhere new.” Said one
“Yeah, I always wanted to go to Stonehenge, but is so far away…” Said another
“Well… I have a car, let’s go!” I said.
The trip was set. I was curious about Stonehenge because another friend of ours had mentioned in the past that it was not worth going, that it is nothing special, it is expensive and that you could see it from the motorway for free anyway. I thought that with over 800,000 visitors per year, surely there must be something special about Stonehenge.
We hopped in the car, made a quick stop to buy some snacks and drinks, then drove towards Stonehenge. While driving on the motorway we passed a sign indicating Legoland and promised to visit it in the future.
We knew we were close when we could see the Stonehenge from the motorway. Even from afar it looked great, standing tall surrounded by all that green grass. After two and half hours driving, seeing it from the motorway wouldn’t be enough, we had to get closer. Taking the exit indicating Stonehenge we found ourselves lost on a gravel path in the middle of nothing, even the satnav was telling us to make a U-turn.
The road was small and there was barely any space to turn back so we kept on going until we could do it, a good thing, because after a few more minutes driving we were rewarded with the sight of the rocks of Stonehenge in the distance. Great, we weren’t lost after all!
Stonehenge is an amazing construction. It’s impressive how someone was able to carry these huge stones, some which traveled over 150 miles. The full purpose of Stonehenge is still shrouded in mystery, but there are plenty of theories about it. Some people say it was a druid temple, others that it served as an early observatory, there are some, who believe that it was built by either Merlin or Aliens.
Unfortunately, Stonehenge felt really short. We had come all this way to see it and left feeling that we had just paid 14 pounds per ticket for a 30-minute walk around the monument and 20 of those 30 minutes were spent taking pictures.
Since we still had all of our food and drinks, we headed towards the surrounding fields to make a picnic. The day was warm and the sun was shining. That moment there, sitting down on the ground with the smell of dry grass all around us while eating tasty snacks amongst friends made the trip all worth it.