Hiram College

Written by Jessica Krulic ’17

This blog post is written in response to Krulic’s spring 3-week trip to the United Kingdom led by Professors Rick Hyde and Paul Gaffney.

My favorite place that we visited was Wilderhope, England. It was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. I was happy that we got to stay here for a few nights. Wilderhope is in the middle of nowhere. It is surrounded by fields, mountains, and woods. I felt so much at home here because I live on a farm in the middle of nowhere and love being in the country. There were also fields of sheep everywhere. I have never seen so many sheep in my life before.  They are everywhere! You would look around and see patches of green and then patches of yellow flowers. The yellow flowers are fields of canola used to make canola oil. They were so pretty and something that I haven’t seen back home.

Upon arrival and getting settled in, Professors Hyde and Gaffney took us on a hike. It wasn’t just a normal hike. It was a silent hike where no one could talk. The objective was to be silent so we could take in the beauty of the environment we are in, could be able to hear nature around us, and could see everything without being distracted by talking to others. At first I thought our group would struggle with being silent since they like to talk and can be loud at times, but I was surprised when everyone was able to be silent and enjoy our hike.

We related this location to the “green world” from the play As You Like It by William Shakespeare. The green world is where people from the court world left to escape and experience freedom in the green world. In the green world, they were able to be whoever they wanted to be and free to do whatever they wish to do. I am glad Wilderhope was our green world, because I could see myself going to a place like this in order to feel free and away from others. It helped to make the green world we read about be more realistic since we were in the wilderness at Wilderhope. We had to remember that being in the green world was not always a safe and happy place. Danger was always lurking. Whether it was the weather conditions, or predators such as a snake or lion. We were lucky enough not to experience any predators and had really nice weather conditions while at Wilderhope.

I would enjoy being able to go back to this place. I truly enjoy seeing the beautiful landscapes, the fields of yellow flowers, the vivid greens of the grass, and the trees. I’ve never climbed mountains before but was given the opportunity and the view was incredible. I felt on top of the world and that I could see everything. When sleeping, I could hear the sheep. I could not hear any cars, but just the sounds of nature and it was so peaceful. I felt free and at home here. I could wake up every morning and never get tired of the view around me. All of this is what made Wilderhope my favorite place on our journey throughout the United Kingdom.