Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Driving

We woke up this morning and walked down to catch the ferry back to the mainland. This is the beautiful sight we were greeted with:

One of our goals for this trip was to not spend too much time in the car jumping from one place to the next. But we also knew our day after the Aran Islands was going to be our longest day of driving. I settled into the driver's seat after getting off the ferry and we made our way down south to Dingle.

First was a stop, of course, to the Cliffs of Moher. I will admit driving by Doolin and not stopping in was a little torturous. But if we wanted to make decent time getting to our destination, there wasn't time for multiple stops. The Cliffs are never an old sight. This is my fourth trip to Ireland and my fourth trip to the Cliffs. It was a beautiful day and nowhere near as windy as it was during last year's visit.

I think my most memorable visit, however, was with Kara. We had driven all the way across the country to see the Cliffs and when we walked up, they were completely fogged in. You could barely see a few feet in front of you. The innkeeeper where we stayed in Doolin that night told us that fog can settle in for months at a time and not to hold our breath. Luckily, when we went back the next morning, it was a very very clear day.

Katie and I joked multiple times about how funny/crazy it was that we were going to see Dad in Ireland before we made it to New Hampshire to see him. During last year's visit we scattered some of his ashes off the edge of the cliff, so it was a special visit once again.

Here are a couple of photos taken earlier today at the Cliffs of Moher:

After the Cliffs we continued on down the coast towards Lahinch- also a place I've been to at least three times before. This time there were surfers in the water which, of course, reminded me of Steve:

From Lahinch we continued down to Dingle. During last year's trip we weren't able to stop as frequently as I had hoped to take pictures. It was so, so green and I wanted so desperately to capture how green it was. This time around I pulled over a few times and caught some very vivid pictures:

After some rest and catching up on the internet, we went into Dingle for dinner. It was another early night, but Katie and I are determined to get up early and get in a good walk before we do a little more exploring of Dingle and head down to Baltimore.

PS- The B&B we're staying at, Heaton's is great. Very cozy, clean and comfortable.


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