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Ireland Day 5.

Today, we began our road trip. We left from Dublin and headed to Dingle.

We stopped along the way in Adare because Uncle Leo told us to. It had a beautiful river and castle right in the middle of the village. I couldn’t help but to look in the water and see if I could find some trout swimming along. I couldn’t.Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 9.12.07 PMAt least the weather was great!Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 9.10.56 PM

Driving to the left, we avoided collisions and arrived at Dingle’s First Cottage. We stumbled into this amazing B&B and it couldn’t have been better.

This was our view.  Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 9.11.07 PM

Along the way, Amanda picked up a book about Irish wildlife.

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Ireland Day 4.

We were still feeling the effects of jet lag and it was tough to get up from the breakfast table. With all of those excuses, it was impressive that we made it into town at all.

That being said, we made our way to a few tasting spots. Maybe you have heard of Guinness and Jameson?

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Inside, during the tour.Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.50.21 PMJust another pint. This one at the top of Guinness’ Gravity Bar.
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Jameson shows how much whiskey disappears year after year of being in their barrels.Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 1.50.43 PM

We ran around Dublin, quickly passing through Temple Bar, and getting out of Penneys before the sun went down. We made it back to the south side of the Liffey and headed for home on the DART.


Ireland Day 2.

Waking up late and looking for an excuse to stay awake, we decided to go for a walk. The weather started out raining as expected and we took off around Howth. There is a well marked trail along the cliffs and it was only crowded closest to the village.

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We stopped for lunch at the Summit Inn, an old staple of my time spent in Ireland. Amanda had a pint of Guinness with every meal for the first few days.Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.34.09 AM

We tried to take shortcuts, but all of the doors seemed to be locked. I just wanted to get on the horses behind this wall and have them walk me the rest of the way home.Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.34.55 AM

We crossed a couple of golf courses. The walking in Ireland is very accessible. They are really encouraging getting people out and moving.
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A typical muddy Irish walking trail.
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Whitewater Beach.Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.34.00 AM

Just another beautiful view along the trail.Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.34.26 AMTaking it all in.Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.34.40 AM

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Ireland Day 1.

Travel is amazing. We sat in a plane and had people waiting on us. We traveled more than 500 miles an hour above 35,000 feet. We flew to the other side of the world in half a day. The jet lag is the bad part. Jet lag and the feeling of being shuttled like cattle is terrible. We made it to Dublin in an uneventful fashion and were greeted at the Budget office by a surprising 32 euro a day mandatory insurance fee. It turns out that Republic of Ireland has the same driving maniacs that Jamaica, Israel, and Northern Ireland contain.

We spent the first day trying to stay mostly awake.Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 10.39.50 AMMy grandmother lives in Howth so it is always fun just walking through the village.

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Damsels in Distress

I am sorry if you have seen this already, but every time I watch it, it blows my mind. Maybe it is the fond memories of New Zealand, maybe it is that damselfly nymphs are my go to fly in still water, most likely, it is the orca like action of the trout. Enjoy:

Damsels in Distress from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

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Spring is here.

Just another reason why the northwest is great. I got to hang out at a farm during lambing season and then pick mussels to make for dinner that night.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.11 AMSure the fishing isn’t so great out here, but this is making explore other outdoor options. At least I got to be on the water.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.27 AMSomeone was happy with the result. I hear that they were delicious.Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 10.10.39 AM


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