Amanda and her mom at Eklutna Lake.Ben and I made it a few miles up power line trail. This is looking back towards town.One of the lakes a few miles up power line. He ran, I biked. I was tired. He didn’t seem to notice the fatigue at all.
We set up our tree, put up lights outside, and celebrated by making ravioli. Seems like a pretty successful holiday season in our new house. Everything seems to take just a little longer than we thought it would. We are getting it done and loving it.
We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.As soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.
The weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!
We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.
What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Standard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:
More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.
One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Not enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!The last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.
When I was in Brazil I hiked into the rainforest and would swim under these beautifulwaterfalls. Some local kids were there wondering why these non locals were wandering into the forest on their own. They followed us into the jungle. Communication was difficult as they didn’t speak any English. After a couple different waterfalls I kept inviting them in to swim and they constantly refused. I didn’t think anything of it. Eventually we saw a small snake and through hand signals, I think they said that they don’t swim in the creeks because of the large snakes that could eat you. That made me pause and remember where I was. Holy shit. 20 foot anacondas. Man eaters. I had no thought of that while giddily jumping off waterfalls into unknown pools.
A few future nurses headed out to explore on our spring break. We were fresh from school and recently completed an ACLS course. Feeling like being outside, I took the dogs (Obi’s first hike), and we met at the trailhead. It starts off easily enough through the trees.Not long after that, the views really expand and the hiking gets a little more strenuous. It was nice to be sweating in the sunshine when we should be knee deep in snow. It was still March after all.When we first arrived at the lake, it was mesmerizing. I love the alpine lakes. The water was calm, clear and looked good for fishing (which is always on the back of my mind). We were amazed that there was no snow to be seen. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the lake had ice on it this time of year.I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Panoramas were almost as popular as selfies this day.
I am not afraid to admit that I was given a selfie stick and I used it. The BSB (blue shirt boys) were in full effect on this hike.Thanks as always to my hiking companions that show up and don’t complain. Also, if you hike in Washington State, you probably know about WTA, but if not, check them out as they have more information than you will know what to do with. Become a member.
This day took us up the west coast. We finished the Ring of Kerry, went through the Lakes of Killarney, saw the gardens at Muckross House, marveled at the Cliffs of Moher at dusk, and found one of our new favorite pubs, McGann’s.
We woke up to another amazing irish breakfast. Complete with black and white pudding for the vegetarian. The breakfasts at the bed and breakfasts are absolutely amazing. They kept us full until well past lunchtime.There were many castles along the way. Some close to the road, some far off in the distance, some on the beach. The lakes of Killarney were beautiful and I had to stop at the ones that had signs about fishing. You know, just to remind myself that this was not a fishing trip.We stopped at the Muckross House and gardens. This place was given to the Irish government by an American who gave it to his daughter as a wedding gift.
This is the Tarbert to Kilrush ferry. Very popular among tourists. Here we can see the Spanish owned electricity plant and lighthouse.
The next popular stop after getting off the ferry is the Cliffs of Moher. This is one of my favorite places in Ireland. Here Amanda is looking for birds. As she usually does no matter where we are. It was amazing to see the area as the sun was going down.Our night ended at McGann’s pub. The music was great, the food was fantastic, and even though it was mostly tourists, there were still a couple of locals around.
We couldn’t tear ourselves away from Dingle’s First Cottage. The conversation was as amazing as the breakfast. When we finally stopped drinking tea to depart, we decided to drive around the Ring of Dingle before the famous Ring of Kerry. If I had one thing to tell future tourists, it would be to spend more time in Dingle and skip the Ring of Kerry.
This is Brandon Beach.
I don’t think that there are any fish there.
Not that I was looking for fish or thinking about fly fishing. But the views were incredible all around the Dingle area. The wildlife was ferocious. We continued on to this enormous and empty beach which I can only imagine is packed in the summer.
Just more beautiful views. We didn’t expect blue skies and big empty beaches on this trip.Over a few semi-sketchy mountain passes. The two lane roads are what we would call bike paths.This was definitely not a fishing trip.Which is a good thing because I don’t know if I could find a place to give it a go.There may have been one or two spots we could have fished. We stopped and looked at this place for probably a bit too long.
“The upper Caragh River is famous for it’s salmon/trout fishing and is one of Europe’s cleanest rivers. It is nestled at the foot of the McGillicuddy Reeks. It flows through Ireland’s most beautiful nature reserves in the heart of County Kerry. Permits can be arranged. Boat hire is available for free fishing on Caragh Lake. Michael O’Shea, fishery manager (+353 87 2213835) or visit www.safiex.com” Unfortunately, we did not stay here. We stopped, watched people fish, and drove away with small tears in my eyes. Then we ended our day (like most days) with an amazing pub dinner. This one courtesy of the Ring of Kerry Hotel.