Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Lakes of Killarney

Hiked through the Gap of Dunloe today. We started at Kate Kearney's Cottage and walked past a string of mountain lakes to the Head of Gap (the mountain pass at the head of the valley drained by the River Loe). From there, a gentle descent brought us to the floor of the Black Valley where we picked up the Kerry Way heading for Lord Brandon's Cottage where we had lunch. Then we boarded a small open boat for a trip across the Lakes Of Killarney--Loch Uachtarach, Loch Mhucrois, and Loch Lein. This photo was shot after we left Loch Uachtarach ("Upper Lake") and were cruising on the Long Range River on the way to the Meeting of the Waters. The slopes of Torc Mountain rise in the background.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Welcome to Ireland

Arrival in Dublin 45 minutes early on the Aer Lingus Airbus A-330 "St. Patrick" from Chicago. It's overcast here with intermittent light rain--a soft day as they say. Forecast is for improving weather tomorrow, then five days with 0% chance of rain. I'll take that.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Western Ireland Hiking

Watch for posts from our Hiking in Western Ireland trip. We get underway on Saturday, May 19. Sláinte!