Hill Walking in the Wicklows
Trip Start May 30, 2010
20Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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We walked to the top of the “back hill” behind Jim and Oonagh’s mountain cottage Saturday and made a picnic of it. From the house and the hilltop we saw Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in County Wicklow. Jim and Oonagh led Chris and Melinda up “Lug” a decade ago; Andy was very upset that he couldn’t climb it this trip
The names Wicklow and Wicklows have become a joke with our family and Jim and Oonagh. We call the mountain range by its name with an “s” added; for example, we live in the Rockies. This sounds utterly ridiculous to Irish ears, so we have become the “Colorados” to Jim and Oonagh. It was wonderful to catch up in person as we’ve been friends for 20 years now, with visits every decade. We all agreed the next visit would have to be sooner than 2020.
Sunday while Jim and Oonagh dismantled their living room in preparation for a remodel beginning Monday, we went to Glendalough, a well-known monastic site in County Wicklow. The last time we visited it was very atmospheric with low-hanging clouds and mist descending from overcast skies. This time, at the start of our visit we had blue skies and puffy clouds. Glendalough’s charm for me lies in its ancient ruins among the low clouds and mist, so this visit seemed surreal. However, the skies soon cooperated, and we had buckets of rain to contend with. We acted Irish, however, and didn’t let a bit of rain stop our walk (until Liam’s pants were totally soaked and he was blue and shivering).