Long, long summer days

Trip Start May 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , Donegal,
Monday, June 21, 2010

It's June 21, and we’re at the extreme north of Ireland, which puts us at about the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska. The sun sets around 10:30 p.m., and it gets somewhat dim around midnight,though you could easily see to walk outside then.  The sun rises in the morning around 4 a.m., though I am happy to report that we do not have a precise time for the morning as we are all still asleep.

The boys have a hard time going to bed in the evening; they want to continue to play on the beach until dark.  It’s 10:30 p.m. right now, and they could be out on the sand except that they have strict parents who make them go to bed!  There are plenty of complaints about that, and protestations that they really aren’t tired yet.  When we drive in the afternoons Liam usually falls asleep.  Yesterday as we drove north across County Donegal to Rosguill Peninsula I looked back and saw that he had tipped over and was sleeping across two seats.

we talked about how much we like traveling in a camper van as we pulled up to the harbor of the Tory Island ferry and had lunch before going to the beach.  Where else can you have food in the fridge, a table to eat it on, and a place to change into your swim suit when you’re traveling?  I think my next car might be a camper van, though I doubt I’ll find it necessary for the trips to school and to town.  It sure is handy to travel with your own bathroom when you have two kids, though!

We appreciate having a table for the boys to draw or play on as we drive and two comfortable benches with seat belts so that the boys can face each other instead of being cooped up in the back seat of a car.  We also are finding camper van travel very economical.  We’ve already paid for our "hotel" and “rental car,” so all we have to add is food and fuel.  Plus, Liam has turned his nose up at every meal we’ve eaten out unless it’s a cheeseburger, so we love having the kitchen with us to prepare food that he will eat.  One sad note to report on the food scene:  We remember wonderful European-style pizzas from all of our previous trips to Ireland, but this time we’ve only found American-style pizzas.  I’m very disappointed.   One good note to balance it:  The soda bread is as good as ever, and nothing compares with Ireland’s fresh milk, butter, or fish.
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Cami on

It looks so beautiful! I can tell you're having a wonderful time.... the photos are great (I love the captions). The boys are so photogenic!
I miss the fog - it's so bright, here in Colorado. Of course, if I lived in Ireland, I'd miss the sun, I guess! Happy trails! - cami

Deanna Deck on

Look at that amazing beach find...It is so sad that so many great things are becoming rare and not a way of life as earlier but how cool you captured it while it was still there.Fun Fun Fun

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