Long, long summer days
Trip Start May 30, 2010
20Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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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.