Dallying in Dingle

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Oct 11, 2008

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Blackberry Lodge

Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Let's start with the night that followed our last entry...I'll just say that the floor of the Bru Hostel's common room was littered with cheap 2 liter bottles of cider by the end of the night. After the consumption, 10 drunken backpackers from US, Australia, France (and 1 notable Kiwi who wore his New Zealand flag all night) headed onto the streets of Cork to find a pub. Even though we ended up in a lame salsa club in the end, the journey was fun in itself. We made several drunken friends over several liters of cider, and we would miss Cork dearly, but we had to move on to the Dingle Peninsula.
      Yesterday we drove for over 6 hours on tiny winding roads. One would think that'd be torturous, right? Wrong. It was one of the most beautiful drives either of us has ever taken. We traveled through green rolling mountains spotted with woolly mountain sheep and impossibly-angled rocks. We drove the Beara Peninsula instead of the Ring of Kerry, and the views were stunning. We made our way through a part of the equally beautiful Killarney National Park, with even more mountains and lakes. Finally we reached the Dingle Peninsula after another hour of treacherous driving. Dingle has great sights, great pubs, but little else. We spent our first night here at a local pub (that used to be a pub/cobbleshop) called Dick Mack's. It seemed very authentic, and we listened to live jam sessions on guitar and accordion. We made our way to another pub that was less than authentic called "The Dingle Pub" where a lone singer/guitarist played Irish music - well, at one point he did sing Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" to please his mostly American audience. After that experience (Really? Johnny Cash with an Irish accent??), Ryan and I plan on digging a little bit closer to the Irish roots of this town.
       Today is our first full day in Dingle, and for the first time so far on this trip, we were at a loss as to what exactly to do with ourselves. We could stroll the somewhat touristy shops in the rain, we could go look for a dolphin that is supposed to live near Dingle (in the rain), or take the scenic Slea Head Drive (in the rain of course). We chose to drive, and while it was beautiful, it was also very wet and foggy. We saw many soggy sheep, ancient stone "beehive" huts, and great coastal views. We stopped in a pub on the way for some veggie soup, delicious brown bread, and tea and coffee. When we commented on Ireland's beauty, the bartender replied, "Yeah, and you can only see about 40% through the weather." He also told us that the weather today was that of a typical winter's day - a little odd for June 26... Tonight we plan to find some locally caught seafood in a restaurant/pub near the wharf. Prices here are a bit high due to the flocks of tourists, but it is still a charming place, although perhaps 2 days here was a bit too long. I think we can safely say that Dingle has been a little tarnished by a deluge of tourists trying to find that perfect little Irish town.  But-off for pints and seafood. Stay tuned.
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smousemom63011 on

no dallying here in ballwin!
What beautiful scenery! Looks like Dingle hasn't changed much in 200 years. Wow.

I had the dog whisperer (not Ceasar) here for an hour and one-half teaching me how to train the monster, I mean puppy. He's actually pretty smart, and by the time she left, he had given her a high five with his paw. Too cute. Twister likes him more each day. He nibbles her neck and ear! And he puppy growls at her to play!

The weather here is wonderful the last few days. No rain, giving the people in the flooded areas of Missouri, Iowa and others a little recoup time. So sad, though.

Well you will be off to France in the near future. Can't wait to hear from you! I love this blog!!!

Love you both very much! Mom

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