Saturday, March 26, 2016

Diary of a World Traveler

Killarney Day 6: Where did all these kids come from?!

Another short day of photos today, though a little rainier than the day before. The layers of mountains were covered in mist as the rain clouds headed straight toward us. We took refuge under a nearby hotel, then made the short journey back to the hotel.

At about 1PM, a few friends and I made a fifteen minute leisurely journey to the Lakeside Hotel, where there was a small beach and the ruins of an old castle. The trip was a little colder and wetter than we’ve experienced thus far, and we could see the rain come up and over the mountains. Unfortunately, after a short time admiring the views from the castle, we noticed that the wind was picking up and the rain was, indeed, heading right toward us. We took refuge under an outdoor staircase on the side of the hotel, waiting out the heavy rain and wind for about ten minutes. Remember when our professors told us it would rain sideways? We didn’t believe them until then. It was a doozy. After a bit, we prepared our hoods, coats, and hats and walked back toward our hotel with the light rain to accompany us.

Almost all the way back to our hotel is a small public park that has a river walk (more like a dirt path, but still). We decided to make a quick detour while we were out to climb through some foliage and walk by some water. We could see the mountains in the distance, the rushing river right beside us. In the rain, it felt even more like an adventure. The little path got smaller and smaller, eventually becoming a dense, protected thicket of overhead branches and dry dirt. Having seen enough for one day, we walked all the way back to the start of the trail and then walked the two minutes to our hotel to rest before dinner. It was a great way to get out of the room, see some more views, and even get a little damp for once. The rain was calming, even if it was chilly. And the mountains look amazing in elusive, cloudy layers.

Enjoy the pictures! I love how they turned out. Tomorrow is Easter, so we are going to rest all day and go to a traditional concert tomorrow night. But for now, I am going to get some much-needed sleep!

photo credit Katie Walker

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