Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Our hotel in Killarney has only limited WiFi in the lobby, so accessing the internet is rather difficult. Also, we’ve been incredibly busy so finding time to blog…with limited internet…in a room where everyone is trying to get on the internet is just not a top priority. Sorry about that.
On to more exciting things.
We’ve been in Killarney for a bit over a week. I love Killarney….not so much for the town centre that’s about a 10
minute walk away, but for the National Park that is about a 20 minute walk in the other direction. Killarney National Park is about 26,000 acres of protected woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and mountains. And it’s beautiful. This past week we’ve visited Ross Castle and Muckross House; two large “estates” that were donated to the park. From Muckross we had the privilege to travel through a cave into the Yew Woodland, exactly what it sounds like. It’s a densely wooded area where the trees and rocks are covered with mosses. Some of the plants are edible and some will act as an anesthetic (which some of us had the misfortune to find out).
On Friday a group of us took a very cold boat trip out onto the lakes of the park. A trip across Lough Leane (Lower Lake) took us to Innisfallen, an island where there are ruins of an old monastery and to the “Queen’s Cottage” a now-ruined cottage that was built when Queen Victoria visited Killarney.
Yesterday an even smaller group of us hiked Mangerton Mountain to the Devil’s Punchbowl, a crater lake at the summit. The view was amazing even if the temperature dropped to below freezing.
So Happy Easter all! We’re all safe and happy here even if parents worry about a lack of communication. This week should prove busy as well. We’re taking day trips to Cahersiveen on Wednesday and the Dingle Peninsula on Thursday. Then Friday we leave for Ennis. I’ll try to post more, but I can’t make any promises…I might be stuck on a Mountain