11.24.2014 41 °F
We woke up to a cold morning in Killarney around 9:00. We went downstairs soon after getting up and had another fantastic Irish breakfast complete with sausage, thick bacon (which was quite salty this time), and two fried eggs. We also had some delicious french press coffee that Kaela said was the best that we have had our entire time in Ireland so far. After we finished breakfast we headed back upstairs to finish up our last minute packing, which didn’t take more than a few minutes. Since we had a shorter drive today, and we didn’t have a lot of plans for when we would eventually arrive in Doolin (our next location), Kaela took a 30 minute nap next to me while I read a few chapters of The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's nest. The book is getting so good! I stayed up late last night reading it and it is always difficult to put it down. I should finish it fairly soon at this rate! I woke Kaela up just after 11:00 and I carried all of our belongings down to the car while Kaela checked out of the bed and breakfast. I cranked up the heater so that it would be suitable for Kaela once she came outside for our 2 hour drive. She doesn’t seem to function quite as well in the cold. For most of the drive she wore her snow jacket in the car anyways!
We left Killarney right at 11:30 and started driving up the western coast of Ireland towards Doolin, where we planned to see the Cliffs of Moher. Our drive up the coast was another beautiful one filled with green fields, rolling hills, and innumerable amounts of cow and sheep. Kaela was quick to yell and point whenever we passed a new group of animals, which was remarkably frequent. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful fall colors and driving through the narrow country roads with trees carved by the passing cars in such a way that the foliage resembled a tunnel. We had a great afternoon listening to various local Irish radio channels and have even become accustomed to a few of them and look forward to the regular games that they play with callers on the show.
We stopped at a beach in Lahinch along the western coast just before the Cliffs of Moher to walk around for a few minutes, but mostly to hunt for more shells to add to Kaela’s grand collection from various beaches around the world. We walked around for ten minutes or so but it started to sprinkle quite heavily! It was only 40 degrees or so at this point as well so it was freezing outside and Kaela had to go seek shelter immediately! We knew we couldn’t leave without finding at least a few shells so we quickly scoured the beach and found a few shells and they happened to turn out pretty amazing! We were also getting chased off the beach from the incoming tide. The waves were washing so far up the beach! They were also moving at several miles per hour so Kaela had to get a light jog on to get away from it. I made sure that we both touched the water though so that we could say that we have been in and felt another body of water; this time the North Atlantic! We hurried back to the car afterwards to get out of the rain and head on a few more miles until we reached our bed and breakfast for the night. We stopped at the Cliffs of Moher on our way to the b&b, but right as we were leaving the beach it became insanely foggy! Our visibility was limited to only a few yards ahead of us. By the time we reached the parking area for the cliffs, it was so foggy that we couldn't even see the entrance. Since you have to pay to go to the cliffs we thought it would be better to try our luck in the morning because we wouldn't have been able to see a single thing today. We slowly continued driving through the fog and mist and eventually made it to our accommodations.
The owner of the bed and breakfast pulled in right behind us and actually startled me when I got out of the car! The owners were very kind in showing us our room and then immediately making us both a cup of coffee (which was delicious again). We also got to sample some homemade treats! We were able to try some sort of home made cinnamon raison loaf and a homemade candy bar bite. After our coffee we went to go walk to the nearby pub to check out the menu (it was a little pricey) and then we headed back in the car to drive around the area a little bit. We drove down to the coast and watched enormous waves crash against rocks a few hundred yards away from us. It was pretty spectacular so we hung out there for a little while. Kaela used this time to find a few more shells. After we finished at the shoreline, we drove around looking for a supermarket yet all we could find was a small convenience store that didn’t even have a snack that interested us. We headed back to our bed and breakfast and read together for a few hours.
Around 20:00 we realized that we had to find some food fairly quickly because our stomachs had been growling for several hours at this point! We headed over to the pub next door (literally), partly because we didn’t have any other choice really. We went inside and ordered a big burger and two appetizers to split. One appetizer was a seafood chowder and the other was a potato and cheese dish that partially resembled an omelette that came with a tasty dip that both Kaela and I could not figure out exactly what it was. Regardless, it was all delicious! After dinner we both had a pint of Franciscan Well IPA (brewed in Cork) and listened to a local Irish band perform for 45 minutes or so. Kaela absolutely loved the local music! After we finished our beer, we walked back over to the bed and breakfast. Kaela is currently discussing wedding plans, and is already pre-booking a venue and a date, since both of our moms (and all of Kaela’s immediate family), is currently touring every known facility on the island of Maui. We are planning on watching the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead tonight. After that we will head straight to bed in preparation for the long drive back to Dublin tomorrow morning. We will literally be driving coast to coast. We have definitely seen a lot of the Irish countryside and we are excited to see even more of it tomorrow! Until then.
Justin and Kaela
Chilly day at the beach!!
Insanely foggy drive over to the bed and breakfast.
Our funny little red punto fiat.
Exploring the small town around the b&b.
Our cute b&b in Doolin along with some pics of their gorgeous husky puppy.
Another great breakfast from our b&b this morning.