Ireland and Scotland were far more beautiful than I had ever imagined. There was just so much to see and do, it was hard to figure out just where to go first. Catherine and I had done some preliminary planning and set up our itinerary, but other than that, we hadn't nailed down day to day activities, which suited both of us just fine. My favorite day of the trip came while we were on the West Coast in the area of County Galway. We drove through some of the greenest, most beautiful places in the world. And even though the rain and gale-force winds started to blow, it took on a surreal sort of beauty. At long last we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher, where I've always wanted to go. It was the end of a lifelong dream to be standing there overlooking such timeless majesty. I know I'm waxing poetic here, but there just aren't any words to explain how, for the first time since June, I felt totally, completely happy. So happy in fact, that I braved the weather to climb the wet iron spiral staircase onto the top of O'Brien's tower. Catherine and the guy selling tickets were in the tower at the base of the stairs telling me I was crazy. But truth be told, I've never felt more calm or more at peace with everything than I did in those raging gale-force winds (clocked at 51 mph) and stinging rain. I braced myself on the ancient stone turret and just let myself enjoy it.
|View from the top!|
- #1: Travel - Ireland and Scotland!!
- #2: Road Trip - We've booked the hotels and ironed out the details of a New Years' road-trip!
- #3: I finished my 10th book on the plane back from Ireland
- #10: Bed and Breakfast - in Edinburgh