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WHERE WILL I GO NEXT?

Denver November 28, 2012

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Well, I haven’t uploaded the last sample of Ireland photos yet. But I will! Right now I am sitting in the airport waiting to fly to Denver. I have so many friends in CO and haven’t been there for 3 years! Needless to say, I’m excited! My social calendar is full and I can’t wait

It was a weird feeling coming to the airport today, though. The last time I was here was returning from Ireland. I can’t believe it’s been 2.5 months. Time flies. How I wish I was traveling back to Ireland today! Some day!

This trip will be full of seeing people, but unfortunately maybe not much hiking and stuff. We’ll see!

 

Even More Ireland Photos (and one more photo post is still to come!) November 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 10:42 pm

In this episode, I will share photos of the Ring of Kerry, including Killarney National Park, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren.  Enjoy!

We left for the Ring from Kenmare, so it was easier for us to go north a bit to Killarney before doubling back south.  Our first stop was Ladies’ View.  It was stunning.  Just gorgeous.  The clouds were really neat, too.  It was difficult to capture on film.

We then went up to Muckross Abbey and Estate, though we did not view the Estate.  This is me in the Abbey.  I can imagine monks walking these halls.  The courtyard is behind me, which had a large Yew tree.  The Abbey and cemetery was incredible.  There was a large lake behind it as well.  I found a shamrock growing in the wall of the Abbey and I picked one for my little brother.  I thought it was appropriate to use a shamrock found at a centuries’ old Abbey to teach Zeke how St. Patrick taught the Celts about the Trinity!

This was a lane on the Abbey grounds.  It was just perfect.  I wish I were walking those grounds again today!

One of the best places we stopped along the Ring was near the Scariff Island.  It was breathtaking!

The large island is Scariff Island.  It was cloudy, but the sun was breaking through.  It made awesome shadows and I loved the way it played on the ocean.  But again, it didn’t translate superwell to film.

This was taken toward the end of the Ring (where we ended, anyway…we did not go all the way around up to Killarney…we veered off and headed for Dingle).  The Ocean was looking very green and blue here.  In front of me (in this picture) was a huge, steep hill covered in purple flowers.  I’ve never seen a hill as steep!  It was very pretty here!

We didn’t get to take many photos of Dingle.  This is on the outskirts of town.  This view just screams “Ireland” to me!

This was one of the rainiest days we had…and, in fact, the only day when we were out doing stuff and it rained.  We had great luck that way!  Pretty sure this is a Christmas card photo!  (Nice work, Loren!)

The longest drive of the trip was between Dingle and the Cliffs of Moher.  But man, was it worth it!  I’ve never experienced such beauty.  God’s majesty was on full display here!

We got a pretty decent self-portait here!

Iconic Ireland!

The following day we drove through the Burren on  our way to Galway.  The Burren means “rocky place”.  It is covered in limestone and boasts this prehistoric portal tomb called the Poulnabrone Dolmen.  They’ve dated it back to the Neolithic period, between 4200-2900 BC.  Older than the Pyramids!

It is much smaller than one would think.  I’m taller than it (if I were standing next to it)!

Photos of the limestone.  The shapes were so cool.  My only wish was that we had been there in summer.  There are thousands of wild flowers that grow there, but unfortunately most were dead.  I would wish that it hadn’t been raining, but considering our luck, I think that would be greedy of me!

Til next time!