Woke up this morning to the most beautiful sunrise.
inspired to get out of bed and walk to the toilets I came back via the beach and looking out over the curve of the bay I spotted some movement in the water – a sea otter swimming on its back !! never seen one before what a sight! What a wonderful campsite – if you are going to Connemara look for Acton’s beach camp site – Chris the guy who manages if will make you well welcome ( bring your wet suit though – had a quick dip yesterday and the water is absolutely freezing)
Spent a long while talking to a guy and got a real insight into rural Ireland . He talked about the devastation that the Catholic Church has caused with its control and widespread paedophila . Religion has not hot a good press here in Ireland.
Packed up reluctantly and drive to the Connemara National Park. We set off up the trail not intending to climb very far but it was such a gorgeous day and the path was do well built (slabs of limestone placed across the bog – very noticeable as soon as you stepped off the path) apparently Ireland has 50% of blanket bog in Europe and in Connemara people use the turf from the bogs to dry and use as fuel. Anyway couldn’t resist climbing to the top – Colin valiantly climbed about 2/3 up wearing his crocs ( there is a limit to what crocs can do Colin)
Came down from the mountain in time to drive to Limerick for Colin to meet up with the men arriving for men’s weekend .
Here are some pictures from the mountain (Can you spot Kathy in the last two?):