Traveling Nancy

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First Three Days


Our first three days and have been quite amazing.   On the first day we arrived and got our SIM cards set up and then went to Collins B & B.  After setting everything up we went out to Murphy’s Pub for dinner.  After dinner we went to hear music across the street from the pub. There  was a great folksinger in the bar and to my amazement he was singing a John Prine song. Mary and I were really enjoying the music and stayed around until after 11 o’clock. We were a bit late to get to bed – probably midnight.

We were picked up and from out bed-and-breakfast by Dux and taken to the restored 15th Century Ross Castle.

This is Ross Castle in Black Valley, Ireland.

Dux’ son Donal drove the small boat. He was delightful. It was a bit cold on the boat and even drizzled a bit of rain on us. So we were all covered up with a tarp.  From the boat we saw baby deer and Mountain goats. We went through three Lake and connecting river. At one point we had to get out of the boat so it could keep it moving through a narrow passage with the water rushing down.  

We had to take the boat upstream.

We learned that rhododendrons here in Ireland or weed. They are interfering with the walnut trees and grow to be quite huge. They are tempted to cut all of them down to get rid of them.

The boat ride took about hour and a half and we got off at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where we had a bowl of soup for lunch.

Our hiking didn’t start out until about 130 in the afternoon.  Today’s hike was about 13 miles.  It was through Killarney National Park.  The views of the lake and moss covered trees were so beautiful.  I am just going to try to upload a couple photos.

I loved this tree.

I loved this tree in the black valley.

This is a a view in the Black Valley
 I loved the paths in the Black Valley
There were even yellow arrows on some of the rocks to guide our way.  The rocks next to the arrow with the actual path.  This part of today’s hike took us a very long time.

There were arrows on the rocks in Black Valley

  We walked by rushing streams and waterfalls.

We walked by rushing streams in Black Valley.

 Here I am by the waterfall.

Here I am by the waterfall in Black Valley.
Some of the trees were absolutely amazing.

Trees in Black Valley were amazing.

 The stone bridges and archways reminded me of Spain.

The stone arches reminded me of Camino.

Somehow I didn’t seem to get the photos of when the path got very difficult. It was very rocky and we had to go very slowly. So much to our amazement we didn’t get back onto the main road until 8:30 PM. We stopped at the first place where we could get food to eat. Then we still had to walk back to Killarney and didn’t get home until after 10:45.  I think by the time we got fully settled it was almost midnight and we had to be up and ready to leave by 8 AM.

Today was more even amazing  than yesterday. We walked through the Black Valley to Lough Acoose.  Again the moss-covered rock, trees, views of the lake, patches of clover, and boulders were absolutely breath-taking. Just a few more photos.

These moss covered rocks were beautiful.

These large moss-covered rocks were so beautiful

These large moss covered rocks were amazing. 

I loved these small islands and view of the mountains.

I loved the small islands and mountain views.

At one point we were even walking right through somebody’s farmland. We loved all the sheep.

There are sheep and lamb everywhere.

How about the black face and pink ears.
This lamb with pink ears is so cute..

We climbed over styles and where having a blast.

I climbed the stile.

We were trying to make her way for lunch to a restaurant called the Cookie Monster Café.  We came upon the house where a young woman came out and told us the way. She told us to just hop over the gate (ha) and continue on over the hill for about 45 minutes. Words and pictures cannot describe the mountain goat track where we were walking.  There was actually no path. We were just scrambling up through the rocks and the bog.  It is probably the most difficult trail I’ve ever walked; if you could call it a trail.  And though going up was quite difficult, going down was actually even a bit more treacherous.   Here are pictures of Mary and me on part of the trail, but as I said, the photos do not depict the difficulty.


 Mary is walking on the rocks in Black Valley


I am walking on the rocky path in Black Valley
The next photo is me climbing over the fence.  We did this a couple of times.

I had to climb a fence in Black Valley

Then we finally arrived at the café, but it was about 2 hours later. I am not sure how anybody could have done that hike in 45 minutes. John and Cookie, owners of the cafe, made us a delicious lunch and our dessert was homemade ice cream.  John showed me a picture of his mom and told me that I reminded him of her.

After lunch we had to climb over another small mountain. Our total elevation gain today was only 2543 feet and we walked about 15 miles.  All in all it was really a fabulous, remarkable day. 

Tonight we are staying at the Blackstone house bed-and-breakfast. We are in the very isolated place right on the lake. It is so peaceful here. Pauline cooked an absolutely delicious dinner for us.

This is a beautiful lake near Blackstone B&B.

This is the Blackstone Bridge near the Blackstone B&B.

This is the Blackstone Bridge near the BV&B.  
Tomorrow we are supposed to have a much easier day

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

13 thoughts on “First Three Days

  1. Love your pictures but watch out for those fences …. Have a great safe time!

    Susan Farkas

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  2. Beautiful shots! Yeah, I remember the boggy hiking ‘trails’. Be safe!


  3. Great job nanc!!


  4. You go grandma climb over that fence!!!!!


  5. OH Nancy, I am so going to enjoy going on this hike with you, while sitting at my computer. Thank You! Thank You! Hugs, Pat


  6. Oh my goodness, Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing these marvelous pictures and diary. Marvelous, as in, you are a marvel!


  7. Beautiful trees and scenery. The hike looks pretty tough so hope you are doing well.


  8. Fabulous report, Nancy! And great pictures! Thanks!


  9. Wow wow. Wow. So beautiful. And your are having suchbisu days. You are amazing.


  10. Nancy, Your photos of Ireland are beautiful. Your days are long with many miles. I hope tomorrow is an easier day. I’m glad you are having fun and doing well.


  11. Wonderful pics and comments you go girls


  12. Wow! Beautiful scenery!
    Hopr you’re having a great time!


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