Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Camp to Annascaul

3 Comments

Yea for Ireland.  The resolution passed!!

When we left our lovely bed-and-breakfast this morning, we went exactly sure what the weather was going to be. We could see clouds over the hills in the distance. There were some great views of the ocean on the side of the house.

image

image

image

On the way to the trail we passed by a home that created a flower garden in the old stone house that was in front of their house.   It was absolutely lovely. How creative people can be.

image

image

I took this photo of Mary and Josephine walking up the bi-road ( A road that is designed for two-way traffic) to show you just how narrow these roads are.  Cars actually pass each other on these roads.  So how can you tell an Irish person driving on the road from a tourist.  The Irish people pass each other without even hesitating and the tourists have to stop and try to pull over so the other car go by them. Anyway, we walked up, and up, and up, and up, and up, and up, and up, and up, and up, this road in the morning.

image

The weather was really beautiful today. We didn’t have any rain at all.   We actually had sunshine.  Here are just a few views for today.

image

image

I was told the cows that we saw In the distance were actually cows that were brought here from the Netherlands.

image

Of course, I had to pay attention to the bees on the flowers again.

image

We passed by the  Enlighten River.

image

For most of the day Mary  and I walk in silence and met up with each other to rest and/or take photos.  It is so peaceful to just walk, look at the views and keep walking.  That’s what makes it like the Camino. What’s not like the Camino is that we really don’t see any other people or at least only a few.  And we don’t pass through villages.

We did walk down the side road to the Inch Strand.  Inch comes from the Irish word “Inis”  which means an island.  It is a 5 km (3 miles) long stretch of sandy beach and sand dunes.  I still couldn’t resist taking pictures of sheep on the way down.

image

We stopped for lunch at the cafe next to Sammy’s dive shop.  This is only the second time that we have had a place for lunch along the way  The following pictures are in attempt to film the beach after we walked up the hill again.   You can see the hills from the  Kerry Way in the distance. They seem to be all covered in clouds just the way they where when we walked them.   By the way, today’s walk is another  part of the Irish Camino.

image

As we started up another uphill grassy patch and we were just looking at a very black cow with a white face, a woman got out of her car and came running up to us to offer us a ride.  She said that the hill was very long and she would drive us on the road. We declined the ride. Mary took a picture of her with me.  I forgot to ask her name so we  just called her “Kindness.”

image

Well, she was right that the walk uphill was long and sometimes muddy, but I am glad that we did it.

image

image

The distant green hills are so worth seeing. I can’t seem to get enough of them.

image

We arrived at The Old Anchor Inn by 4:00 today.  The 12 miles we did today with only 1300 feet of elevation gain sure felt longer.  We relaxed for a couple of hours and had a delicious dinner at the Old Anchor while it rains outside.

image

Annascaul was the birthplace of the Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean and he was nicknamed the “Irish Giant.”  He was part of the major British expeditions to Antarctica at the beginning of the 20th century.  Crean was an important member of Ernest Shackleton’s failed Endurance Expedition (1914 -1916) recognized as a heroic feat of endurance.   During the expedition,  Crean  was selected for the epic open boat journey over 1500 km  (920 miles)  of open Antarctica ocean, considered one of the greatest small boat journeys ever accomplished.  After his retirement from the merchant navy, Tom Crean settled in his home village of Annascual and opened the South Pole Inn, which is as much a museum as a pub.  After dinner we will go there to see the pub.  And then next January – off to Antarctica.

Yea again for the wonderful Irish people.  The resolution passed.  What a historic day!  I am so happy to be in Ireland when this resolution passed by 61% margin.

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.

3 thoughts on “Camp to Annascaul

  1. Fabulous Ireland, I love it! Great pix of your walk. Take Care Ellen

    Like

  2. Hi pilgrim, did not realize you had already left for your walk. Love the pics, brings up memories of my walk with John, several years earlier. Don’t for get to stop in the pubs the music can be wonderful. Travel safe Helene

    Like

  3. Such beautiful shots! Yeah, I remember the narrow roads. What a great trip!! Strauss’s and Pressler’s are on the Washington coast – thinking about you!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s