We traded in our Ford Focus for a VW Caravelle van for the Shannon Airport pickup.
Mike and Sky travelled an entire day from Steamboat Springs, to Denver, flight to Philly; 3 hour layover then hopped on the plane to Ireland with Amy Roach and Michael Brock…to a pickup in Shannon at 8AM today. Thanks for all of the sleeplessness…we will try to make it melt away today.
We had another of those strange driving experiences that we have had before in Scotland. Out of the airport to a highway, off at an exit for Ballyvaughan, down a narrow road, then a turn onto the dreaded SINGLE TRACK ROAD….did you ever do one of those? So, when someone approaches, you both stop and see where one of you can pull into the weeds far enough to allow two cars to pass on a one car road. Not good. And, no photos.
Then, we pull into the hotel, the rooms aren’t ready. Well, now we experience one of those Ireland miracles…”Why don’t you come to the drawing room and we will see if we can’t find something for you to nibble on while we finish the rooms”. Fabulous performance and perfect recovery from the drive.
But, as you may be able to see, we are looking through a bit of fog at the Limestone phenomenon called the Burren – a phenomenal place to hike and learn. The rooms are ready and are perfect….and great bathrooms with more-than-large showers that promise plenty of hot water for the refreshing that our travelers can use. Then, lunch…delicious and served by a professional and practiced staff…and we watch the rain start.
So, the front desk lady calls Shane, our guide, and invites him to come to the bar to meet us rather than hike with us in this downpour. Here’s Shane, right out of the rain with his rain gear still on and his stories and sense of humor intact. His life is interpreting The Burren…and he knows his stuff.
Our group is intrigued…
Well, not totally intrigued…somewhat jet-lagged, too. No break in the rain, so, after Shane leaves, everyone heads to their fine rooms for some rest before we motor down to the village of Ballyvaughan for dinner later.
One more story from yesterday before I close out today’s story. Tim, Cindy, Justin and Garrett Roach did some intriguing planning to find and get in touch with Tom and Treasa McNamara…they had met them when the McNamara’s were with us last Thanksgiving in Sanibel. So, Cindy wrote a poem, Tom shopped for great wine by sending her labels from a local Tullamore store with photos on WhatsApp, they did a video for Happy Birthday and delivered these presents yesterday while we were at the Tullamore McNamara’s home. It was a total surprise and orchestrated internationally with great skill. Thanks, Roachs, for your caring and craftiness.
We still have our cards…not to be opened until the 8th and the 12th. Promise!