Thursday, 6 June
Another gorgeous day in Ireland, this has been getting ridiculous All the Irish are commenting on the great weather. Apparently they have had two bad winters and one nice day last June.
Today is Laundry Day, we went into the town of Clifden to get our laundry done. We had asked our hostess Sinead where we could take care of our laundry and she sent us to the local cleaner. We learned that, here, you drop off your laundry and they clean it for you. So we each dropped a bag of clothes and headed to Connemara National Park for a short hike.
Ireland only has six National Parks. The National Parks & Wildlife Service looks to be simular to our State Parks. Keeping in mind that Ireland is only a third of the size of Colorado (32,595.1 sq mi vs 104,094 sq mi), you gain a new perspective on how magnificent our National Park System is. Connemara NP is only about 7300 acres. Compare that to Jefferson County, Colorado’s largest Open Space Park, White Ranch at over 4000 acres and Rocky Mountain National Park at 415 sq mi or over 265,000 acres. But then, Ireland is one large sheep farm.
We went for a short hike and visited their Nature Center and learned about some of the issues related to Bog Preservation.
After our hike we visited Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, Tracey’s Aunt and Uncle sponsored preservation of an Oak Tree in the name of Tracey’s mom, Maureen, who passed away in Jan of this year. The Abbey bought over 10,000 Oak Trees and you can sponsor a tree through their Forest Friend’s program. We also toured the Gardens and the Church.