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Day 7: Laundry Day and Connemara National Park

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.

Megan and Tracey in front of Connemara National Park entrance.  Sign in Gaelic
Megan and Tracey in front of Connemara National Park entrance. Sign in Gaelic

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.

View from Connemara National Park
View from Connemara National Park
Trail in Connemara National Park
Trail in Connemara National Park
A directional sign in Connemara National Park.  Getting used to signs that say Toilet
A directional sign in Connemara National Park. Getting used to signs that say Toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Finally, we drove to the town of Roundstone and ate at Vaughan’s Pub, then stopped at Dog’s Bay Beach.  Perhaps only in Ireland can you see Cow’s strolling along the beach!

Megan on Dog's Bay Beach
Megan on Dog’s Bay Beach
Michael loves Tracey
Michael loves Tracey
Cows walking along Dog's Bay Beach at 10:00PM.
Cows walking along Dog’s Bay Beach at 10:00PM.