Monday, 16 February 2015

Yesterday (15 February), I had the opportunity to take a drive through the Wicklow Mountains, courtesy of Gerry. Though it was a beautifully clear and sunny day at ground level, upon arrival we discovered the mountains shrouded in fog. It was considerably windy, so we knew that parts of the fog would clear if we waited long enough.

The lake known as Guinness Lake, so named for the blackish color of the water due to the runoff from the boggy soil.

We waited for twenty or so minutes for the fog to clear, and sure enough after giving up standing in the cold, it cleared after driving just a bit further up the road.

The pines that throughout the mountains are commercialized forests

Read about Wicklow Mountains National Park's commercialized forestry on their website here.

Remnants of a house


This next spot is apparently a popular spot for some major films' production, a combination spot including a river, across which gain you access to the remnants of a large house.

Trees decorated for Christmas are scattered throughout the hills

I cannot imagine owning this property; waterfall and river flowing through the back yard, mountains for miles around, and enough land for their sheep farm. That scene just screams to me serenity and happiness.

 On the way back to campus, I was able to take pictures of Guinness Lake without clouds blocking the view. An estate lies offshore, which can be booked for vacationing for what I imagine to be an outrageous amount of money.

Fun fact: Sally Gap is a famous crossroads (famous simply for being one of the only actual intersections throughout park. It heads north to Dublin, west to Blessington, south to Glendalough or east to Roundwood. (Read more here.)

I found this picture of Sally Gap on Google images; I didn't get a picture while we were out

Interestingly, Gerry and I managed to approach Sally Gap from three of the four directions throughout the course of the day.

I will definitely have to find my way back here for a full day's worth of hiking at some point. There is a well-known trail called the Wicklow Way that traverses 80 miles of the mountains, so if nothing else, I can start there :)

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