Day 4 - Cliffs of Moher and Hunt for Yogi and Stephan
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The day started at with a shower, green apple and the equivalent of a Nutri-Grain bar. I needed my energy since we’d be hiking the Cliffs of Moher.
Carrie and Gabby had rented a car in
When we got there we paid the €8 parking fee and headed on over to the Cliff’s edge.
The Cliffs of Moher stretch on for a good 7-8 miles with sheer drops of over 500 feet to the
Due to the trespassing sign, Carrie and Gabby said their goodbyes after touring the
Since Yogi is afraid of heights, he did not want to hike the trail that was private property. But Justin and I were eager to do it. How often is one able to hike along the Cliffs of Moher for three miles to an abandoned tower on the
Now we asked if the No Trespassing sign was really enforced.
The hike out to the tower was breathtaking. Normally it would be overcast, but we got lucky and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We started the hike around with the sun on our left as we hiked south along the edge.
Small rocks could be seen just below the water’s surface. Seagulls and other birds could be seen flying in between the water and the top of the Cliffs. We were one of only a handful of people hiking the trail, and we were alone at the watch tower.
Justin and I talked extensively and got to know each other pretty well.
The tower had no markings or a plaque describing it, and it was in poor shape with no roof and the walls crumbling near the top. It stood about 50 feet tall, square shaped with a width of about 15 feet. It stood no less than 30 feet from the edge of the cliff. I took in a large breath of ocean-smelling air as I admired the view.
The way back seemed shorter, as is normally the case. We passed by many more people and when we got back to the start there were hundreds of tourists walking past the “No Trespassing” sign. I guess they all assumed the same as us.
We started to hike back into Doolin along the road, but my shoulders were aching from the backpack’s straps digging in over the previous six miles.
It took about 15 cars to pass us with our thumbs out until one stopped. Justin was doing most of the thumbing and had just given up after they passed when I saw they were stopping up ahead. We ran to their car and got in, thanking them as we did.
They were a couple from
Hiking makes one hungry, and due to not having eaten much prior to the hike, we gorged ourselves with pasta.
After a power nap and some relaxation we began the search for Yogi and Sefan. They were supposed to be back from the
We got a tip from two guys in our hostel room that the two pubs down the street, away from the water, were quite good and known for their local atmosphere. Justin and I walked down to one of them, McGann’s, and had a pint each while watching
The rest of the night consisted of Justin and I walking around Doolin trying to find the German guys with no success.
At around they came to our hostel and told us how they had been at their hostel since about . That stinking hostel manager had gotten it all wrong and had caused Justin and I to walk about 3 miles in total for nothing!
We all said goodnight around since we were tired from the day’s walking.