Ballydavid to Cloghane/Brandon Village (aka Brandon Mountain): Day Six of the Dingle Way
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So, on July 15th, we woke up to FOG. In fact, our B and B sits right in front of a great view of the Brandon Mountain (which was the task at hand on today's hike), but we couldn't even see that there was a mountain from our window. When we asked the owner the night before (which was also foggy, but not as bad) where Brandon Mountain was, she replied, "Right there," as she pointed out our window. Nothing.
We waited around the B and B until 11ish, waiting for the fog to lift, but it never did. It is unadvisable to climb up in fog, so we knew our walk for the day might not happen. The B and B lady suggested that she drive us to the end of Connor Pass so that we could walk just a bit to our Cloghane B and B. Driving over Connor Pass in thick fog is a bit scary, especially considering how narrow the roads are.
Seeing as how we've been walking for quite some time with only two outfits each, we decided that today would be a good day for laundry! Our B and B hostess told us about a place in Brandon Village. We loaded up our bags and set off on a 4-mile goose chase. The laundry place had closed three years earlier! Say what? So, what else could we do...we went into a pub and had some drinks before heading on back to our place. Andy is now at 29.5 Guinnesses. And just think...he didn't drink GUINNESS every day; there has been wine! After the drinks and walk back, we washed our clothes the same way we have been for the last three weeks-in the sink, except this time with hand soap rather than Tide sink packets which we ran out a few days ago.
In Cloghane, the views are really spectacular. Brandon Mountain peaked out later in the day with the arrival of the sun. Also, the town sits in a valley of mountains, with the coast lining the main street of the village. The tide comes in and out, creating significant changes in the scenery all day long. It's quite a pretty village. Andy and I enjoyed some pub grub and drinks followed by some funny pics on the village streets. Along with the drinks and photos came some newfound bravery also. We decided that tomorrow, we'd summit Brandon Mountain using the Pilgrimage trail!!!