Dunquin to Ballydavid: Day Five of the Dingle Way

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Walking into the mist...

This morning we set off in COMPLETE FOG! It was pretty eerie, but we were in good spirits! We even joked about trying to stage some creepy photos of us coming out of the mist, but decided that the effect wouldn't be nearly as cool as the idea, so we ventured on. The fog sort of came and went the whole day, but it never got quite as thick as it had been in the morning. On the way to Clogher Beach, we stopped in at Louis Mulcahy (sp?) pottery. We were tempted, oh-so-tempted, to max out the old VISA, but we stayed strong and bought nothing. We dreamed of future days, when we'd be rich from teaching, and have enough money to buy a whole kitchen set:) Great stuff though, and actually reasonably priced for artwork!

We ventured on with full pockets and light backpacks to Clogher Beach.

Clogher Beach
We sat for quite some time as it is a very beautiful sight. Next, we were supposed to go to another beautiful sight, but once again the marked path has been changed due to some disgruntled farmers. That was quite disappointing; we are hoping that these issues get resolved soon for all you future walkers! A few miles later, we found ourselves back on the trail, came upon the second beach walk and had lunch there.

Finally we came to Wine Strand, named so because of the history of smuggling that came through there. We had a snack and wished for some wine:) Andy joked about how I looked like a Girl Scout due to my bandana and gaiters, so he took a few pictures of me to tease  me and accompanied the photos by singing, "Will you get your patches today?" over and over.

Wine Strand...It feels good to be on the flat beach!!!
He decided my new nickname was "Patch." Huh.

Then, we came upon a beautiful cliff walk. That led us to our B and B...well to be honest, we got a bit lost on the way, but it was supposed to pretty much lead us right to our B and B. After stopping at someone's house to ask for directions, we finally made it safe and sound to our night's place of residence.

Our B and B hostess drove us to the only restaurant/guesthouse there ...it was about 30 Euros a plate. Not really in our budget; plus it seemed there was a dress code or something. We didn't feel so hot in our hiker gear and hoodies. Anyway, we shared some food and enjoyed the view of the cliffs we had walked on earlier. While we were there, we watched in amazement as one of the customers broke two or three wine chillers.

"Hey Patch, did you earn your patches today?"
..the ones we had seen earlier that day at the pottery store. Note that each chiller costs roughly 70 Euros. She sort of blew it off, pretending it wasn't her even though it was blatantly obvious that her oversized purse knocked them off as she was looking at postcards. The waiter didn't say much, the woman sort of giggled and said, "We're checking in!" I felt a bit bad for her because it was such an embarrassing situation; Andy thought the opposite given the way she handled the situation.

All in all, it was a good day despite being kept up all night by the baaing of the sheep right outside our window! It was sort of fun listening to them all night until we realized they were babies baaing for their mothers.... The world of agriculture is a cruel one.

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Walking into the mist...
Walking into the mist...
Clogher Beach
Clogher Beach
Wine Strand...It feels good to be …
Wine Strand...It feels good to be…
Hey Patch, did you earn your patc…
"Hey Patch, did you earn your pat…
Taking a well-earned break on the …
Taking a well-earned break on the…
This is not a site you ever see in…
This is not a site you ever see i…
The walk this day ended with a lov…
The walk this day ended with a lo…
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