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You’ll read stories about weekend treks in hammocks, week-long expeditions to foreign lands, and the tips and tricks to help you succeed during your own adventures. All with a little bit of wit and comedy thrown in.
Irish Music

Irish Music

After moonwalking in Ireland, our trip took us north to Westport. I began loading up the car with our luggage at our B&B when I heard the host’s small dog, a Shih Tzu I believe, begin barking and running down the porch. A chicken from the neighbor’s pen had gotten out and the dog started chasing it. For about 5 minutes the dog chased that chicken around. Into the coup area, out of the coup area. Into the bushes, out of the bushes. Around in a circle, behind a small wooden building. I had stopped paying too much attention at this point when I heard loud “bagawk” noises from the bushes. The chicken had run back to the bushes and the Shih Tzu had followed. The noises continued and then feathers began flying out of the bushes. I was completely awestruck and didn’t know what to do. A moment later, it didn’t matter. The “bagawk” noises had ceased and the Shih Tzu pranced out from the bushes. The chicken was dead.

Moon Walking in Ireland

Moon Walking in Ireland

Our first stop of the day was to see the Burren. The Burren is the smallest of Ireland’s six National Parks but is definitely the most unique. The entire region is covered in limestone which formed there as sediment over 350 million years ago. The Burren has been compared to walking on the Moon due to the landscape being covered by a large amount of rock. It’s one of the strangest landscapes I’ve ever seen. While sadly, I can’t confirm that it’s similar to walking on the Moon as I’ve yet to leave this planet on an adventure (I know, I’m sorry I’m such a homebody), I can confirm it was unique, to say the least. Our only hike in the Burren was to see the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a large portal tomb that was built sometime between 4200BC and 2900BC, so a really long time ago.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Leaving from Ballyferriter and heading north towards Doolin to see the Cliffs of Moher, we took a mountain road called the Conor Pass. The Conor Pass provides magnificent views from the road. At the top of the pass, there is a vista point you can pull off at. Wanting to hold on to the Dingle Peninsula as long as we could we pulled the car over for a hike without hesitation. Climbing the hills next to the lookout led us to a high hill with a 360° view of the valleys below. Hikers here had created a rock mound, with each hiker adding a rock to the pile. At this point, it was a few feet in diameter and almost as tall as I am. We added our own rocks to the pile and made our way back to the car.

Irish Adventures

As our flight took off in mid-May, I knew we would be embarking on a truly once in a lifetime trip. I had been dreaming of visiting Ireland for years. Ireland was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. It immediately felt like home, which only two generations prior it had been my family’s home. My grandmother had come to America from Ireland when she was a little girl.

Southern Grace

It’s mid-April, the weather is gorgeous and it’s time to take a trip with the wife to one of our favorite cities, Savannah, GA. Located about 2 hours south of Charleston, SC and 2 hours north of Jacksonville, FL, this quaint Southern city is a popular destination for many in the Southeast. The colonial style city is filled with parks and history.

Don’t Miss Your Life

I invite you to try an exercise with me. Close your eyes and picture a place you’ve always wanted to go. Picture what this place looks like. Is it a majestic mountain, a waterfall crashing upon the rocks below, or a city in some distant land? Next, think of what this place would smell like. Do hints of primrose and pine fill the air? Maybe it’s homemade Italian pasta and a bottle of old wine that saturate your senses. Lastly, what do you hear? Is French music playing? How about birds singing their happy songs as they go about their day? Or maybe the only sound for miles is your footsteps and the wind. Go ahead, close your eyes now, I’ll wait.

Fall Foliage

Another year, another fall trip to Asheville. This time we decided to spend more time than just a weekend and we rented a cabin in Maggie Valley. Turns out we came at the absolutely perfect time. It’s always a little of a gamble which weekend you choose when you’re going to see the leaves change. This year, going during the last week of October was that right time. The past few years Asheville for the foliage has been a guy’s trip up to hike in the mountains but this year, we made it a couple’s trip with another married couple friends of ours.

Southwest Diversity

This was the most diverse day of the trip. We headed out from the Sandia foothills near Albuquerque and made our way to the red rock deserts on the way to something called the Soda Dam. The red rock deserts were a beautiful, vibrant red. They looked like they had been stained with blood. I’ve never seen anything like it. I felt like I was walking on Mars. To be honest, it looked fake to me. We only made a short pit stop to look at the red rock before rolling on. From there, we headed to the Soda Dam.

Sandia Peak

Our New Mexico trip had reached its zenith. Our last trip before flying out was to Sandia Peak, 10,000 feet above sea level. We boarded a gondola, which is the longest aerial tram ride in the US (random fun fact #1!) and rode it all the way to the top. Here there is a ski resort, obviously not in use in August and a restaurant called High Finance. High Finance is apparently the highest altitude full-service restaurant in the US (random fun fact #2!). High Finance was the perfect place to grab a drink and admire the view. They have a deck that overlooks the valley and Albuquerque below.

The Gap of Dunloe

We missed multiple turns and got a little lost along the way but that’s all part of the fun, right? Missing one turn took us to a serene lake, we definitely didn’t mind that detour at all. After driving down what looked like someone’s driveway we had finally found Lord Brandon’s Cottage. We abandoned our car and set out on foot towards the Gap of Dunloe.

Killarney National Park

From Kenmare, take the N71 toward Killarney. The road will eventually curve seemingly right into the rocks and all of the sudden the view opens up. A vast valley below, mountains all around, an utterly awe-inspiring view. Both our eyes went as wide as could be and in unison, we exclaimed one word, “wooooooooowwwww!!!”.

The Ring of Beara

Feeling fully rested, my wife and I were ready to explore our homeland. We packed up the car to head out from Kinsale and on to our next destination Kenmare. We weren’t heading straight there, however. No, we wanted to explore the road a little less traveled, the Ring of Beara. Situated just below the famous Ring of Kerry, the Ring of Beara doesn’t see nearly as many tourists. Though to be honest, I’m not sure why one became popular and not the other. It was as beautiful, if not more so than Kerry. With fewer cars and more importantly fewer buses to clog up the roadways, we enjoyed unabated views. Just goes to show, that sometimes the best places are off the beaten path.

Irish Adventures

As our flight took off in mid-May, I knew we would be embarking on a truly once in a lifetime trip. I had been dreaming of visiting Ireland for years. Ireland was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. It immediately felt like home, which only two generations prior it had been my family’s home. My grandmother had come to America from Ireland when she was a little girl.

Southern Grace

It’s mid-April, the weather is gorgeous and it’s time to take a trip with the wife to one of our favorite cities, Savannah, GA. Located about 2 hours south of Charleston, SC and 2 hours north of Jacksonville, FL, this quaint Southern city is a popular destination for many in the Southeast. The colonial style city is filled with parks and history.

Don’t Miss Your Life

I invite you to try an exercise with me. Close your eyes and picture a place you’ve always wanted to go. Picture what this place looks like. Is it a majestic mountain, a waterfall crashing upon the rocks below, or a city in some distant land? Next, think of what this place would smell like. Do hints of primrose and pine fill the air? Maybe it’s homemade Italian pasta and a bottle of old wine that saturate your senses. Lastly, what do you hear? Is French music playing? How about birds singing their happy songs as they go about their day? Or maybe the only sound for miles is your footsteps and the wind. Go ahead, close your eyes now, I’ll wait.

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