Today we took a long drive to County Clare to see the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. I've been doing all of the driving, and I am getting pretty comfortable on the left side of the road (although the narrowness of the roads I will never get used to.) The weather held out at the cliffs, and we had great views. We even saw puffins and whales. On the way back from the cliffs, we drove into the Burren and took a short hike. The landscape is otherworldly—it is a karst landscape "composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks known as "grikes", leaving isolated rocks called "clints." The limestones, which date from the Visean stage of the Lower Carboniferous, formed as sediments in a tropical sea approximately 325 million years ago. The strata contain fossil corals, crinoids, sea urchins and ammonites. This bed of limestone is up to 800 meters thick." (Wikipedia)
The Ireland portion of my trip was both a continuation of Calvin and Octavia's journey, but also a bit of a vacation. We spent a week in County Mayo with my family to celebrate my father's 70th birthday, but also to meet my husband's extended family, who live in the area. It was the first time for me to meet many of them, as well as the first time for them to meet our daughter. We are also planning on taking several day trips, and today we drove to Connemara and the coast, which was stunningly beautiful.