We actually landed early in Dublin this morning… 5:00am early! Daylight Saving Time in the US and here in Ireland aren’t quite in synch for another few weeks, so in reality it was 1:00am for us. No sleep on the plane saw more than a few yawns as we grabbed our bags and headed off to the rental car counter.
Knowing that we couldn’t check in to our Dublin city center hotel until early afternoon, we decided to seize the bonus opportunity to explore and wandered off into the Wicklow Mountains. Just south of Dublin, it doesn’t take long to get into the wilds of windswept and desolate bogland, and we made the best of our morning spent there.
We were in and out of the fast-moving clouds as we traversed what pass as roads here in Ireland, where back in the US they might… and I mean might… be wide enough to be considered a bike path. Seriously… though spectacularly beautiful, the country roads here can be incredibly narrow, making for an exciting ride at times.
A huge full Irish breakfast in a little village called Glendalough lifted the spirits tremendously, and Sam got to experience the big deal that is tea and toast… yum, yum. And then off to Dublin for St. Paddy’s Day…