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While in college my oldest child studied in Ireland for a semester. This turned out to be a great excuse for many family members to visit her. One of the things we did was climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo on March 1, 2002. Definitely not the optimal day to do it but we were glad we did.

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  1. My dream vacation trip … a month in a cottage anywhere in rural Ireland with a rental car … lucky daughter getting a whole semester! Lucky parent snagging a trip over! Great snap!

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    • It was very cold, Paulita. Probably in the 30s. But it was our only chance so we bundled up in multiple sweaters and were on our way 🙂

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  2. Ireland is one of my favorite places, even though I’ve only been there “vicariously” through my eldest son. He lived there for several months in the mid-nineties, and took many photos. Some of them line the walls of my house, now!

    Thanks for reminding me that I really need to go there in person!

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  3. I so want to visit Ireland one day, and have a few family members who already have. I think it’s so neat that you got the chance to visit there and check it out.

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  4. I think we may have chatted about this before but Croagh Patrick is near where my Mom is from in Ireland and every summer we would do the pilgrimage climb up the mountain and attend Mass at the top. It is deceptive, isn’t it? It doesn’t look that step but the rocky terrain makes it challenging.

    You certainly had a bright, clear day for your climb!

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    • I know we talked about his a while ago. I think I’d prefer to make the climb in summer rather than winter! And yes, it’s a much harder climb than one would think. The flat smooth stones on the path were not easy especially near the top.

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  5. I suppose if one goes to a beautiful place for a semester, expect the family to show up! Someday I will get to visit Ireland.

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  6. The countryside looks so beautiful! I’m not much of a traveler but I have several friends who have been to Ireland and loved it. It’s too bad it was so cold but I’m sure now you are glad you got the chance to climb. I bet your toes and fingers weren’t too thrilled at the time though!

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  7. I once had a talk with a Starbucks barista would had just returned from an entire summer of touring Europe, like everywhere. When I asked her what was the nicest part of it all — she went on and on about Ireland! I’d love to go one day, and if I did, I would do a tour of all the mysterious “standing stones” [monoliths, and menhirs] that are literally all over the place, like M. Scott Peck did in his excellent book “In Search of Stones.”
    Plus, I would tour all the old pubs!
    Great pic!

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