January 21st, 2015
Today we went on a “bog” hike (we had no idea what that meant at first) with a tour guide named Dave Hogan, a local expert on the geology and history of the Connemara area. Before we left on the hike, he told us that the best way to learn and understand the history of an area is to understand the geology. We all packed on a bus and went in the direction of Clifden, stopping at various hills and ocean side views to look at historical ruins. We passed a castle ruin, an old church (the Church of the 7 Sisters), neolithic grave sites, and walked along the beach in Cleggan.
Dave’s extensive knowledge of the geology and history of Connemara really made us all think a bit more about the history of the area we would be living in the next four months. It was difficult to wrap our minds around how the work that was done thousands of years ago was present and preserved still. It was also fascinating to learn how to recognize that a pile of rocks or random stone wall ruin we may have casually passed on a hike could hold such historical significance.
Today was one of the first big hiking trips we have done since we have been here. We didn’t even really get that far outside of Tully Cross, and the views were absolutely stunning. Knowing that these landscapes, trails, and historical landmarks were right within our town was exciting and we want to venture out again. And a special thanks to Dave!
Tired from the hike and perhaps still feeling the consequences from last night’s pool tournament, we feasted on cheeseburgers and chips (garlic mayo is a thing and it is good craic) and napped for the rest of the day. Solid Wednesday, for sure. “Jiving night” (essentially partner line dancing) tomorrow at Sammons – updates soon.