Celtic Discovery

    Day 1

    Day 1 - March 24, 2004 - Flight from Denver to Atlanta on to Shannon

    We departed from Denver on Delta at 12:45 for Atlanta and then to Ireland at 7:05. Pikes Peak parking was horrible - we had to wait over 30 minutes for a bus - people were...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - March 25, 2004 – On to Shannon - Tour Ennis

    After an uneventful flight we landed at Shannon and we were surprised – this is a small airport - about 1/3 the size of Colorado Springs.

    The customs form was the simplest we have ever seen. First...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - March 26, 2004 - The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren

    We were up by 7 AM even though the jet lag hit us at 2:00 AM. Wide awake and no sleep. By 4 PM I was sleeping soundly!

    Breakfast was quite good with Gennie and I choosing...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - March 27, 2004 - Hunt Museum and Bunratty Castle

    We were up at 7 AM and had a smarter, lighter breakfast - just fruit, juice and toast. We returned to our room to finish yesterday’s log and then went outside to talk to the early morning group...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - March 28, 2004 - Overland to Doneraile and Carrigaline Explore Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone

    It was dark today when the alarm went off at 7 AM but we will get that extra hour of daylight back this afternoon. Everyone had their suitcases out early and Jerry and I...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - March 29, 2004 - Midleton to Jameson Heritage Center to Cobh

    Our day began at 7 AM. We had a light breakfast - our choosing - at the hotel buffet from a wide variety of eggs, meats, cheeses, and fruit. We had a later morning again today,...

    Day 7

    Day 7 - March 30, 2004 - Kinsale and Charles Fort

    Even though we did not have to leave until 9:30 today, we still got up at 7:00 and went to breakfast with the group. This is a punctual group and again today, everyone is ready to go on time....

    Day 8

    Day 8 - March 31, 2004 - Cruise to Garnish Island - Explore Glengarriff - Drive to Killarney

    We had our suitcases out and in the lobby at 8 AM as we went to breakfast. Today is a travel day so we said goodbye to the nice folks of County...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - April 1, 2004 - Muckross Estate

    For the first time in Ireland, we woke up to actual rain. It is dark and wet this morning but this is what makes Ireland so green.

    Our breakfast in the sun room (none today) was delightful. We had home baked...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - April 2, 2004 - Dingle Peninsula Touring - Sightseeing Day

    We woke up to a sunny morning and had our breakfast with the group and we were off to Dingle and the coast by 9 AM.

    The drive was a bit bumpy and we are in the...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - April 3, 2004 - Ross Castle and Killarney Lakes.

    Today we had a late departure time but the alarm went off at 7 AM, as usual, and we joined a few of the early risers for breakfast. We had not written yesterday’s journal so we did that...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - April 4, 2004 - Ring of Kerry - Sightseeing

    After a nice leisurely Sunday breakfast we met the rest of our group for a driving tour of the Ring of Kerry. Jerry brought the van to pick us all up at 9 AM, a partly sunny morning...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - April 5, 2004 - Kerry the Kingdom - Adare

    Our last day in Ireland was a bit cloudy but our breakfast in the sun room was warm and cheerful. While I did a few adjustments on my photo journal, Gennie paid the bill and gave our hostess...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - April 6, 2004 - Flight From Shannon to Atlanta, Atlanta to Denver

    Like the rest of the days on this wonderful Ireland trip, we were up at 7 AM. After showering, dressing and packing, we went downstairs for breakfast. We were in the same room, same table...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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