The Busy, Busy Summer

I am FINALLY back at home after some traveling and another Kilt Kamp.  Frank and I spent two weeks in Ireland earlier in July, and then, after one day at home, I left for Barb Tewksbury’s and Steve Ashton’s Kilt Kamp at Hamilton College.  I’m back, and ready to get going with what I’ve learned.

First, though, a word about Ireland.  We were on a Road Scholar trip, and we visited Kerry, Galway, Donegal, the Dingle Peninsula, and Dublin.  It was fabulous–I felt like we saw a lot more than we might have if we had been on our own, and the people on the trip were very friendly and fun to be with.  It all started out a bit rocky though:  there was a gas explosion at a laundry adjacent to our first hotel (as we later learned), and we were jolted out of bed at 6:20 AM by a really loud bang from this.  Frank and I got out of the hotel right away (alarms went off straight away) and stood across the street with our group waiting to see what was actually going on.  Some people were not able to get out of their rooms because the door frames had shifted, and firefighters had to free them.  No one in the hotel was injured but the owner of the laundry was killed.  We were taken to a nearby hotel for breakfast and then a debriefing about the incident.  We did actually continue with the tour plans that morning, although we were a bit late getting going.  A couple of folks had to get some clothes so that they wouldn’t be touring in their pajamas, but we were all fine.  It was quite a beginning, but we had a perfect time after that one morning.  The weather was hot and dry- no rain for the entire time.  We saw some fabulous scenery, lots of historic sights, and lots of fun things to do.  Here’s a small sample:

These are just a few pictures:  the Hotel in Killarney that sustained the explosion (visible in the alley) Frank at the Cliffs of Moher, and a view of the Aran Islands.  This was just such a fabulous trip—I can’t write just a bit.  It would take quite a while to show all of what we saw.
So, now I am back to work, and school starts in a few weeks.  I have a couple of things to get done, then Quechee Scottish Festival on the 24th.  See you there!!