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WARNING! : The following posts are not necessarily in chronological order or written immediately following the events which they detail!
June 18 Seattle, Washington (USA) to Toronto Canada
June 18-19 Toronto Canada to Dublin Ireland
June 19 Dublin Airport to Bus Eireann Depot
Dublin Bus Eireann to Sligo (get off at Castlebaldwin stop)
Castlebaldwin stop, walk 1.5 kilometer to Towerhill Bed and Breakfast. http://www.towerhillfarmhouse.com/
The walk was a long one on the side of a very busy highway – speeds of 100 Kph allowed by law –
When I arrived I was exhausted and sweating from hauling my suitcase full backpack and laptop shoulderbag.
I met Muriel, the owner and email contact about halfway up the meandering drive. She was wearing a paper mask as she sprayed some kind of weed killer to the edges of her paved driveway. Later she explained that this was necessary to keep the weeds from growing on the driveway itself and that if allowed to do so they would break up the pavement and repaving would become necessary and expensive.
Thank you so much for your caring and helpfulness! My stay at Towerhill was very enjoyable and suited my needs perfectly.
Your B+B is appointed in good taste and with comfort in mind. My bed was exceptionally comfortable.
The breakfasts you served me were generous in quantity and extremely tasty and filling. Your homemade fruit bread –“crack” I think you called it was delightful!
I also very much appreciated your willingness to give me a lift twice – to the bank and to Sligo town for the bus!
The bus worked out very well. I was able to store my bags with the friendly and helpful front desk person at the Glass House Hotel. I think she may have thought I had been staying there because I came in from the restaurant rather than from the street – but perhaps they are willing to do this for the sake of goodwill.
I wanted to leave you a small token of my appreciation for your hospitality, so I left for you a small sachet of Washington State grown lavender, and for Ivan, a key chain from a State government office near where I live. They are small things but I hope they, in a small way, show my great appreciation!
PS I will include a link to Towerhill B+B website on my blog in hopes that this will create greater visibility for your business on the internet (unless you prefer I do not).
I stayed at Towerhill B+B because from what I could tell from Google Maps it was very close to a place called Carrowkeel a Megalithic site nearby.
Here are some pictures from the 5000+ year old passage “tombs”. There are fourteen of these. I went to four. One of them is aligned with the setting sun on Summer Solstice – the day I was there. The clouds did not allow direct sun on the 20th of June 2012 but it was still a truly amazing place.
This picture shows the road sign for Carrowkeel and Sathya Sai ( a retired donkey sanctuary ). In the distance you can see one of the fourteen cairns that are considered tombs on the top of the ridge. It really sticks out as a man made feature.
Here is a shed I passed when I made a wrong turn on the way up to the ridge
Cool old tractor still in working condition also seen after a wrong turn.
Here is the road as it approaches the amazing area of Carrowkeel. Following pictures of a cairn are of the one on top of the ridge on the right.
This picture is from the cairn looking down. The automobile in the upper center of the image is roughly where the previous picture was taken.
This pic is taken from the same spot as the alst except 180 degrees. This is the opening to the “tomb”. Another very large cairn is seen on top of the ridge across the valley.
This is a small opening. Claustraphobia has never been a big trouble of mine though I was feeling a bit as I squeezed into this one.
Here is my pack sitting in the opening – taken from inside. Now you may be thinking – SPOOKY – and it was kinda. I was by myself – no one else on the ridge where I was – but outside theweather was SPOOKIER! Thunderstorm and big wind gusts and pelting rain began right about as i took this picture.
When I got in and let my eyes adjust and got up my courage a bit I started feeling around the moist crevices and cracks between the rocks. I found some candles – partly burned and a very old and moldy package of incense (box said imported from India) which I lighted with a bit of trouble – but it WORKED! It is really hard to get a sense of what the interior of this place was like from the pictures. It wasn’t big but it was big enough for a couple of people comfortably. The air inside warmed appreciably from my body heat and the burning candles. Thanks ancestors – 5000 years ago!