Dingle All the Way
GAELIC GETAWAY, CHAPTER 15: IN WHICH WE FIND THE TOOTH FAIRY
Day 16: Cahirsiveen to Dingle. After breakfast at the hotel, we filled up the car at the petrol station conveniently located across the street. When we asked about a refrigerator at check-in last night, we were given a free upgrade to a suite but its refrigerator was unplugged. Unfortunately, in his eagerness to offer us food preservation convenience, the innkeeper cranked down the fridge's temperature to its lowest setting. This morning all our food was frozen solid, so we were happy to see a SuperValu market attached to the gas station. After replacing enough food for lunch, we headed east toward the mainland and Tralee, our intended destination for yesterday.
|Dingle All the Way|
Back east we went and re-entered Caherciveen just before 11 a.m. As we drove through town this time, Ken noticed a dentist office on the main street. This discovery was very meaningful to him because he developed an abscess on his gum a few days ago. When he discovered it, we communicated by phone with our dentist at home, who advised Ken to take the round of Amoxicillin which we had in our bag of meds and massage the gum in an effort to dislodge any foreign matter, presumably a particle of food lodged between the gum and the tooth.
|The tooth fairy, Dr. Riordan|
The fee was a fraction of what we would have paid in the U.S.—$45 for the examination and x-ray and a prescription grade mouthwash. Our peace of mind greatly improved, we returned to the car and continued on our way back east. Within a couple of hours, what we assume was the offending particle made its way out of Ken's gum. Hooray for Dr. Riordan!
|Killorglin students walk and talk... and eat|
|Leprechaun's treasure ahead|
|The sandy, shell-covered Inch Beach|
On the way to Dingle, the road hung over the water along the hillsides in the style of California's Big Sur and the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Even under the overcast skies, the scenery was pretty spectacular.
|Dingle's beautiful coastal highway|
Even though it is home to one of the least forested landscapes in Europe, Ireland is able to host woodland species of birds, insects and even mammals in mature hedgerows. Hedgerows also provide wildlife corridors, linking woodland habitats and allowing species to travel from one to another.
Near Dingle, we stopped at Lispole on the shore of Dingle Bay to check out the ruins of Minard Castle, a 16th century Fitzgerald tower house dominating a small hillock over a rocky storm beach piled with rounded sandstone boulders. Attacked by Cromwell's army in 1650, the four-story castle was reduced to three precarious levels, now closed to visitors due to widening fissures in its walls.
- Started in Caherciveen, ended in Dingle
- Mileage - 94 (Trip total: 5,801)
- Weather - 53° to 57°, cloudy, rain
- Sunrise - 8:42, Sunset - 4:26
WEDNESDAY, 16 DECEMBER, 2015
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|Inch Beach ambassador|
|Storm beach near Minard Castle|