Day 9 – Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, and Shannon

“That it seems that it may turn out to be It feels that it will undoubtedly It looks like a rather blustery day, today It sounds that it may turn out to be Feels that it will undoubtedly Looks like a rather blustery day” – A Rather Blustery Day, Winnie the Pooh

Today truly was a rather blustery day.  The Cliffs of Moher are positioned on the west coast of Ireland on the North Atlantic Ocean.  The Cliffs are a classic shot in photos and videos of Ireland.  Mom and I were excited to get to enjoy the views.  On the way to the Cliffs, it was raining and cold still so we were all hoping that it would clear up so we could enjoy the view.  We rode a ferry across the River Shannon, in which dolphins were sighted during the crossing, and then continued on to the Cliffs of Moher.  The rain stopped, but the wind made up for it. It was cold and windy as we walked up the stairs to the top of the cliffs where an old castle ruin stood.  We got about half way up and Mom was miserable.  I suggested we go back down to the visitor center because the wind was blowing her all over the place.  She defiantly said, “I want to go to the castle!”  So, we did.  It was just a tower at the top of the cliff with a small archway on the side.  When attempting to walk through the archway, it focused all of the wind and even made me feel like I was going to fall over.  I got Mom around to the back side of the tower so she could rest out of the wind for a few minutes before we made the trek back down. I had an empty cup from hot chocolate that I had put in the pocket of the book bag since there were no trash cans on the cliffs.  It blew out and swirled all over the place.  I gave up trying to catch it until the wind caught it and right inside the cup and show it like a rocket toward the wall where a pregnant lady on our trip was posing for a picture.  BAM!  It popped into the wall just a few feet from her.  I chased the cup for the next couple of minutes while Mom laughed at me in her little wind shelter.  I took several pictures of Mom laughing so hard she was crying.  On the trip up the cliffs, the wind was to our backs.  On the walk down it was blowing straight into our faces.  It made for some unsteady walking so I had Mom hold onto me while we walked down so she wouldn’t lose her balance and fall.  We finally made it down to the visitor center out of the wind to rest.