K. and I ventured on our own to this place I had read about – the town of Killarney and its adjoining national park of the same name. What at first was going to be a regular weekend trip turned into a very magical experience.

Killarney National Park was wet and cloud-covered the days we were there. Our first day was spent hiking around – we found a small tower and wandered through  the copse and clearings and forests.

Our second day, we rented bicycles and took a narrow mountain highway (even through a tunnel that could really only hold one car at a time) and found ourselves in the Gap of Dunloe. We biked up and up to the peak – we even had to walk our bikes for the last part – and then enjoyed a smooth, winding passage through the gap.

Along our way, we passed sheep and horses and a mountain stream. We took a cab back to Killarney town to turn the bikes in on time.