Globetrotting…Or Just Plain Trotting

I suppose leaving the country once to visit another English-speaking country doesn’t exactly make us globetrotters, but I’ll use it anyway.  We’re just classy like that.  Here are some pictures of trips we’ve gone on over the past few years.  Nothing too adventurous, but still fun experiences.

 

IRELAND:

In March 2011 we visited the Emerald Isle.  We started in the Connemara region, headed north to Northern Ireland, and then back south to end in Galway.  We had so much fun, and it doesn’t hurt that the trip was free.  Yeah you read that right.  Free.  I won it from a really great Irish pub in Raleigh, called the Hibernian.  And here we go:

Ireland in March is cold and rainy

Town of Clifden in the Connemara region

On the beach!

On our way out of Connemara, heading up to Belfast

Stopped for a "quick hike" that ended up being a lot more treacherous than we expected.

Crossing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland

At The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

The walled city of Derry-- this is a view from on top of the wall looking out.

Galway on Saint Patrick's Day

Our last meal in Ireland

 

 

Adirondacks/ Lake Placid, NY

In June 2010 one of my closest friends was getting married in upstate NY.  The wedding was located in a small city about an hour south of Canada, where she and the groom live.  I was super excited about spending several days with her before the wedding.  Since Hunter was coming too, we decided to make it a week-long excursion and spend a few days in the Adirondacks before the wedding festivities began.  We stayed in Lake Placid, which is a beautiful resort town located in the northeast part of the Adirondack mountains.

The main street in Lake Placid, full of shops and restaurants

Outer Banks, NC

In April 2010 we took a short trip to the Outer Banks.  It was the first time I had been since my 8th grade trip, so this time was much different than last.  For starters, we didn’t have hired security on the floor making sure that we didn’t leave our room.  Ahh sweet freedom!  Anyhoo, we stayed in Nags Head, because its the shortest drive from Raleigh, and took little day trips to explore other parts of the banks.

An evening stroll in Nags Head

Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head is the tallest natural sand dune system on the east coast. Its a fun place to visit, but be prepared to walk a long distance and uphill in sand.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Manteo

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla. We'd heard so much about the wild horses in Corolla, so we were kind expecting to just see them hanging out around this lighthouse, but as you can see that didn't happen. The lighthouse and the grounds were beautiful, though.

Blammo! The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It's a beast of a lighthouse.

Unfortunately, the lighthouse isn't open in April, so we didn't get to climb it.

My favorite-- Ocracoke Island Lighthouse. Ocracoke is a neat island. It's only accessible by ferry...I happen to think the ferry ride is half the fun. Once we got there, we ditched our car and rented bikes for exploring.

OBX is windy and Hunter doesn't pass up a chance to pretend to be in a boy band.

The time we had to pay to go to Ireland:

Coming soon!

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