Today I walked 9 miles round-trip to Bray Head lookout. This was quite a hike for me, as I am not a “walker” naturally but I was determined to see Bray Head.
Because this is Ireland, the weather changes quite rapidly and being on the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) makes it all that more capricious; starting with blue skies at 10 am. By the time I got to the bridge it was clouding over quickly. When I stepped onto the bridge, it began to shower. By the time I was in the middle of the bridge I was being pelted with light hail and a wicked wind. When I reached the other side, the rain was just a mist and the wind, a breeze. Now wet, the choice was, go back, get dry, and hang out in the rec room – nope, not an option; so, onward and upward.
The day was improving by the minute; clouds now fluffy white with a small breeze. Lovely things to look at on the narrow asphalt road. Stopped to pet a friendly horse (up and back); picked and ate some blackberries growing wild; and, inhaled the fresh, cool Atlantic wind. Ahhhhh
And, clicked off one of my bucket list items: The place where the Trans-Atlantic Cable terminated.
From Wikipedia: A transatlantic telegraph cable is an undersea cable running under the Atlantic Ocean used for telegraph communications. The first was laid across the floor of the Atlantic from Telegraph Field, Foilhommerum Bay, Valentia Island in western Ireland to Heart’s Content in eastern Newfoundland. The first communications occurred August 16, 1858, reducing the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days – the time it took to deliver a message by ship – to a matter of minutes. The South Atlantic was crossed between 1873 and 1874 with a three-phases cable running from Carcavelos beach, in Portugal, to Madeira and then Cape Verde, and from there to Recife, in Brazil. Transatlantic telegraph cables have been replaced by transatlantic telecommunications cables
This link takes you to an interesting sidebar about the owner of the property: http://www.thejournal.ie/valentia-island-cable-sale-1005153-Jul2013/
Now I am in sight of Bray Head, up, up, up the road.
I pass a man tending sheep and ask a question that I’ve not had an answer to – why do the sheep have paint on their butt and backs and numbers on their sides. He explained that several farmers may graze on the same land and this is similar to branding cattle, but much more humane; and the numbers written on the sheep are to tell which ewe and lamb belong together. Boy, oh boy, this day just keeps getting better and better. But the best is yet to come, at the top of the hill in the parking area. This is what I see: Obviously something interesting is happening here and I want a piece of this action …
Google map crew is here with people from “Wild Atlantic Way”and they are mapping Bray Head and it is expected to be on-line in February.
Wild Atlantic Way (Click here to follow the link)
So, since they are allowing these people to try on the gear and take photos, I step up and get my photo taken wearing the (heavier than it looks) Google Mapping Camera.
So, now I am sitting at the picnic table talking with the “WAW” crew who tell me that next week, Star Wars will be filming on Skellig Michael. And, when had I planned to go to Skellig Michael …. you got it …. next week. What a BONUS DAY!