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Drops of Jupiter

Ring of Kerry


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When we were walking the Cliffs of Moher a couple of days ago, we passed a teenage girl that was complaining to her mom in a C sharp voice (that's a friendly description of 'high-pitched', although I have no clue as to whether or not it's musically accurate) that she "hasn't even gotten to see any rainbows!". Insert large frowning face. Poor thing. Apparently we just have too much sunshine in Ireland. I must say, the blue skies and nice weather that Ireland has been raving about have been quite pleasurable. If you want a rainbow, love, we'll need a bit of rain.

With a set of (mostly) dry clothes for each of us, we decided to venture out to Dingle Peninsula, which is just above the Ring of Kerry. The books advise against seeing this part of the country on dark and rainy days, as the radiance of the blue sea and green countryside don't live up to their reputation without the backing of the sun. The sun was high in the sky for us and I was in the height of my glory running with my camera down the skinny little coastal road taking pictures, as there was no room for Luke to pull over and park. He'd let me out and then come pick me up again down the road. My blue Chuck Taylors served me well! J ran with me on a couple of occasions as my self-proclaimed squire to help with lenses and enjoy the view. Under the warm sun, the grass was glowing, the waves were sparkling, and we were in awe at what we were seeing. There were big white clouds scattered throughout the sky and we drove underneath one that must have just been starting to overflow, because as we did, small drops of rain hit our windshield. And with rain comes the rainbows. I was happy with a single rainbow showcasing ROYGBIV over the water while Drops of Jupiter played on the radio. It was quite fitting.

After it disappeared, we went through a crazy 30 second storm with vertical black sheets that made me cringe as we prepared to drive into it. It hit as hard as the sky warned that it would but left a triple rainbow - yes, that's 3 in a row! - glowing for just a moment after it was finished. We've never seen anything like it. 1.2.3. Beautiful.

We made pizzas here at the house tonight and have spent the evening inside listening to the rain pour on the water beside us. We were excited for a moment, high-fiving, when Luke conquered Turbo's alphabet code and dried our wettest piece of clothing! That's needed, as we are hitting the road tomorrow for a new home. We excitedly took the remains of the near-dry items that were sitting next to me by the fire and figured we'd dry them with the same alphabet code so that everything would be done. A bit later, Luke came out with a heap of sopping wet clothing, glaring eyes, and feisty fists. Turbo - 2. Us - 1.

Time for bedtime and rainfall. Now that she's back in the atmosphere with drops of jupiter in her hair...

Posted by akgearhard 03:12 Archived in Ireland

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