Today was a big driving day. The most popular thing to do in the Killarney area is the "Ring of Kerry" which is an eight hour drive around a coast. There is no way we could do that with the kids so we opted to drive around the dingle peninsula (which some people say they prefer and it is much shorter).
We drove from Killarney to Dingle which was about an hour drive. Dingle is a small town on the Atlantic coast. It, like most towns we have been in, have rows of brightly colored shops but what makes this one different is that is has a pier and harbor with a famous resident. A wild dolphin, named Fungie, has lived in the ocean near the pier for over 30 years and was discovered because it started to escort fishing boats in and out of the harbour. We took a boat out into the harbour and started searching for the dolphin. We have had pretty good weather while we have been in Ireland, haven't really had any rain. But that changed today and of course was the worst the second we got onto the boat. The wind and rain was blowing into our face but still the boys (including Tyler) were dealing with it pretty well. After about 15 minutes we spotted Fungie swimming through the water, he would do a little jump out of the water and then would disappear and the skipper would drive them boat around a little more to find him again and the same thing would happen. The trip was supposed to be about an hour, but at around 45 minutes we had seen enough of it really. It's was nice and all but getting a bit old given the weather sucked and the boys (including Tyler) were getting a bit cranky. It seemed like the skipper was going to turn around and head back to shore but instead he went along to find the dolphin again and I quote Tyler "no, no, for the love of god, no more, it looks the same every time!". The trip went on for another 45 minutes. We finally landed back to shore and it was time for some Murphys ice cream. This ice cream place uses milk from the cows in the county and even makes there own sea salt from the Dingle waters. It was yummy and well since it was all locally made, it was basically healthy for you so I gave Clark his first taste of ice cream and it's safe to say he loved it. No mothers, this does not mean you can feed him whatever you want yet. We headed on our way to do the coastal drive along the Atlantic Ocean around the peninsula and made a few stops along the way. We stopped at a beach and picked sea shells and a few times to take pictures of the sharp cliffs, islands and rolling mountains and hills that were covered in sheep and cow. I followed along with the history attached to different stone buildings, sculptures and ruins. This area has became more popular since the new Star Wars movies have been filming ever. Clark slept the entire way (which was about 2.5 hours) while Bennett joined us for every second of it. It's hard to describe and the pictures don't look as good as it did in person. We headed back to Killarney (which took another hour) and by that time everyone was ready to get out of the car. Our hotel has an awesome indoor jungle gym area so the kids used up some energy there. We went out for dinner tonight but since it's Good Friday, all the pubs were closed the the restaurants couldn't serve alcohol. In terms of food, we have tried to have all the traditional Irish meals. So far we have had lamb stew, beef and Guinness stew, bangers and mash, chicken curry pie, roast beef. Everything comes with a side of potatoes though!! We have eaten so many potatoes. Even if you order a lasagna it comes with a side of fries! I'm not really complaining but my waistline is for sure.