Today was our last day in Killarney. We went back in the Killarney National park and visited the Muckross House which is a large estate owned at one time by important people that I don't know and once had Queen Victoria sleep over at. We walked around the gardens and the rock garden to try to find some leprechauns and fairies. We didn't find them but I did find a whole skittles pack unopened....sooo possibly a leprechaun left it? We then took a little hike to a waterfall through the national park. The walk through the mountains was lovely but we have so many waterfalls in Hamilton that we are a bit spoiled and the waterfall was just sort of average in comparison really. Bennett enjoyed throwing rocks into it and climbing the green moss covered trees. We then went to a traditional farm sort of like a pioneer village type thing where they had old farmhouses that showed how people lived without water and electricity. Of course we saw lots of animals including pigs. Tyler was able to hold a piglet that was born only 3 days ago. It was so cute. We thought that would be the best moment of Bennett's life but there was also a bouncy castle there...so bouncy castle trumps pigs. Tyler was also able to catch a chicken which was fun to watch. We then had to drag Bennett away from the bouncy castles to drive further into the National Park which has windy narrows roads and cliffs that made me hold on for dear life a few times. We stopped at the Kissane Sheep farm which has over 3000 sheep that are scattered all over the mountainside farm. Bennett fed some sheep out of his hand and held some of the lamb. The best part was we watched a sheep herding demonstration. It was actually pretty incredible to watch the sheep dog herd the sheep so quickly from the mountainside. I bet Penny would be a great sheepdog. The farmer expects to have 1500 lamb born over the next few weeks and stays up all night to shoot and kill the red fox that is preying on his herd. I know it's sounds kind of lame but it might have been the highlight of the day. I mentioned to Tyler that I felt so bad for eating lamb because they are so cute. Clearly my guilt didn't last long since I had lamb for dinner..oops. We had dinner in a traditional Irish pub and finally found some live music!! The boys loved it and so did we! They were a bit cranky before dinner because they were tired and hungry but the music perked everyone up .
As a side note, Bennett's bad pirate experience has worked in our favor. Lately he has been pushing Clark for no reason so we told him that if he does it ever again the pirate will come back to see him. So far it has worked!