Today is our last day of the Irish countryside. We started off by heading to a cave. We walked down 80ft and through a series of tunnels to reach the main attraction which was a giant stalactite which basically looks like a giant icicle hanging from the ceiling of a cave (it's made of calcium carbonate and is about 24 feet tall) I know it sounds pretty lame but was actually quite interesting. We were told we would have to leave the cave if the kids cried because the vibrations of the cry could cause it to fall...so gladly they didn't but also it seemed very unlikely that a cry could do this as they used to have a band playing down there. We then went back to the coast to drive the narrow winding roads to our final destination which was Galway city. To the left we had the Atlantic ocean but there was also a new landscape for this part of the drive. The area is called "the burren" and used to be the bottom of the ocean 325 million years ago but now looks like huge area covered in large flat limestone rocks with huge cracks in between. We pulled over and walked about the rocks for a bit, Bennett enjoyed jumping over the cracks. We then jumped back in the car and stopped at the Fanore beach which had golden sand and sand dunes. I was hoping to play in the same a bit but it was too windy for Bennett to enjoy the area. We made another stop at Flaggy shores which was a small peninsula covered in rocks some of which have fossils and markings on them from millions of years ago (such as a sea urchin fossil embedded in a rock). We then went around the corner to a small seaside fishing village for lunch at a lobster bar. Right outside the restaurant you can watch a fishing boat come in and out to bring the fresh fish to the restaurant. Bennett and Tyler were able to watch a little boy catch a crab. Lunch was awesome. We had crab cakes, crab claws in butter, smoked salmon, prawns, mussels, and clams. I think it has been my favorite meal so far. We then went to an ice cream shop at a nearby dairy farm. The old Irish farmer who owned it came to talk to us but his accent was so thick we barely understood what he was saying. We were on our way again and went to a nature sanctuary. Bennett had been saying he wasn't feeling well (and we weren't sure if we should believe him) but when he didn't even want to see the pigs there we knew something was up. He did eventually play a bit but we soon left and made it to our hotel in Galway city. He has a fever but seemed to feel better after some medication. We will see how our last few days ago.
As a side note we have learned about some new sports . We have seen a bunch of different people holding sticks that sort of look like lacrosse stick thing crossed with a baseball bat. We finally stopped someone to ask what spot it was and apparently a very popular sport is called "Hurling". We will have to YouTube this.