We didn't believe we could do it. But it's Ireland, and so we did.
Two days of touring, sunup to sundown. Over 300 miles in the magical Stackmobile, in which the travel music, candy and jokes (oh, the jokes!) provide an almost irreconcilable contrast to the views. How do these even go together? The combination is ultimately utterly perfect.
We started out in the Gap of Dunloe, a valley cut by glaciers in County Kerry. In between hopping in and out of the car to catch breathtaking views as the frigid wind whipped our faces, there was a sheep-chasing incident (they are such uncooperative models) which resulted in a lot of photos of wooly backsides.
And now a pause for a random moment of bliss. A latte and a fruited scone at a Buddhist retreat tucked away in the Beara Peninsula overlooking the ocean.
But the mist falls heavily as the light begins to fade, and we have one last run to make, up the Healy Pass, a famine road connecting Cork and Kerry Counties. As darkness falls and little lights wink on in the isolated farms nestled in these hills, I feel again the tears mixing with frigid mist and wind on my face. So beautiful, so unspoiled. A lovely day.