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We drove through Connemara today (as meta mentioned in her blog, the Aran Islands were cancelled on the account of morning being early). We had to dodge a lot of sheep as we looped the region (from Galway and back), but it was worth it. It surprises me how each of the peninsulas on the west side of Ireland has very different geography; I'll have to rely on the photos to properly demonstrate the variations. Connemara has these mountains that jut straight up from black lakes below. The valleys are wide, though, so driving around them is easy.

Connemara is covered in bog land. I didn't have a good idea of what bogs were before, other than they were wet. It turns out that they look like bumpy grass that's quite squishy. Scattered about the bogs were blocks of peat that the locals had cut out of the bog to dry, possibly to use as fuel. Its rather neat to think that you can literally cut blocks out of the soil. We learned a lot about the development of bogs in Connemara when we visited the Connemara National Park, which is in the northwest part of the peninsula.

We're headed to Dublin tomorrow to turn in our rental car; hopefully we won't lose too much of our deposit on some hubcap 'scrapes' that we collected. As I've said before, driving here is not for the faint of heart. Even being a passenger can be panicking.

Related Entries:
- Kylemore Abbey
- Connemara National Park
- Galway II

The photo gallery mostly contains examples of drive-by tourism. If the pictures seemed blurred right to left or has reflections on top of it, it was taken as the car was moving. It was raining on-and-off as we drove around, so I wasn't always able to roll the window down.

Connemara Photo Gallery (40 photos)

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meta:

It's a pity we weren't able to hike actually *in* the bog. It would become immediately evident what a bog is once your foot sinks into an innocuous-looking hump of grass and soaks your socks. The Cuillin Hills were boggy and damn fun (between bouts of nausea).

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