As I sit at my desk, I look at many quotes taped to the desk bookshelf.
“Don't put your dreams in a drawer.”
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.”
“Normal day-let me be aware of the treasure you are.”
“A brave heart is a powerful weapon.”
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what has been woven into the lives of others.”
Take your pick. Our experiences of the past almost two years has encompassed all of these thoughts. My hope is that you have discovered strengths you did not know you had and with that discovery, you have coped.
We did manage to travel in August and September, 2021. Certainly Covid and multiple testing added a new challenge to travel but three groups managed and stayed healthy. We were welcomed in Ireland and Portugal with "we are so glad to have you back". And, we were glad to be there and we felt safe!
Travel adjustments were made. We kept pushing the trips to later dates as the EU began to open. Because the UK was late in opening, we replaced the North Ireland trip with a week in Dublin of exploring the city and countryside. Returning to Ireland in late August, we enjoyed hiking the Atlantic coast of Dingle and had a big bonus --a morning spent on Blasket Island. The Greenmount House welcomed us with their wonderful hospitality and on their terrace we were treated to a private musical concert by Cormac Begley with his concertinas. The first week of September found us on the largest of the Azores islands: Sao Miguel. An archipelago of volcanic islands located 1,000 miles off the Portugal coast, the Azores were a stopping off place for the early Portuguese and Spanish explorers. We saw volcanic calderas that are now huge lakes of blue and green, ate a lunch cooked for 6 hours in a large pot in a thermal hole in the earth and had an amazing morning of dolphin and whale watching. Hard to beat these combinations!
So, about 2022: We will be returning to Ireland. The first week of June we return to Dingle in the Irish Republic followed by a week in Antrim, Northern Ireland. A September trip takes us to the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales. These are coastal walks along the Irish Sea out of the village of St. Davids, Wales. This is a return to the place where the KDavis Travels adventure began in 1993!
I would love to have you come with me!