We’re back from our incredible honeymoon at Sandals in St. Lucia! Here are some video highlights.
Just went on the trip of a lifetime – a ten day long tour of Ireland with the love of my life… and came back engaged!
It was on the second to last full day of our trip when I proposed. We had taken a boat out Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, and biked our way out to the "Man of Aran Cottage" where we stayed for the night. Man of Aran is modeled after the old fashioned thatched roof cottages that were once common in Ireland, but was actually built in the 1930's for the documentary "Man of Aran".
Arriving at the cottage via bike
Our view while we enjoyed some wine in the backyard
Joe Watty's – best pub on the island
Walking up the trail to Dun Aengus, an ancient fort built around 900BC alongside an extremely high cliff… and where I proposed.
Kelly lovingly scaring the sh*t out of me
I could see the headlines – "Woman falls off cliff to her death seconds before boyfriend proposes"…
Fortunately she stepped far away enough from cliff where I could feel safe enough to get down on one knee and ask her to marry me.. and SHE SAID YES!!!
After we got back I did some reading about the place and learned that the name Dun Aengus translates to Fort of Aengus. Aeungus was the pre-Christian god of love, youth and poetic inspiration. The myth says he had four birds flying about his head, which supposedly is where the xxxx's symbolizing kisses at the end of love letters come from. Cool!
Couldn't be happier!
A few friends and I spent the weekend in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine. I was blown away by the scenery and never thought something like that was so close to me here in New England.
If you haven’t been to Acadia National Park, make the trip. It doesn’t get the publicity some of the larger parks out west do, but it’s just as impressive. One tip: if you go, drive the loop just after sunrise. This way you’ll miss the crowds and have the park to yourself.
The single most impressive/mind blowing sunrise I’ve ever seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain -one of the first spots in America to see the sun rise each morning.
The sunsets weren’t half-bad either. We enjoyed it from a 3-mast schooner.
One disappointment – there aren’t many moose strolling around on the coast of Maine.. at least not at Acadia National Park. To make up for this sad fact we swung by the Maine Wildlife Park on the way home and finally, after 26 years of life, I finally saw one.
My brother Kevin and I took the weekend to drive up to what we were told was Moose Country – the Great North Woods region of northern New Hampshire. We stopped at a few spots in the White Mountains along the way. While no moose were ever found, we still had a great time.
This past weekend my friends and I drove to Taconic State Park in New York for our first major hike of the year. We took the South Taconic Trail, which brought us along the top of Brace Mountain and then over to Mount Frissel, Connecticut’s highest point.
It was a steep climb when we first started off but the views were rewarding. From the top of Brace Mountain we could see clear across the Hudson Valley and even as far as the Catskill Mountains. At the top we came across three paragliders who were having a bit of trouble due to the strong winds. We stuck around about 20 minutes or so to watch a launch only to see the guy spin upside down and then crash into the bushes – a firm reminder why I avoid doing that sort of thing.
From the top of Brace Mountain we continued on for about another 2.5 miles along the ridgeline towards Mt. Frissell, the highest point in Connecticut. The peak of Mt. Frissell is actually in Massachusetts, but the south slop lies across the Connecticut line and is slightly higher than Bear Mountain, the highest peak in the state.
It wasn’t the most enjoyable part of the hike. Along the way the trail dipped down a bit and suddenly we were walking through a foot of melting snow. We made a quick stop at the tri-state marker and at the CT high point before eating a late lunch and heading back towards Brace Mountain for a few more great views of the Hudson Valley.
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