Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dingle Peninsula - Annascaul

                  Map of Dingle Peninsula with portraits of local celebrities
                Playful paintings on a building of unknown purpose on way out to     Annascaul Lake

This would be my last day before Dingle Town where I continued on my previously planned route.  I had to cancel other B&Bs because they could only be reached by walking; buses only ran one day per week (giving a good idea of how isolated were the locations.)  Today was the first "Irish weather" day of rain & wind, but I, of course, loved it.

So after leaving Camp Junction, I took the bus to Annascaul where I spent the day hiking to Annascaul Lake. This is a "wee town" as the Irish would say, but which is famous for one of its past residents, Tom Crean, an Irish seaman who was a member of three major expeditions to Antartica including Scott's Terra Nova Expedition (ending in the death of Scott and his polar party) as well as Shackleton's Endurance expedition. After Shackleton's ship became stuck in the ice and sank, the crew spent months adrift on the ice and undertook a journey in lifeboats to Elephant Island. Upon reaching South Georgia, Crean was one of three who made the first land crossing without maps or proper mountaineering equipment. After these perilous voyages, he returned to his native town of Annascaul where he and his wife opened the South Pole Inn pub (photos to follow.)

I took comparatively short hike out to Annascaul Lake while enjoying the mist and listening to medieval music from the Camino.  Now eating pizza & maybe pub music later. Life is good. 
                       Statue of the explorer located in the village square.

                 Sign outside the restaurant/pub that Crean & his wife founded.
Photo of the explorer seen all over Dingle Peninsula.  There was also an entire exhibit dedicated to him at the Kerry County History Museum in Tralee, but I did not visit it.  Not enough time.

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