July 11, 2006
When you reach the top, chances are the wind will be blowing. How hard depends once again on the weather. We’ve been there in light breezes, stiff breezes and howling winds. In 2002, the sun was shining through patchy clouds and a light breeze was blowing. A harpist was playing in the adjacent field to the car park. In 2004, the wind was a bit more fierce and chilling, but the visibility was good. In 2005, the wind blasted up and over the crest of the pass making it hard to stand. It was hard to hear anything more than a couple feet away. The view was still impressive, but intermittent rain made it far from pleasant. The best view is to the east. Down in the valley are several lakes and on a nice day, the clouds are reflected in the blue water surrounded by green hills.
The road to the East is not as scary and is broken by turnouts, one with a nice waterfall. Eventually you descend into trees and lush countryside. Your next stop should be Camp and a visit to the Railway Tavern for a pint and chat with Mike O’Neil.
From journal Co. Kerry