Eight Days of Castles, Rocks and Guiness Part 2 – Streets of Ireland

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Ah, Ireland. Far more than this island’s lush green landscape and guinness attracts visitors. While Dublin is a bustling, youthful city with museums, parks, castles, galleries, shops, pubs, and entertainment, the smaller towns and villages are charming and full of personality. But the Irish people are Ireland’s gem.

Charleston

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A sweet lady with an awesome smile was working at one of the produce stands and chose a big bunch of kale and some other greens for my basket. Tammy has raised 5 boys. She said 4 of them are already men. “I lost my husband to cancer 3 years ago,” she said “but I just keep on going, by the grace of God, because if you don’t then you die”. She told us a story about a man making a comment to her. It was an ignorant comment and she just turned to him and said “ it doesn’t matter that you hate me, because I have God …. I love you just the same.” But this is my favorite Tammy quote: “I’m not all I should be. But, I’m not what I used to be and I’m not all I will be.”

Passage to Charleston

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The forecast was showing the beginning of a settled trend for good sailing northward.  We, by that I mean Rob, hauled the the dingy aboard to secure it to the deck.  I helped by documenting his work.  Not wanting to give you the wrong impression, I will state here that I’m often at that winch; to haul Rob up the mast and to move the outboard to and from the dingy as it sits in the water.  I’m a hard working crew member.  By the evening, we were ready to pass through the Bridge of Lions at a 7:00 opening next morning. Two other sailboats were heading out the St. Augustine inlet at the same time.  It was a good day to sail. Local knowledge advised not making a turn north until reaching the sea buoy to avoid running into … Continued

St. Augustine: the wrap up

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I love seeing dolphins play off the bow when we’re sailing. They make me so excited. I clap and try to encourage the “show”. What I’ve never seen, until the instant I made this image, was a dolphin playing with his catch. I was trying to get a nice shot of a couple of dolphins for my grandchildren, when I was amazed to see one throw a fish high out of