The Lies Parents Tell You, or Beware the Fountain of Doom!


My parents had a firm rule for me whenever we visited Cantigny: touch…nothing. Actually, in my case, this rule was generally applied to all situations (in stores, people’s houses, petting zoos, etc.), but here at the park it was reinforced, especially when it came…to the fountain.

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Fifteen


Day Fifteen (9/28/18): Home, or, Steve Can't Hold His Liquor I awoke this morning to a spectacular sunrise and accompanying ocean view from my bedroom windows. While Tim decided to go out for an early morning run (clearly the adventure run of a few days ago did not dampen his desire for self-torture), I sat … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Fifteen

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Fourteen


Day Fourteen (9/27/18): Howth Your Shepherd's Pie? After a delightful continental breakfast served in our B&B’s dining room, Tim and I took our leave and set out to explore Edinburgh in the daylight. The weather proved to be overcast and windy for much of the day. In addition, our time was limited because of our … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Fourteen

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Thirteen


Day Thirteen (9/26/18): Nessie Searching, the Fate of Castle Urquhart, and Traveling “Diagon Alley” Through Edinburgh We left Inverness and headed southward toward the legendary Loch Ness. The morning weather proved to be dreary and wet, with a low-hanging mist hovering over the choppy water, giving the surrounding area a sense of ancient mystery. Although … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Thirteen

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Eleven


Day Eleven (9/24/18): Cheers, Ireland! Hi-ya, Scotland! Now that the weekend had ended, it was time to decide what we would do with the remaining days of our vacation. In our pre-trip planning, Tim and I deliberately left our final few days open. However, before we could address our itinerary, there was the matter of … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Eleven

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Ten


Day Ten (9/23/18): An Ulster Fried Day In the end, no one came to throw us out of our room, and Tim and I passed a comfortable night. We stopped for breakfast at a little Irish restau…okay fine, it was McDonald’s again. Down the street from said restaurant was a church that Tim had previously … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Ten

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Nine


Day Nine (9/22/18): Children and Idiots Mark Twain once wrote that “Providence protects children and idiots. This is really true. I know because I have tested it.” Not merely content to heed these words, on this particular day, I put them to the test, and I came to the same conclusion: God loves stupid people … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Nine

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Eight


Day Eight (9/21/18): Homecoming You know it’s going to be an amazing day when you throw back the curtains in the morning and find yourself staring at a rainbow outside your bedroom window. This would prove to be the first of many rainbows that my brother and I came across during our day’s journey. We … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Eight

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Seven


Day Seven (9/20/18): John Wayne Drank Here We got an early start to our day. We packed up and were on the road to Galway by 9 a.m. Once we got into the city, we stopped for breakfast at a little Irish place called…McDonald’s. Yes, that McDonald’s (they have ‘em in Ireland too). The big … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Seven

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Six


Day Six (9/19/18): "Ruin"ing a Vacation We made our departure from the Dunaway farm around lunchtime, and headed northwest until we reached Limerick where we had lunch.  Despite being surrounded by ancient buildings, Limerick proved to be a very trendy, hipster-friendly city. At times, I felt a little out of place there, having no tattoos, … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Six

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Five


Day Five (9/18/18): Irish Roads are Mad! After a late start and a long breakfast with Dorothy, Tim and I set out to explore County Cork. Our first stop was at the bayside town of Bantry. The weather was beautiful as we strolled around the bay and the city centre. Blue skies and pleasant temperatures … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Five

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Four


Day Four (9/17/18): You Can Take the Yank Out of America... So…we don’t tip? I got to put my American naivety on display in the morning, following a good Irish breakfast at the hotel café. I realized that I hadn’t put a tip in our hotel room for housekeeping. I pulled out €20 and headed … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Four

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Two


Day Two (9/15/18): Iceland, or, Never Bring an Umbrella to a Wind Fight It was 11 am local time when we landed in Keflavik, Iceland. We disembarked into overcast, 40-degree (Fahrenheit) weather, although I didn’t notice it initially because I was overjoyed by the return of blood flow to my legs. Once inside the terminal, … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day Two

Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day One


Friday, September 14, 2018: Marching Bands, Flying Guinea Pigs, and WOW Moments There’s nothing like having a parade to send you off on your journey in style. Okay, so maybe the parade wasn’t exactly on my account. Truthfully, it was the local high school’s homecoming parade. However, they were marching right by my house…so I … Continue reading Roundabout: Circling the Emerald Isle, Day One