erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Smith)
With the information from the Brigid book I got in the mail yesterday, I was able to find the entryway to the original Brigid's well in Kildare.

This link shows the overhead view. There are three intersecting pale lines in the view, and just below the one angling off to the right there is a little curved footpath. That's the entry to the well.

Sadly, from Google Maps you can't actually see the well itself, but from the street view, you can see down along the path into the area where the well can be found. What I can see there matches up with photos I've seen of the area surrounding the well.

I also spent time today looking in the various sources I have on hand and found that the "Barrule" spoken of in the Manx Traditionary Ballad is, in fact, South Barrule and was where offerings were made to Manannán at midsummer. The site is also associated with Lughnassadh celebrations. There is an ancient stone fort at the top of the mountain (it's a hill by Northwest standards, but is one of the highest points on the island) which was said to be Manannán's seat. It's apparently a 30-45 minute hike at a "moderate" pace, so I ought to be able to do the ascent within an hour to 90 minutes, even with my achy bits. I've been digging up a fair amount of other stuff as well, which is pretty exciting. I want to be reasonably well prepared when I get there so that I'll know where I want to go and how I want to get there.

Mom called today and we talked about health stuff, and my upcoming travels. She's really eager to see photos of where I travel, and I told her I'd post what I could while I was over there, but most of the pics would be posted when I got home. I also let her know that I'd check in as often as I could here while I was traveling. I don't know that I'll have access to wireless every day, particularly while I'm on the Isle of Man, but I'll see what I can do. I don't want her (or anyone else) to worry, after all.

Yesterday I'd taken a duck out of the freezer and today I roasted it and have had a bit. The rest of it is in the fridge, waiting to be taken apart and for the drippings to be turned into some gravy. I'll probably make rice tomorrow. When I was considering dinner, I figured I would sauté some asparagus, but someone mentioned that roasted asparagus was really good and told me how to do it, so I did that instead and it was, in fact, quite tasty.

It was a lovely, warm, sunny day today, almost 70f. After yesterday's physical issues, I wasn't sure how I'd be doing, but I decided to go out and take a walk around the lake anyway. I do need to get myself into somewhat better shape for all the walking I'll be doing while I'm overseas and the best thing to do is to try and get out around the lake every day. It takes me about 45 minutes to make the circuit, moving at a good pace, so it should help me get myself together. I did pretty well today and didn't have any trouble, though I'd forgotten to put the new knee brace on before I left, so my knee was a little cranky by the time I got home. It took about 15 minutes for my legs to stop having muscle twitches once I got back, though. That always feels really weird.

Tomorrow is a day for more research, and for some work on pilgrimage rituals and writing prompts and whatnot. So much still to do, but I'm enjoying the process.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
Here are photos from Toketee Falls, and one for a sign at Umpqua Hot Springs.

Be amused. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I've managed to make it to Oregon City. Today was long and very busy and I'm completely flat, so this will be a very short post. I started out from Ashland about 8:30 this morning, after a tasty breakfast at Greenleaf Cafe. I headed up to Crater Lake (the god of navigation attempted to send me up a dirt road and I said "oh fuck no" and went along one of the more main roads, which was significantly better and safer) and got there about 11am. The lake was, for the most part, misted over, but when I did the partial loop of Rim Drive West, I did manage to get a good view of the lake and took some photos.

After I left the mountain, I headed up along back roads toward Roseburg and stopped along the way at a waterfall (more pictures) and then took a further detour up the road to Umpqua hot springs. It was delightful, thought he trail was a bit steeper than I'd have liked. 1200 feet from the trail fork, but it was mostly vertical. Oy.

I found that by the time I'd reached Eugene, it was still fairly early in the day, so I stopped for a couple of hours to visit with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his partner. We had a lovely conversation, and it was good to catch up with him somewhere that was not PantheaCon for a change.

I arrived at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place about 10:30, whereupon we adjourned to Shari's so that I could get something foodlike into my system. I looked around in the car for my camera but couldn't find it. I think it's in there somewhere -- if the car had been broken into, more would have been missing than just that. If it's not there, I might have left it at [livejournal.com profile] mythworker's place, but I won't fret until I've had a chance to look at the car in the daylight tomorrow.

The sib pinged me just before I got to Eugene. He's in Springfield, MA tonight and expects to be on the Cape tomorrow. His start date for work is July 5th.

There will be more news when I have two brain cells to bang together.
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Today we got a start about 9am and headed out on our way to Devil's Punchbowl. The road trip portion of our morning took about two hours. We threaded through the mountains on California 2 up through Angeles National Forest and out the other side to run up against the San Andreas Fault.

The Devil's Punchbowl is a chunk of land with faultlines on both sides that have pressed the land into vertical chunks of rock shaped roughly into an oval. There's a small creek running through the bottom of the area, though I didn't go down the creek trail. I wasn't sure there was actually water running in it until I'd passed the detour trailhead and come up above the area on my way up the last quarter mile of the mile-long loop trail. Looking down, I could see small areas of slow-moving water.

When we arrived at the site, the ranger met us outside with a barn owl that he'd rescued when it was just a chick. He said she was about seven years old now. I got a couple of photos of her as Linda held her. In the information building they had a collection of area snakes and lizards, along with a rather sizable tortoise.

The day was hot and bright, though Torrance was overcast when we left. We got above the marine layer fairly quickly, though. It was, I'm sure, in the 90s where we were, and a few places along the trail felt five to ten degrees hotter than other places. Fortunately there was a nice breeze at intervals that kept things very pleasant.

I walked with Lowell and Linda for most of the first half of the trail, then they said I could go on ahead and they'd meet me later. Linda's recovering from a knee replacement surgery and though she's been doing quite a bit of walking in town, this was her first trail expedition. Unfortunately, the latter half of the trail was much more rugged than the initial half-mile, so they turned and retraced their steps to the trailhead after I'd gone to circle around. When I got back to the ranger station from the hike, I got myself a cold bottle of iced tea -- the water I'd taken along got pretty hot along the hike and just wasn't doing me much good. The cold was wonderful after the strenuous activity and I lay around on a picnic table in the shade for an hour or so, getting in my mindfulness meditations and watching the birds in the area.

By the time Lowell showed up, I'd been thinking to give it another half hour before I headed down the trail again to find them. Linda's legs were giving out on her. She'd been hanging onto Lowell's belt to help get up the trail. We talked briefly to the ranger and got permission to get the car into the trailhead area from the parking lot, then went down and brought her the rest of the way up the trail. She's fine, she was just really exhausted and had pushed herself too hard for her current condition.

I got a lot of photos of manzanita bushes. I was fascinated by the textures and shapes of the wood. I also got some nice photos of the rock formations around the bowl as I navigated the circumference. Lowell took a bunch of photos during the hike (and some in the past couple of days while I've been here) and says he'll be giving me a cd with his photos from this trip on it for me to have.

We grabbed some lunch on the way home. We stopped at Charlie Brown Farms for food. It was pretty good but the service was incredibly slow. The place is rather like a low-budget Wall Drug, with way too much stuff that nobody needs. They also, however, had a really impressive selection of unusual meats -- ostrich, alligator, wild boar... I would have picked up some boar for the schmooze's next ritual feast, but there was just no way I was going to be able to get it home in any kind of edible condition.

After we got back, I sprang for Chinese for everyone, as there was no way I wanted to have any of us worrying about cooking or doing dishes. Linda's on the couch reading the paper. Lowell's burning the photo cd, and I'm about to finish up and get things ready for heading home tomorrow morning about 9-ish. I'll need to fuel up Garuda but there are a couple of Arco stations close by and gas is only $2.79 at the moment.

Next stop, Redding!
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We got out a bit before noon today to go hiking. There was veggie sausage, berry pie, and cubed up mango for breakfast along with some tea before we left.

The drive up to the canyon wasn't too long. The roads in the mountains here are very twisty and narrow, rather more than they usually tend to be in the Northwest in my experience, but I don't usually do a lot of driving on back roads through the Cascades either.

The day has been sunny and hot. There were quite a few people in the park, though [livejournal.com profile] tagh333 says it wasn't too badly crowded for this area. I took my camera along and got some really nice flower and wildlife shots -- though I also got some that were too blurry to recognize because I'm having a hard time focusing. I think it's definitely time to get the eyes checked. I can't really tell through the viewfinder whether something is much in focus or not. [livejournal.com profile] rosiel7673 was identifying plants for me along the way, so I got a fair idea of what I was looking at for the most part. There was a lot of poison oak alongside the path in places and we had to skirt by it carefully.

Photo here! )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Yuki_Onna's Book of Dreams)
I spent last weekend hiking at Cape Alava and Cape Flattery, out near Lake Ozette and Neah Bay.

Here be photos )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (chai)
Early this month, I took a trip out to La Push again with my friend Lucinda. We both did some heavy spirit work that weekend, and I took some photos as well. I'll share a couple of them with you here.

La Push is becoming a favorite place of mine, and is one of the places I like to go when I need to reconnect with spirit in a deep way. We go out to a little oceanside "resort" with some very ramshackle cabins and rooms. There are no phones in the cabins, no tv. They do, however, have little kitchenettes, and lots of peace and quiet. Being in the off season, we paid $50 a night for our cabin, a very inexpensive rate. I was able to take Chris along as well, and let him run on the beach offleash.

La Push, Rialto Beach, and the Hoh )

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