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A Day in the Valley of Two Lakes, Glendalough

CEA took the members of the Dublin crew on an unforgettable excursion to Glendalough in County Wicklow. We loaded a bus and after about an hour and half drive, we arrived at the Glendalough Visitors Centre where the beautiful adventure began. The misty air, dewey trees, fresh aromas, and beautiful colors combined to create a sensory overload.

The adventure started with a walk through Saint Kevin Cemetery. Above the tombstones and through the trees, we could see the hike we were about to endure. On our way to the base of the mountain where the hike would begin, we passed incredible sites. The trees were endless with tiny streams of water running through them. It was almost possible to envision little woodland creatures living amongst them. Everywhere I looked there was a new shade of green or a nook in a tree I hadn't noticed the first time I'd looked. We reached the base of the hike and immediately started straight up through the trees on a set of wooden stairs. The trees were so dense, nearly no light reached down to us on our ascend. The darkness was well worth the sites we were greeted with after breaking through the trees at the top of hike. From one direction we could see the lake below us.From the other direction, we could see the little rivers that fed into the lake below. The hillside had an incredible range of vivid colors.With the blue water, blue sky, and the various shades of orange, red, and green on the hillside, the view from the top was breath taking. It was an incredible trip and I'd love to go back for a little more exploring!

 The trees seemed to go on forever with the streams snaking into the background.
 
 The beginning of our journey started with this spectacular view from Saint Kevin's Cemetery
 
 The hillside was vibrant with beautiful colors. I couldn't help but stop and stare.
 
 It was impossible to feel anything but peace with clouds grazing the hillside and a beautiful blue lake below.
 The streams came from deep within the valley to feed the lake below.


Erin Kinsey is the Spring 2015 MOJO Photographer in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently a senior at Black Hills State University.

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