A Moment Like Those

Two weeks go by, the blog remains dormant. At home, at work, I attempt to recover. Initially my jet lag wore off, but a week after returning, I find myself unable to stay awake past 9 pm, so I listen to my body. I sleep when I need rest, even when it feels indulgent. I take time to regain my footing and adjust to my schedule.

Now I’m back, clinging to memories and images of my trip. I treasure what I experienced, and I hold tight to the sights, sounds and smells of my adventure through Ireland.

Driving

I can think of no other way to see the country than by driving straight through it. Logging hundreds of miles in a rental car, jamming through the lush countryside, discovering how difficult it is to drive on the other side of the road, I saw more of the country than I ever expected. (And to learn about those motor vehicle cultural differences was a trip itself!)

During the road-tripping, I stopped at a Saturday morning farmer’s market, where locals sold their goods and merchandise. I admired the happy go lucky people who shrugged off their country’s mercurial weather with simple logic: “It’s I-rrreland!”

After talking about their simple, happy lives and happy, home fed animals, I envied these people and their simplistic values and lifestyles. “How I wish mine could be more like yours,” I thought.Raining

Another view from the ground was seeing rows and rows of empty houses, just like what can be seen across the USA. To realize the housing meltdown far exceeds the boundaries of California was sobering. “How many Irish dreams were broken by the international meltdown? ” I thought. “Hundreds, thousands …a lot.”

Traveling that far of a distance for that short of time was truly a whirlwind, but as I stood on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, with the Atlantic Ocean blowing in my face, I forgot about the miles logged, and I melted into the moment.

Struck by the natural beauty of the cliffs, while standing in the wind with thousands of birds flying below, I bowed to their greatness, strength, beauty and legacy.

Reverse Moher

Humbled by the size of what I stood before, I took time to recognize something I have never seen before in my life.

I’ve been to the Redwood Forest, camped at Lake Powell and flown over the Grand Canyon, but I haven’t stood before such a great natural wonder of the world.

Standing before something so grand, beautiful and natural, truly a landscape for everyone to witness at least once in your life time, is a moment I will remember for years to come. Probably forever.

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40 thoughts on “A Moment Like Those

  1. For a similar hit that hints of eternity, check out the jumbled terrain surrounding the 5 over the Grapevine. What strikes you up there, as in the photo of the Cliffs of Moher, are the distinctive layers in the rock faces. These layers are the product of multiple episodes of deposition and uplift. At various points in the distant past, the area was under water. Sediment, most of it the bodies of sea creatures, constantly rained down from the water above, collected on the floor, and eventually was squeezed into sedimentary rock. Over vast amounts of time, plate tectonics lifted the floor up, drained the water above, and stopped the depositional period. And the cycle repeated; the area lowered again, another body of water formed above it, and another period of deposition commenced.

    In those special regions on the Earth’s surface where multiple layers are revealed, the view captures millions of years of the Earth’s history. Indeed, quite awe-inspiring!

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  2. Ryan, you are the perfect blend of writer-photographer. I don’t know how you do it. I never honed the talent of blending both. I was either the photograher, seeing only through the lens or the writer whos lens was opened by imagination as well as reality. I guess it’s like chewing gum and walking at the same time – some of us can do and some of us can’t. But I am so happy that you can. We will nag you to death until you do a book, right TG?

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  3. Ryan,
    I am in AWWW over your writing. You captured the moment on film but the sheer essence of that moment transpired into verse is absolutely beautiful. YOU CAPTURED THE MOMENT IN VERSE~~~wonderful name of a book.

    Ryan…Have you ever taken a Hot Air Balloon Ride? I have and it was by far the most enlighting time in my life. To be above ground, looking down, and seeing deer laying in the bushes. To see small streams of water just gingerly moving along and to fly over a large body of water where they meet. To skim the tree tops to slow the speed of the Hot Air Balloon for landing is scary but also thrilling.

    You have a gift~~~work on it!!! It will be published, you are talented.

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  4. Ryan, we wait with bated breath (just what is that, exactly?!) for your next entry like children waiting for Christmas! Your words are the presents that get opened once we read them. Thank you for my present today!
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. Beautiful pics & story Ryan. That cliff is so breathtaking! Another awesome place cloer to home if you’ve never been is: Crater Lake, Oregon.

    We visited it a few years ago and I was overwhelmed with it’s size and beauty.

    Thanks for sharing your travels with us, I haven’t left Washington in many years but that’s ok I love it here.

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  6. Ryan, Obham couldn’t have said it any better(love the book title btw too lol)!!

    Your stories are captivating! So glad to hear that you listened to your body and got that much needed rest…I fight sleep all of the time lol

    Until your next great post…..

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  7. When I read the part about the empty houses and saw the beautiful cliff picture, tears came to my eyes. I can’t explain it but I was really touched.

    Laura

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  8. RYAN, WAITING FOR ANOTHER GREAT STORY. I NEED SOME SWEET WORDS TO LIFT MY SPIRITS. .DO YOU EVER WRITE COMEDY OR JUST PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET ALONG THE WAY? JUST WONDERING. I HOPE I LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE YOU BECOME A WELL KNOWN AUTHOR. GET OUT FRONT KIDDO, GET OUT FRONT. YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN.

    TG

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  9. TG: Thanks for the blog comment. Keep in touch with me. Sorry about whatever was going on, I don’t read all the comments so am in the dark. You take care. Will see you around The Written Road.

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    1. ANNIE,

      OLD LADIES FEELINGS GET HURT.I’M NOT ONE TO ARGUE I’M MORE A LOVER THAN A FIGHTER.LOL
      I LOVE RYANS’ STORIES AND I FEEL THIS BLOG JUST MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. I ALWAYS FEEL THAT I WANT MORE WHEN I READ ANYTHING HE WRITES. SO CALMING. I JUST HOPE HE WRITES A BOOK BEFORE I DIE. LOL I’LL CATCH YOUR BLOG NOW AND THEN.

      TAMPAGRANNY

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  10. Confession time, I have Ryan and I am holding him hostage. Any bids to get him back???????

    He’s being cared for, bread, water and pencil and paper…

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  11. Alas, I thought our dear Ryan would have bid a fond farewell before taking off north to the frozen tundra. I know that he will have beautiful pictures and stories to share, if not along the way, for sure when he gets back home.

    A well deserved vacation for all concerned.

    I have no shame, so if you are in need of some blog-reading please stop by mine:

    http://www.helloartichokeannie.blogspot.com

    criann, how are you doing? If that is your little boy in the picture, he is a real cutie. I wonder, did you ever find the time to make the Snow Ball cookies?

    Happy Summer Everyone.

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  12. That is EXACTLY what I was suggesting you do. Read your posts- you’re kind of pushy. We all love Ryan’s writing but he does have other jobs and he is well worth waiting PATIENTLY for.

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  13. TG- I did not attack you. I even put a smiley face in my first post- and the next was only a response to your smart comment. Let’s keep it nice on Ryan’s blog.

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  14. Am SO anxious for your next entry Ryan. I think it will be so interesting no matter what, but if you give you “take” on the cruise, the insights you gained from that and what Ross is presenting (which I love BTW) the comparison of how you see things will be riveting I’m sure!
    See you at the next entry!!
    marejohn

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  15. Hello everyone! I know it’s been some time, but I wanted to leave a message to say thank you for all the energy you’ve been sending my way.

    I do have lots to say and write about the Alaska cruise. I’m working on something to publish later this week.

    And let’s all play nice! Please know I appreciate TG’s persistence in telling me to keep up my writing — it actually helps when I’m lacking motivation.

    As long as you understand that I write when I have the energy and passion to tell a specific story. I never intended to blog just to blog. I blog to share my point of view when my point of view is something I feel is worthy of sharing.

    I am so thankful for all of you faithful readers out there. Your support and comments mean the world to me and my writing.

    See you in the comments!

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  16. THANK YOU RYAN, I THINKYOU KNOW BY NOW HOW MUCH YOU AND ROSS HAVE MEANT TO ME IN THESE PAST FEW MONTHS. ALSO YOU KNOW I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN. ALSO I KNOW HOW HARD YOU WORK. YOU ALSO KNOW THAT I WILL ALSO KEEP READING YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORDS. SO THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY DAY TO DROP US ALL A NOTE. I FOR ONE WILL RACE TO READ YOUR NEXT STORY ON ALASKA. I HAVE NEVER BEEN INTO MYSELF. I’M A GIVER NOT A TAKER. AS FOR THE ONES THAT CAN’T TAKE WHAT THEY HAND OUT. SORRY ABOUT THAT. IF I’M GOING TO BE ATTACK BY CROSS WORDS THEN MAYBE ALL OUR WORDS NEED TO BE DELETED. THANKS AGAIN RYAN FOR BEING YOU. YOUR A SWEET GENTEL SOUL.

    TG

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  17. I am fund of natural beauty like jungles and ocean.the picture i saw is amazing wonderful.Its a great natural phenomenon.
    I am very impressed who ever creat this picture.

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