Ireland by Kiley Melicker

There are so many people to thank for this trip, all of you loved ones. Ireland was Brandon's and my honeymoon choice and we saved up for this trip for over a year with the help of friends and family on our wedding day. Planning for such a long time made the trip seem unreal until I stepped off the plane.

We started in Dublin, took a train to Waterford, bused to Cahir and Cashell, bused to Cork and Killarney, bused to Limerick, Galway, then Clifden, and took a train back to Dublin. Our travel took a two week, clockwise circle around the island.

Some highlights from the trip:

Dublin: Guinness Storehouse Tour, The Book of Kells and the Long Library at Trinity College, All the Guinness, The Dublin Writers Museum, walking for miles around the city

Cashell: Rock of Cashell, Hore Abbey, traditional Irish music, beers in a 400 year old bar, B&B best location and window view of the Abbey, delicious fish chowder

Killarney: Glamping, drinking whiskey by the campfire, traditional music in old bars, touching wool, taking a rowboat out on Lough Leane lake, cooking

Galway: wandering the streets, getting lost in old bars and buildings, traditional music, buskers, bridges and rivers, walking into a wedding party at the hotel

Clifden: views of Connemara national park, lakes, bays, rivers, and mist, the absolute best dinner of the trip, local whiskey, walking Sky Road to the beach

It was a journey that involved a lot of Gunniess, chit chat with locals and tourists, some alternative planning when I fell and busted both of my knees in Killarney, many museums, a lot of fish, much walking, working together to plan and navigate places we have never seen before, and an incredible amount of gratefulness. Thank you <3

If you'd like to see more photos from the trip, you can find them here.

Tiny Letter by Kiley Melicker

Hi All! I've started a tiny letter, which will be sent out once or twice a month. I've sent out one introductory letter so far and have another planned for next week. I'll be using it for life updates, article, music, and photography sharing. If you're interested, you can subscribe below or here.  It's like a newsletter, but personal and shared with friends. If you decided to start your own tiny letter, let me know! <3

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Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch by Kiley Melicker

I went to a corn maze and pumpkin patch with my dear friend Michele D on Sauvie Island in Oregon. We pet little piggies, ate donuts, stood in field of pumpkins, enjoyed the fall harvest of squash, got lost in a corn maze, and amazingly did not get rained on. 

Pumpkin Queen

Pumpkin Queen

Pumpkin Jester

Pumpkin Jester

Lil' piggies <3

Lil' piggies <3

I was very excited for the corn maze and it definitely met my expectations. The first half of the maze built up our confidence and the second half tore it down and made us feel real stupid. It was great!

This picture was taken while pretending to be lost - moments later we actually were lost.

This picture was taken while pretending to be lost - moments later we actually were lost.

May the sloth shirt lead the way.

May the sloth shirt lead the way.

We punched our way out!

We punched our way out!

Our lesson that day was that strength of muscle, not strength of solves mazes.

Our lesson that day was that strength of muscle, not strength of solves mazes.