Travel theme: Peaks

Ireland is pretty flat for the most part, with a great central plain surrounded by a scattering of cheeky peaks. The Wicklow Mountains and Blackstairs in the southwest are pretty but nowhere near lofty enough to give me the mountaineous rush I used to get heading up into the Cascades of northern Washington so I had to venture all the way over to Kerry in the southeast to come close.

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Here are some other peaks I’ve encountered on my travels, starting with the famous Liberty Bell at Washington Pass.

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The enigmatic Henry Mountains along Highway 24 in Utah; the last mountain range to be named in the continental US – they didn’t even appear on maps until 1872 and were referred to as the Unknown Mountains.

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Volcanic peaks surrounding Guatemala‘s Lake Atitlan.

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Peaks on a much smaller scale, but just as amazing – the magical fairy chimneys of central Turkey.

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xxx Ailsa

On all the peaks lies peace. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While on top of Everest, I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed. It showed me that even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges. – Edmund Hillary


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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38 Responses to Travel theme: Peaks

  1. aj vosse says:

    Oh… for a peek at some of those peaks! Uplifting, it will be!! 😉

  2. wow!!!! looks like an amazing place!! ive always wanted to visit Ireland. Any suggestions besides Dublin?

  3. 76sanfermo says:

    Superb views, really!

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  7. Leya says:

    Love especially the Turkey shot! Mine are from New Zealand both.

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  9. My best friend from high school lives in Oregon and makes fun of our mountains here in Virginia; calls them hills. Oh well..we’re better off in that dept than Florida still.

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  14. Jaspa says:

    Stunning landscapes in all of your photos this week, Ailsa. The peaks of the Wrangell Mountains are providing me with all sorts of inspiration right now!

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  16. Stunning landscapes indeed! I’ve always wanted to see the ones in Turkey.
    For a change from mountain peaks, I’ve chosen that of a most amazing building:

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  21. Love all your shots and the Hillary quote! For those of us who travel, there are peaks almost every day!

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  24. Since my youth, I have been dreaming of stepping a foot in that majestic country. Its green fields, castles, folklore, and the country’s rich history.

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  26. Impressive mountain peaks, Ailsa. I’ve searched in my US photos, and came up with these:
    Have a nice weekend! x

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