After lunch, a bunch of us (picture and names below) went exploring the expansive grounds. We went through a beautiful forest that had some very interesting foliage. We even found some secret stone stairs!
We then headed to Ross Castle on the other side of the Killarney National Park. Our scenic, and lengthy, walk took us past Muckross Abby and through a busy section of town. An hour and forty minutes from when we started, we arrived at Ross Castle with VERY sore feet. We took a 30 minute break and then toured Ross Castle with some more people from our group. The castle was tiny and not very impressive. All of the Muckross group then waited an hour for the bus to take us to Killarney. Will, Kelsie, Dani and I went to some bookstores then ate dinner at the Humble Pie. I had shepherd's pie and it was delicious! They serve chips (french fries) with everything. Seriously.
Once we got back to the hostel most people went to bed. The boys wanted to play a game so some of us went downstairs to the Reading Room and we played "In the manner of the adverb." Basically, the person who is "it" leaves the room and everyone else picks an adverb. "It" comes back in and asks people to do something in the manner of the adverb. It was a blast! We were kinda loud and we laughed a lot. A girl from Australia, Marie, came in and joined us because she heard us laughing. After a long and very tiring day, that game was a perfect way to end our day.
The grounds looked like Jurassic Park with random wire fences and huge plants.
Look at this leaf! It's huge!
Will modeling the secret stone stairs we found.