The Comeragh Mountains lie towards the west of County Waterford. All year long we can track the sun as it sets further north or south along the high ridges, from one solstice extreme to the other. Like our elders, we tell the season and the hour by it.
The weather comes to us from these mountains too and so every morning we check to see what’s on it’s way. As in the old joke, if we can see the mountains there is rain coming and if we can’t see the mountains it is already raining.
Up here now there’s a bitter wind: eyes watering with warm tears, breath fogging up the viewfinder. The walk to the waterfall has us bent double against the force of it.
Over the other side beyond the summit, the road heads out west towards the Atlantic; Dungarvan, Youghal, Cork, Killarney, Dingle.
And as we turn for home I remember that it’s time to start planning a longer road trip again……