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Curtis in the World: Fairy Trail

“We should probably get back on the fairy trail so we don’t get lost,” I said while standing over Julia and Yana, as they examined another fairy house we had just discovered. Yana and Julia ignored me and continued to patiently wait for the fairy to come out of its house. I smiled and decided to make my way back to the trail, hoping that I would stumble upon another undiscovered fairy house that we could sit at and examine for another 30 minutes.

We had spent 20 minutes walking and driving around Derrynane Beach looking for the fairy trail. The trail was difficult to find because there were no signs that pointed us in the right direction. After we stumbled upon the fairy trail, Yana wanted us to follow her. Unencumbered by the possibility of getting lost, Yana lead the way through the twisting maze of fairy trails, trees and dense foliage, scanning the area for any signs of the fairies.

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The sun was partially out and the weather was a little bit warmer than it had been at the beach. Yana decided that it was warm enough to take off her coat and even though Julia and I insisted she wear it, the more she insisted that she did not need to. We continued stumbling around the fairy trail looking for the elusive fairies and when we could only find their homes, Yana insisted that Julia and I were being too loud.

“How does that work?” I asked Yana. “We have been perfectly quiet and haven’t said anything for the past 30 minutes.” Yana crossed her arms and looked up at Julia and me with a matter-of-fact expression plastered on her face and said, “You have big feet, and you are big so the fairies are scared and they then hide.” She then turned away from us, uncrossed her arms and continued her search.

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The deeper we moved into the surrounding woods looking for more fairy homes, the more lost we became. Fortunately, we stumbled upon an ancient stone fort and an older Irish couple who explained to us how to exit the glen. They were interesting people and talked at great length about the history of the fairy trail and related Irish legends.

“When you find a fairy you have to step on it or it will place a spell on you, because those fairies are nasty little creatures,” the older Irish fellow said to Yana with a big smile on his face. Yana ran behind Julia and I and started pushing us back towards the trail. We thanked the Irish couple for their history lesson and made our way back towards the exit of the trail.

The fairy trail was such a beautiful place and we will always have fond memories of it. If you visit the Ring of Kerry, take some time to visit Derrynane House and the surrounding countryside, because they have not been touched by much human activity. It is a peaceful place filled with amazing history and breath-taking scenery.

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JoyB
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JoyB

No one told you to bring an offering for the fairies? They like sweet things.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Well according to the Irish couple we met…the fairies like money more! We left money at almost every fairy house we found…Yana insisted.

Susan B
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What a wonderful place. My children would have so enjoyed an excursion like that. Their imaginations would have soared just as your little Yana’s did. Thanks for showing us this magical place, Curtis. As always, your articles allow me to travel with you and your family to all these marvelous places. 🙂

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Susan, you and your family are always welcome to come with!

clluelo
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clluelo

Ferries are tricky creatures , they like flattery and gifts . They can be petulant when they feel slighted

susanh
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susanh

Curtis, thank you so much for sharing these stories with us. In a time when there is so much bitterness, hatred and division the beauty, innocence and great love evident in your family is a balm for our souls.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Susan, Thank you so much for your kind words. These adventures are one of the reasons we left the US. I’m not saying the world isn’t a bitter place, but Scotland and Ireland are DEFINITELY not. I love my family and as a child I always imagined traveling and exploring these hidden places with my wife and daughter. It just makes me feel so purposeful and human. I have so many more stories that I will share!

susanh
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susanh

That’s wonderful, Curtis. We look forward to hearing more about your beautiful family, especially that precious little girl. God bless you all!

GsGirl
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GsGirl

This is just so precious… “You have big feet, and you are big and the fairies are scared and they then hide.” Out of the mouths of children. It reminds me of a story that I once read…(please bear with me)…. A young couple, along with their three-year-old, brought their newborn home from the hospital. The toddler was adamant about wanting to spend some ‘alone time’. with the infant. The toddler asked every day. Not understanding why, but still wanting to be cautious, the parents finally relented to the toddlers asking, but only after setting up monitors where they could… Read more »

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Wow that is very heartfelt! When Yana was in daycare I had to pick her up one afternoon. When I came into the building I noticed 4 3-year-old’s holding hands and walking up the stairs together. I looked at them with a smile on my face and said “Oh cute little babies” and they all angry looked at me and said “Wir sind kein baby’s mehr!” (We are not babies anymore) I was like oooh k, to many adults in the room. But yeah children say the most unique and logical things and some of the questions they ask seem… Read more »

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Oh and my wife was there too lol 🙂

Mason
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Mason

I love tagging along on your family adventures.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Thank You Mason, we have many more adventures planned. I’m trying to wrap up all of my stories before we leave Germany again, but that is seemingly difficult. I really appreciate the positive feedback and this inspires me to keep writing!

Joni Smith
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Joni Smith

Yana is adorable. Of course your big feet scared the fairies off. LOL! I love that the couple you met shared their knowledge of fairies and the history of the area. So much can be learned from locals. I love these stories. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures and if I ever get to Derrynane Beach I’ll make sure to walk softly so I don’t scare the fairies.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Hi Joni, Yea Yana says a lot of interesting but logical things. Sometimes she surprises me and I don’t even know how to answer her. We love hearing stories from the locals because it makes the entire experience authentic.

Mic-Mac
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Mic-Mac

Cute story Curtis! You got one darling little girl. I can tell you are a wonderful dad. Thank you for sharing.

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