Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 5: Ireland! Giant's Causeway

Yesterday was a wonderful day. We docked in Belfast and traveled by bus to Giant's Causeway. I loved this day specifically because we were able to see so much of the Northern Ireland countryside. It's just gorgeous, with all of the glens and valleys. Giant's Causeway is an area on the coast, consisting of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. When mom presented the tour options we had, this was one I didn't want to miss. 

On the drive to Giant's Causeway, we stopped at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, but we didn't go across it. We just stopped long enough to take pictures of it from a distance. It connects the small island off the coast with the mainland. Can you see it in this tiny picture?

We stopped for a photo of Dunluce Castle on the way!

Once we arrived, Mom and I walked down the road from the Causeway Hotel to see the wonderful site!

I know that it just looks like a lot of rocks from this image, but if you look in the background or at the photo below, you'll see that they interlock and most look like geometric shapes like pentagons. 

And then there were these very tall columns.

The accepted explanation for this site is volcanic lava flow that occurred over 60 million years ago, but the myth surrounds a story of a man named Finn McCool who built the walkway in order to fight a Scottish giant. I like the legend better. :)

After we left the Causeway, we drove for hours through some of the most green and lush countryside I've ever seen. All of the houses and farms fit exactly what I had dreamed Ireland would look like. It didn't hurt that the driver played traditional Irish music throughout the entire return trip. I'm really glad that we took a break from touring cities so that I could see the scenes of my imagination.

When we arrived back at the ship, we ate dinner and then got to bed in early. It had been a long day and I was tired, but I also set my alarm to get up at 2am so that I could at least listen to the first game in the Thunder/Heat NBA Finals series. Unfortunately, we don't get the games on the ship (as I had originally thought) but I at least thought I could listen to the game online. Unfortunately, that didn't work either, but dad sent me text messages with updates at the end of each quarter and I wore one of the two Thunder shirts I brought for good luck. It must have worked because we won! Woohoo!!!! So, so proud of our team. I love the Thunder!

Go Thunder!

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