Northern Ireland & Ireland
June 12-22, 2007

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Giant's Causeway

Thursday, 6/14
The Causeway coast was just gorgeous (northern coast of Northern Ireland)
Our first stop that day was Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The one-mile walk to the bridge was scenic but extremely windy and cold.
Unfortunately because of the wind, the bridge was closed. Would I have crossed it? Probably not; I've got a fear of heights, but it would've been nice to get a picture of Jason on it.
On the left is the gateway to the bridge. The bridge spans a 65 foot chasm between the mainland and a tiny island, and is 80 feet above the sea. For 200 years, local fishermen put up the bridge each spring to allow access to the island's salmon fishery.

Video of the bridge and ocean
On the left, picture of Jason on the hillside. The right, you can see the deep turquoise of the ocean.
Our second stop: Giant's Causeway. Stretching four miles along the coast, this area is famous for its strange basalt columns. Weird six-sided pillars rise from the ground. It's a natural occurance that was caused by volcanic eruptions nearly 60 million years ago. Google it if you want to learn more.
Close-up of the organ.
We'll be taking the trail on the left to the top of the cliff; on the right, a sign warning of the dangers of hiking the trail
The gorgeous scenery

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